Looking ahead to another scintillating seven days of sexy live outings, Getintothis‘ David Hall brings you what’s good on Merseyside as the calendar rolls over to November.
Well. We never doubted it for a moment, but sometimes you’ve got to sit back watch how some things play out. But Christ in a canoe did Liverpool Music Week get off to a stellar start!
We mean, Chic! CHIC! Nile Rodgers and co. really punched a hole in the Echo roof and pretty much the atmosphere too with a boogie night to remember.
There’s still plenty left in the tank as well, and a second installment of Liverpool Music Week gigs are set to flood the city centre this week.
It’s not all wristbands and metro festivals however, and you’ll find that life goes on beyond the LMW horizon. There’s the usual clutch of fantastic dates in venues across Merseyside in the next seven days, which prove that really in Liverpool, every week is music week.
Marc Almond: Philharmonic Hall, Monday October 30
Former Soft Cell frontman Marc Almond says hello to Liverpool and waves goodbye to… erm, nowhere, as this is the first night of a short five-date tour.
It’s all ahead of a Christmas-themed date at the Royal Albert Hall also featuring Alexander Armstrong, Holly Johnson, Mel C, Ricky Wilson, Tom Chaplin and Laura Mvula. Because all of those people have famous Christmas songs. Holly gets a free pass obviously. Gwed Holly, lad.
Anyway, boy do we digress. Almond has a new album Shadows & Reflections to flog, so expect a career retrospective and plenty of that record.
Lost Horizons: Leaf On Bold Street, Monday October 30
Kicking off their first-ever live date with a Liverpool Music Week gig, Lost Horizons – former 4AD labelmates Richie Thomas and Simon Raymonde – descend upon Leaf for a memorable Mischief Night.
If Raymonde‘s most notable project the Cocteau Twins is anything to go by, it should be nothing short of magical. Celebrating 20 Years of Bella Union, label stalwarts BC Camplight provide support.
Blanck Mass: 24 Kitchen Street, Tuesday October 31
Benjamin John Power, one half of Fuck Buttons, presents his solo electronic drone project Blanck Mass, which is gaining increasing traction in his main band’s downtime.
The incomparable cult noisemakers Bonnacons of Doom will provide an appropriately haunting support for this Halloween night jaunt, plus Outfit mainman Andrew Hunt‘s side hustle Dialect is first on stage.
Jungle: Invisible Wind Factory, Wednesday November 1
Ardent Merseyside gig goers will remember back in the Kazimier days, and on Liverpool Sound City‘s now-returned-to city centre format, when an act just seemed made for a venue. The XX at the Kaz springs to mind, or Royal Blood at Sound City.
Now, don’t quote us on this (no, actually, do) but danceable neo-soulsters Jungle hitting the Invisible Wind Factory with homegirls Stealing Sheep, and otherworldly Secretly Canadian signees Makeness in tow… well. This just could be one of those gigs.
Liverpool Music Week Closing Party: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday November 4
What can we do or say to big up the legendary debauchment of the docklands, that hasn’t already been covered? Well, let’s go through the stellar lineup one more time.
That’s Everything Everything headlining, along with AJ Tracey, Zola Jesus and Perfume Genius. Then backing them up are – protracted intake of breath – Shogun, The Orielles, Ali Horn, Danye, Déjà Vega, Fuss, God On My Right, Jo Mary, L100 Cypher, Peaness, Pink Kink, Rico Don, Rongorongo, She Drew The Gun, Split, SPQR, Strange Collective, Suedebrown and The Tea Street Band. Phew!
A bumper edition of Getintothis’ Gigbites for you to pore over this week. pop pickers!
Here’s all the Liverpool Music Week 2017 shows going down:
- Girl Ray, Sugarmen, Gintis, Disastronauts: EBGBs, Monday October 30
- Japanese Breakfast, St Jude The Obscure, Mary Miller, Bill Nickson: EBGBs, Tuesday October 31
- Childhood, TVME, AGP: The Magnet, Wednesday November 1
- Little Cub, Colour, Marmalade, Black Pulp: EBGBs, Wednesday November 1
- Goat Girl, Shy Billy, Mincemeat, Wild Fruit Art Collective: EBGBs, Thursday November 2
- Princess Nokia, God Colony, Flohio, Moor Mother, Alec Tronik, Glitterfuck, Gaika: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday November 3
- Gengahr, Loved Ones, Her’s: The Magnet, Friday November 3
- Queen Zee & The Sasstones, Salt The Snail, Forever In Debt, Dead Houses: EBGBs, Friday November 3
The best of the rest
- Liam Fray: O2 Academy, Monday October 30
- WSTR: O2 Academy, Tuesday October 31
- Mr Eazi: O2 Academy, Wednesday November 1
- Voodoo Blood, Witch Tripper, Midnight Prophecy: Maguire’s Pizza Bar, Wednesday November 1
- Bury Tomorrow: O2 Academy, Thursday November 2
- Dawn Penn, Dub Defenders DJs: District, Thursday November 2
- DJ Format, MC Abdominal: The Magnet, Thursday November 2
- Squeeze: Philharmonic Hall, Saturday November 4
- Big Country: Arts Club, Saturday November 4
- The Travelling Band: The Shipping Forecast, Saturday November 4
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Jennifer Vaudrey, Philharmonic Music Room, Sunday December 10
Following the release of her debut EP Hide Away From Love in 2014, Liverpool-born singer-songwriter Jennifer Vaudrey backs up her latest release Pirouettes with a UK tour. While the EP will be released on 13 November, she celebrates its release with a homecoming show at the Phil‘s fantastic Music Room venue in early December.
Fans of Joni Mitchell and Stevie Nicks will find plenty to love in Vaudrey‘s crafted lyrics and soaring vocal, which is bound to be captured splendidly in the outstanding confines of the Philharmonic Music Room. Mark the date in your calendars now for what’s bound to be a beautifully intimate-sounding date.