Mid November beckons and the cold, wet, windy nights are drawing in, so Getintothis‘ David Hall guides you through this week of perfect gig weather.
It’s a weird guide that we bring you this week, and we mean that in the nicest possible way.
There are loads of niche offerings to explore, from quietly hyper exclusive gigs from household names to unique genre or venue propositions that you wouldn’t get in any other city.
Maybe you’re not quite so spoiled for choice as a month or two ago, or during Liverpool Music Week for that matter, but quality trumps quantity every single time.
So dig out that big coat, and your scarves, gloves and hats. You’re gonna need them for that unforgiving Merseyside weather before you trudge steaming into whatever pre-gig watering hole you’ve suggested to get your beer jacket zipped up.
Yes you should probably be saving up for Christmas, but come on, live a little. What’s the alternative, sit at home and watch the fucking John Lewis ad for the seventeen thousandth time?
Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul: O2 Academy, Tuesday November 14
Bruce Springsteen‘s E Street Band right hand man Steve Van Zandt rumbles into town for a super exclusive O2 Academy with his Disciples of Soul project.
He might be used to playing stadia, but this is one of only two UK dates, so make sure you’re present both at this and the free pre-gig lunchtime session at The Cavern!
Billy Bragg: Philharmonic Hall, Tuesday November 14
Acoustic punk firebrand Billy Bragg brings his highly charged left wing polemic on his Bridges Not Walls tour to the splendid Philharmonic Hall.
It’s bound to be a Corbynite rally of a gig, so if that and support from American rapper, activist, and writer Sean McGowan, sound like a tonic to the times for you, get down there.
Van Morrison: Philharmonic Hall, Wednesday November 15
Arise Liverpool for Sir George Ivan Morrison! Van the man hits us with another live show following up his rapturously received Phil double header last year.
It’s all in support of latest album Roll With the Punches, released almost exactly twelve months after last year’s Keep Me Singing, and marking the Northern Irishman’s 37th studio outing.
Enter Shikari: Olympia, Thursday November 16
Electro rockers Enter Shikari have just dropped new track Supercharger featuring grime leading light Big Narstie of all people.
The St Albans quartet appear at the Olympia – in a gig downgraded from the Echo Arena with original tickets still honoured – with Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys also on the bill.
John Joseph Brill: Leaf On Bold Street, Friday November 17
Former Burning Beard main man John Joseph Brill‘s distinct baritone is set to light up Bold Street’s favourite hangout Leaf this Friday.
The naturalised Scouser left his London base four years ago and hasn’t looked back since, releasing two solo EPs and embarking on a UK tour that sees him visit his adopted home this week.
Nick Ellis – Adult Fiction album launch: St Brides Church, Saturday November 18
You’ll be seeing a lot more from Liverpool’s Georgian Quarter gem of a venue St Brides Church going forward, this week hosting a gig from Merseyside man in black Nick Ellis.
Launching his album Adult Fiction – following on from Ellis‘ Mellowtone Records debut Daylight Ghosts – the latest bluesy, folkish offering from one of Liverpool’s most intriguing songwriters.
Not your bag? There’s plenty more left where all that came from, just take a look at Getintothis‘ Gigbites:
- The Mono LPs: The Magnet, Thursday November 16
- James Arthur, Ella Henderson: Echo Arena, Friday November 17
- Green Velvet, Ben Pearce, James Organ: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday November 17
- Steps, The Vengaboys, Max Restaino: Echo Arena, Saturday November 18
- The Jackobins: Arts Club, Saturday November 18
- Deaf Havana, Black Foxxes, Decade: O2 Academy, Saturday November 18
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Catholic Action: Shipping Forecast, Saturday March 3
Up and coming Glasgow four piece Catholic Action will bring material from their debut album In Memory Of to Liverpool next year.
Playing scuzzed-up yet melodic guitar pop, the quartet have only been an outfit for four years but have already enjoyed nationwide tours in support slots. Following up a clutch of singles including Black and White and Propaganda, the band’s garage influenced sound hits the road next year, calling throughout the country and delving into the hold of Shipping Forecast next March.