The Mysterines, Zuzu and a host of Merseyside’s best new bands will feature at a free two day festival over the August Bank Holiday, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley on a weekend of superb live action.
A near 20 band bill will play at On Air over two days on August 25 and 26 with Saturday showcasing some of the region’s brightest new bands in punk, garage and rock and roll with soul, pop and electronica taking centre stage on the Sunday.
The Bank Holiday event follows on from the success of this year’s Sound City which featured at Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle for the first time, with On Air featuring as one of the many venues that were explored by festival goers.
Headlining the Saturday night are one of Liverpool’s fastest-rising bands, The Mysterines. Signed to Skeleton Key Records, the band have just finished a sell out tour with Miles Kane, including a stop at Hangar 34 before playing alongside New Order‘s Peter Hook.
Last time out, The Mysterines played their first headline show at the sold out Arts Club loft.
GIT Award 2017 One To Watch winner Zuzu headlines on Sunday night. Having signed to Virgin EMI, she’s just released the single Made On Earth By Humans following her breakthrough single Get Off and is all set as main support alongside Tom Grennan on his September European tour.
Also playing on Saturday night are rising Skelmersdale band Pennylands, a quartet who have been been recording with producers at the Sugar House studios (Pale Waves/Viola Beach) and Big Bambora – a relatively new Liverpool indie-rock outfit who were recent runners up in the Academy Events’ Shot At Discovery competition judged by The Libertines and 1965 Records‘ James Endeacott.
Sunday’s festivities sees a change in ambience with rising star Tom Anderson featuring on the bill alongside a trio of new bands in the shape of 2ME, Bushes and Munkey Junkey.
Anderson was the soulful voice behind the band Venus Demilo and he’s followed by Hanover, the electro pop Liverpool band who’ve just released the single Saw You Alone and last week supported !!! (Chk Chk Chk).
Fresh from her Sefton Park main stage billing at Liverpool International Music Festival, Gazelle completes the two day billing.
- Entry is free for both days of the On Air Bank Holiday Festival – but capacity is limited. The live music kicks off at 4pm, Saturday August 25-26 and finishes around midnight. All times subject to change.
Full line up is: Saturday August 25: Lennie Dies, Pennylands, Big Bambora, Lemonade Fix, TRACKY, Mysterines. Sunday August 26: Denio, 2ME, Bushes, Munkey Junkey, Tom Anderson, Hanover, TRACKY, Gazelle, Zuzu.
You can view a gallery of the acts ahead of On Air Festival below.