The shortest month is upon us, but the gig listings are not short on quality, as Getintothis‘ David Hall has the roundup.
Well, that’s Independent Venue Week in the can, and what did we learn? It’s always worth taking a punt. Closing your eyes and sticking a push pin in your local gig listing and seeing what you come out with. Get down to your independent venues, buy a pint, be nice to the staff, and enjoy something you’ve never heard before. Simple.
Sounds familiar? We know it’s what many of you get upto week in, week out, but we can all do our bit to get our collective finger out and make sure our beloved venues get all the coverage they deserve.
So whether you treat every single week like independent venue week, or whether you’ve made a resolution to get out and see more live music, we’ve got your back.
We mean, it’s February already! For a month that seems to last forever, January seemed to be over in a flash, and there’s no time like now to see what’s on around town and get involved.
Beth Orton: Arts Club, Wednesday February 7
Surely one of February’s live highlights sees the return of folktronica pioneer Beth Orton. The Norfolk born, California based singer songwriter has seven studio albums under her belt, with 2016’s Kidsticks bigging up the electronic side to her sound, and produced by Fuck Buttons man Andrew Hung.
As Liverpool and Sheffield the only English cities Orton will visit outside of London on this tour, this collaboration between Evol and Harvest Sun Promotions, has enough pedigree for you to know it will be a belter.
Mugstar: Philharmonic Hall, Wednesday February 7
Back in 2012, Mugstar released the soundtrack to Ad Marginem, a score they wrote and performed as a companion piece to filmmaker Liam Yates‘ work of the same name.
Having sold out every which physical way, the band now present a one-night-only live rendition of the soundtrack, all in the plush surroundings of the Phil. Sound.
Getintothis‘ Deep Cuts: Buyers Club, Thursday February 8
This time, we serve up Wild Fruit Art Collective, Beija Flo, Yammerer, Caveparty and Kid Smoke for y’all in our monthly Buyers Club Getintothis get-together.
Wild Fruit Art Collective celebrate the release of their latest cut of psychedelia Fabric (out February 16), whilst anyone with a mouth will tell you what a big deal Yammerer are becoming around Merseyside.
Jorja Smith: Invisible Wind Factory, Thursday February 8
Drake‘s bezzie and Brits Critics Choice winner Jorja Smith looks nailed on for superstardom, but you can catch her this week in the relatively cozy confines of the Invisible Wind Factory before she goes selling out arena tours.
Also appearing on the bill is another hotly-tipped new soul songstress Mahalia, hailing from Birmingham and again destined for big things. The gig itself is sold out, so maybe get a mate to go live on Facebook, yeah?
Alestorm: O2 Academy, Friday February 9
Pirate metal. Yeah, it’s a valid subgenre. Well, more like a sub-subgenre. But anyway! Piratefest hits Liverpool’s O2 Academy with premier pirate metal (we’re gonna keep saying it until it sinks in) exports Alestorm on hand to shiver Merseyside’s timbers.
Support comes from Rumahoy and The Dead Crew Of Oddwood, because there’s more than one band of guitar-toting buccaneers in the world. Apparently there’s three.The Ataris: The Magnet, Friday February 9
Cult American punk rock figures The Ataris celebrate the 15th anniversary of the release of So Long, Astoria, their best known and most widely acclaimed album.
The band themselves have become cult figureheads of sorts since their formation back in 1995, so have nearly a quarter century of material to call on for their basement show at The Magnet.
Nightmares On Wax: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday February 9
Warp Records regular Nightmares On Wax presents what is sure to be a cracking a full band show down in the docklands this Friday, to get your weekend off to a flying start.
Active in the music industry since way back in 1989, the Leeds-based producer’s music crosses genres including electronica, hip hop, trip hop, and even acid house, so those in attendance are in for an eclectic evening to say the least.
If all of that wasn’t enough for you, we’ve got plenty to fill in the cracks this week in Getintothis‘ Gigbites:
- Erasure: Philharmonic Hall, Tuesday February 6
- Hayseed Dixie: O2 Academy, Tuesday February 6
- Pardon Us, Vamos and the Vents, Villy Raze: Sound Food And Drink, Thursday February 8
- Raised By Owls, Footprints In The Custard, Reaper: The Magnet, Thursday February 8
- Robert Vincent, Kate Ellis: 81 Renshaw, Friday February 9
- Aviator, Paul Crowe: St Bride’s Church, Saturday February 10
- DFA Festival in aid of Mind – featuring Wolfpack, Mattn, Kungs, Still Young: The Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday February 10
- Blank Cheque, Luna, Oranj Son, Grazed: Arts Club, Saturday February 10
- Paul Carrack: Philharmonic Hall, Saturday February 10 + Sunday February 11
- Superfood: EBGBs, Sunday February 11
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls: O2 Academy, Wednesday April 28
Yes, just confirmed this week along with a new forthcoming album in the form of Be More Kind out on May 4, Frank Turner follows up his just-completed Safe Gigs For Women solo slot in Independent Venue Week with a full band show in barely a couple of months’ time.
This one is bound to sell out lickity split, so if you want to get yourself involved, we would suggest contacted your preferred ticket outlet before you finish your next biscuit.