Threshold Festival reveal new line up, Africa Oyé chair in New Year honours as Têtes de Pois visit Sound


Tetes De Pois (Credit: Artist’s Facebook)

Sunstack Jones will play EBGBS, while new band Milo Seabird pen a Leaf date, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley with the news as OVVLS release their new EP with a beer.

Leeds seven-piece instrumental jazz heads Têtes de Pois will play Sound next month in a bill curated and featuring Samurai Kip.

A fusion of jazz, afrobeat and hip hop, Têtes de Pois will released their debut EP on February 1, before coming to Liverpool on Thursday February 21.

They’ve supported London bands Sumochief and Ezra Collective, and their forthcoming release Framework is set to take them a step further.

They’ll be supported by Samurai Kip themselves, as well as The Blurred Sun Band, who are set to play Getintothis’ Deep Cuts on Friday, February 18 – tickets here.

ASJC Lee will be spinning on the night, too, for what is set to be a real groover of a night below Duke Street.

Africa Oyé

In positive news for the city, Africa Oyé‘s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Gad Kuju has been recognised with a British Empire Medal (BEM) for services to diversity, multiculturalism and the Liverpool based festival in the New Year’s Honours.

Having started his work in the local arts sector in the early 1990s as a founder member of the RBP – a production company set up to facilitate and provide a platform for artistic achievement on the Wirral, Kuju worked as an event project co-ordinator for the New Brighton Rhythm and Blues Festival for a number of years, before joining the Oyé team.

“I’m overwhelmed and delighted by the BEM award I would like to thank all my colleagues past and present who have made this possible” said Kuju

“In particular, the team and the board at Africa Oyé who have managed to keep the festival free for one and all”.

Handyman Brewery’s OVVLS Black IPA

Renowned for their unusual release collaborations, Liverpool duo OVVLS return with new EP Dark Side of the Sun which is set to be released on a 6.66% Black IPA beer in collaboration with Handyman Brewery.

Along with recent singles Less Than Pure and Black Butterflies, the EP includes new single, The Apple Tree, is a beguiling and composite experience.

This is embodied in the form of Handyman Brewery’s beer #13, with the label displaying a QR code directing to a download of the release.

Dark Side of the Sun was co-written with bassist Brian Campbell of iconic Scouse cats Clinic.

The lyrics were inspired by [according to the press release!]‘the darker side of the advertising industry and the overwhelming effects of the dominant conglomerates‘. 

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Elsewhere, following Daisy Eris Campbell’s Pigspurt’s Daughter show, Liverpool Arts Lab present David Bramwell, performing a solo-show in Liverpool on Thursday, January 17.

At Gibberish BrewpubThe Cult of Water combines original music, film, art and archive footage with a captivating monologue. As a one-man show it is a feast for the ears, eyes, heart and soul, taking audiences on a dream-like journey in search of the spirit of dark and lonely waters.

The Cult of Water combines original music, film, art and archive footage with a captivating monologue. As a one-man show it is a feast for the ears, eyes, heart and soul, taking audiences on a dream-like journey in search of the ‘spirit of dark and lonely waters’.


In a week dripping with news, 15 live acts have been added to Threshold Festival. Headlining the weekend is award winning producer, singer-songwriter, World Loop-station Champion and record breaking beatboxer: SK Shlomo on his debut album release tour.

Manchester electronic music pioneer and firm Liverpool live favourite, Paddy Steer returns to Threshold, having played the event four times previously in different experimental guises.

He will be joined on the line-up by Radio Exotica DJs including Rory Taylor of Positive Vibration Festival of Reggae. Manchester visual arts collective Gang of Five will bring their creative flavours to the Baltic, and graffiti artist Danny O’Connor.

Also on the bill are: Emergency TiaraKatie MacThe Mono LPsMersey WylieMilo SeabirdChinchilla and more.

Sunstack Jones

In gigs, Sunstack Jones will play EBGBS in March alongside The Shipbuilders and Mackenzie James Creegan.

The Liverpool collective that can have anywhere between three and five members will headline the Scruff of The Neck night on Saturday, March 30.

Joining them, another date for The Shipbuilders in addition to their Independent Venue Week show at Phase One.

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Also, Newcastle alternative band The Pale White will play Shipping Forecast as part of a Northern UK tour on Saturday, March 2.

With early support slots opening for Maximo Park and Band of Skulls in their hometown, sold out headline shows are now a formality, developing a solid word of mouth following.

Mellowtone indie folk band Milo Seabird will play Leaf on Friday, February 1. A brand new outfit, they’ll be supported by Ana Mae as they launch their debut single.


Our new music this week comes from SPQR, as they have released a brand new shadow puppet video for their latest single Slowly.

Crafted and directed by drummer Bex Denton, and scripted by front man Peter Harrison, the video took the band two months to make entirely by hand, and follows the character of Timmy, a lost soul who goes to the depths of despair and back again on surrealist philosophical journey of self-discovery.

They have also announced their biggest hometown headline show to date in Liverpool at the Arts Club Loft on Friday, March 29. You can watch the video below.




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