Liverpool music gig guide: Jack White, SOPHIE, The Orb, Our Girl and much more


Lisa O’Neill

With the summer festival circuit done and dusted, Getintothis’ Simon Kirk looks ahead of a week jam-packed with local shows.

No sun, no football (Internationals don’t count), the only thing that salvaged the weekend was The Coral!

In any case, with the summer festivals now a faded memory, the good news is that gig guides all over the country are brimming with brilliant acts and Liverpool is no different. There are a slew of artists making their way to Merseyside in the coming weeks.

The weather may get you down, but don’t succumb to getting home from work, putting on the comfs and watching shitty tele’. That doesn’t do anyone any good, does it? Get out, go for a pint, maybe break the bank and get some food, too. Oh, and of course, see a band! Anything below tickle your fancy?



Warmduscher: The Shipping Forecast, Tuesday October 16

Fat White Family? Paranoid London? Insecure Men? If you like these three, then you’ll like Warmduscher, a super-group comprising of members from all three aforementioned acts.

Have no fear, it’s more weirdness, this time in a restless off-kilter garage soul kind-of-way. It should be all just as mental in the live arena, so get yourself down to The Shipping Forecast and see the band play some ditties off their new record, Whale City.

Jane Weaver (photo credit: Peter Goodbody)

Jane Weaver: Leaf on Bold St, Thursday October 18.

Jane Weaver will be sauntering around Bold St, playing upstairs in the cozy surroundings of Leaf.

The show is billed as a ‘Loops in the Secret Society’ show and having seen Weaver a couple of times, her shows are always different and this one probably won’t buck that trend. This one is advertised for an 8 p.m. start folks, so get there early.

The Orb – pic by Graham Morrison, from artist’s Facebook page

The Orb: The Invisible Wind Factory, Thursday October 18.

With Jane Weaver likely to finish a bit earlier, it’d be rude not to jump in a cab and get down to see The Orb at The Invisible Wind Factory.

Marked as their 30th Anniversary tour, this show is bound to have all the favourites along with their more recent material which further illustrates the notion that The Orb are indeed the pioneers of ambient music.

One to bliss out to and already I can feel the hangover coming on Friday.

Go-Kart Mozart

Go-Kart Mozart

Go-Kart Mozart: District, Thursday October 18.

Consisting of former members from Felt and Denim, Birmingham’s Go-Kart Mozart are in Liverpool to promote their new album, Mozart’s Mini-Mart.

A self-professed B-sides artist, if you like your pop with a hint of glam, a bit of synth and dash of bedroom, then check out the weird and wonderful world of Lawrence and Co.

Lisa O’Neill

Lisa O’Neill: 81 Renshaw, Friday 19 October.

The Irish sing-songwriter plays 81 Renshaw to celebrate the release of her new album, Heard a Long Gone Song, released on the same day through Rough Trade’s new imprint, River Lea Records.

Lisa O’Neill has previously collaborated with Cass McCombs and Pat McCabe to name a few. All the more reason to get down, meet the friendly staff at 81 Renshaw and have a Dortmunder Union!

The Vryll Society

The Vryll Society: O2 Academy, Friday October 19 .

On the back of their brand new album, Course of the Satellite, local favourites, The Vryll Society, will no doubt be showered with infinite love and praise. The local boys done good and all that. Rightly so, too. This album is decent.

A one stop shop for psych and dream-pop, not to mention some clever electronic sprinklings in-between, live I can imagine it all to be quite expansive.

Jack White

Jack White: Space by Echo Arena, Saturday October 20

Jack White is back (you might’ve heard of him). He’ll be banging out ditties from his new album, Boarding House Reach, along with the obligatory White Stripes, too, of course.

Don’t forgot, this is a phone-free show, folks. Jack has his posse running around confiscating your personal effects, so if you want check-in on Facebook, you best do it at Pizza Express or the Pump House beforehand.

SOPHIE plays 24 Kitchen Street

SOPHIE: 24 Kitchen St, Saturday October 20

On the back of her debut album, The Oil of Every Pearl’s Un-Insides, SOPHIE will deliver her interpretation of modern-day pop.

Some may be familiar with SOPHIE’s work alongside Faris Badwan with Let’s Eat Grandma, however as our very own Banjo suggested in August, this is where the excellence lies. Be sure to witness pop with a jagged twist.

Our Girl

Our Girl: Sound Food and Drink, Sunday October 21

Brighton three-piece, Our Girl, will be in town on the back of their fantastic debut album, Stranger Today. With this LP becoming increasingly more difficult to rip off the vinyl platter, this is looking to be the show of the week.

Produced by local favourite, Bill Ryder-Jones, Our Girl‘s Stranger Today is one of the finest debuts released this year and it will be intriguing to see if their lovely, and at times loud, sound translates live.

Get down to Sound’ early for a pint and some chow. The potato wedges are highly recommended.

The best of the rest this week:

  • Caro Emerald: Philharmonic Hall, Tuesday October 16
  • Viex Farka Toure: 24 Kitchen St, Wednesday October 17
  • Her’s: Arts Club, Wednesday October 17
  • The Velveteers: EBGB’s, Wednesday October 17
  • Aiming For Enrike plus support: Jacaranda Phase One, Thursday October 18
  • Bugzy Malone: O2 Academy, Thursday October 18
  • Jinkx Monsoon: Hangar 34, Thursday October 18
  • MOURN: Sound Food and Drink, Thursday October 18
  • Hermitage Green: Arts Club, Loft, Friday October 19
  • We Are Scientists: Arts Club, Saturday October 20
  • Club Kuru: Sound Foor and Drink, Saturday October 20