Liverpool gig guide – Regina Spektor, Toots and the Maytals, Martha Reeves and much more


Martha Reeves

Plenty of live dates are in the offing over the coming seven days, take the hand of GetintothisDavid Hall as he guides you through his gig picks.

There’s never a dull moment on the Liverpool live scene, with gigs to please all tastes hitting town this week. Merseyside has more than its fair share of exclusives coming on this week, from genre-defining legends no less.

Elsewhere, big national tours take their turn towards the banks of the Mersey too, with much-loved but under-used venues rising to the occasion. Both the Empire and the Olympia take turns this week to welcome household names to their boards, and we couldn’t be more excited.

Of course the best in new and underground music also rears its head across the city this week too, with quaint and cosy venues opening their doors. These are live shows not tea rooms though – well, for the most part anyway – so those characterful hovels we’re blessed with in Liverpool ready their shoddy welcome to a select few this week.

With brand new acts on top of established but fiercely independent artists on show, it’s another fine week for the live scene.

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor

Regina Spektor: Empire Theatre, Monday August 7

Begin to Hope once more, as the Russian-American songwriter brings her Songs of Soviet Kitsch to Merseyside.

That’s a lot of Regina Spektor album title puns we’ve managed, how are we doing so Far? If you can’t make it, our review will fill you in on What We Saw From The Cheap Seats.

Read our full preview here.

Toots & The Maytals (Image: artist's Facebook)

Toots & The Maytals (Image: artist’s Facebook)

Toots & The Maytals: Olympia, Tuesday August 8

One of the most influential acts ever to emerge from Jamaica, the ska icons play an exclusive show as part of a brief stint in the UK and following a well-received set at Coachella Festival earlier this year.

The reggae originators are on a collision course with a huge Liverpool date in the form of a show that will shake the Olympia to its very core.

Read our full preview here.



FUSS EP Launch: Leaf on Bold Street, Friday August 11

Local space cadets, the fast-rising FUSS celebrate the launch of their debut recorded collection with a night out on Bold Street.

Support comes from Danye, Connah Abraham and Planet Telex, and entry is free.

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Martha Reeves: Cavern Club, Sunday August 13

Yes, that Martha Reeves. Yep, that Cavern Club. Do you need any more convincing?

The Vandellas singer and Motown great visits the iconic Mathew Street venue with just shy of 60 years’ performing experience under her belt. Insert joke about dancing in the street here.

Read our full preview here.

Boo Seeka

Boo Seeka

In the event of nothing so far raising your alarm, break glass and press for GetintothisGigbites:

  • Boo Seeka: Studio 2, Parr Street, Monday August 7
  • Quantize The Third: Kazimier Garden, Saturday August 12
Marvin Powell at Deep Cuts

Marvin Powell at Deep Cuts

Marvin Powell: Buyers Club, Friday September 8

If you’ve left the house over the past year or two and taken in a few live shows in Liverpool, you almost can’t help but have run into Marvin Powell. The Skeleton Key-signed folk artist has just announced his own hometown headline show at Hardman Street’s Buyers Club, a venue he is intimately acquainted with.

It’s sure to be an absorbing, atmospheric affair as the lush voice and acoustic guitar of Powell, to coincide with the release his new EP, Wind Before the Train.