Liverpool gig guide: Manic Street Preachers, The Molochs, KRS-One, Trudy and the Romance, Shakey Graves and more…


Manic Street Preachers (Photo by John Johnson)

In lead-up to the Champions League Final, it’s another swathe of big midweek gigs and Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has the details.

We hope you’re enjoying your bank holiday week, thus far.

Like the last two weeks of gigs to hit Liverpool, we are greeted with yet another where the Monday to Friday listing is impressive. Given most of you will be refreshed from the extra day off, we say get your midweek gig fix before next weekend where music may just be a secondary concern to a large majority across the city.

Yes, Saturday is pretty much a write-off due to these alternative concerns, namely of the round ball variety and a certain team playing in the Champions League Final.

It’s going to be chaos in town so if crowds aren’t your bag then we say it’s best avoid. If you do and have no prejudices towards the men in red then by all means, get involved! Good luck finding a place to watch it, though.

In any case, this week there’s plenty of music and there’s plenty of football. Win win. And speaking of winning, fingers crossed – c’mon you Redmen!

The best of this week’s action.

Mini Mansions

Mini Mansions: District, Monday May 27

The Queens of the Stone Age/Arctic Monkeys super group hit District in support of their forthcoming album, Guy Walks Into A Bar, due for on July 26.

Not many better ways to end your bank holiday weekend. Support comes from Sons Of Raphael and SPQR.

The Molochs

The Molochs (image via artist’s Facebook page).

The Molochs: The Shipping Forecast, Tuesday May 28

Los Angeles’ The Molochs are set to spread some sunshine to the dark dingy corners of the Shipping Forecast on your Tuesday night.

The Molochs released their second album, Flowers in the Spring, last year and if like something between Jefferson Airplane and The Clean then this will be up your street. The sound of summer right here, folks.


KRS-One: 24 Kitchen Street, Tuesday May 28

New York native and hip-hop pioneer, KRS-One, returns to Liverpool after almost three years for a show that will no doubt sell out.

The leader of Boogie Down Productions released his first new music in three years with the Land of the Rising Sun single last year and we’re expecting more new material in 2019. Support comes from Beyond Average.

Rozi Plain to play LEAF on her UK tour

Manic Street Preachers (Photo by John Johnson)

Manic Street Preachers: Eventim Olympia, Thursday May 30

Wales’ favourite sons, Manic Street Preachers, return to Liverpool to deliver their artisan anthems – this time in support of their latest album, 2018’s Resistance if Futile.

It’s the Manics. It’s always big. It’s always real. And yes, this is our gig of the week. Do we need to say more?

Trudy and the Romance

Trudy & The Romance: Jacaranda Phase One, Thursday May 30 

Self described as ’50s mutant pop, Trudy & The Romance arrive at ‘Phase One to present their debut album, Sandman.

Going to be busy, this one. Support comes from local up and comers, Shards, and KANGAROOS.

Shakey Graves

Shakey Graves (image via artist’s Facebook page)

Shakey Graves: District, Sunday, June 2

The prolific troubadour that is Shakey Graves (also known as Alejandro Rose-Garcia) rounds off the week at District.

Touring in support of his 2018 offering, Can’t Wake Up, if you want to discover something new, then we say look no further than here.

What else is on:

  • Saara Aalto: Epstein Theatre, Monday May 27
  • Parrjazz presents the Lipa Big Band: Jacaranda Phase One, Tuesday May 28
  • Parrjazz presents the blues featuring the Jon Casey Blues Band: Lounge 69, Wednesday May 29
  • Robert Vincent & Ethan Johns w/ Black Eyed Dogs: Leaf, Thursday May 30
  • Baltic weekender 2019: Baltic Triangle, Friday May 31
  • Tom Hingley: Smithdown Social Club, Friday May 31
  • Yeah buddy! presents: Polybius, Idle Lies, Enamel Animal: Drop The Dumbulls, Liverpool Friday May 31
  • Sister Midnight presents Huma Bird more: The Zanzibar, Friday May 31
  • Factory: Jacaranda Phase One: Friday 31 May 2019
  • Parrjazz presents Crab: Ma Boyles Alehouse And Eatery, Saturday June 1
  • Free Rock & Roll presents Punk Sunday: Sound Food and Drink, Sunday, June 2
  • Mumford & Sons: M&S Bank Arena, Sunday, June 2




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