Liverpool gig guide: Gintis, Africa Oye, Black Midi and more…


Africa Oye

Woah, we’re halfway there. Halfway through the year that is, and the big gigs keep on coming. Getintothis’ Steven Doherty tells us where and when.

I was recently asked about the gig scene in Liverpool from some people from out of town, how often we got decent gigs, whether there would be anything for them to see on a particular night.

It was only then it occurred to me how lucky we are to have such a burgeoning scene, with more and more of a 7 gigs a week mentality.

In one of the first things I wrote for Getintothis, I bemoaned the fact that we had a comedy club that put something on every night but no music venue doing the same.

Now though, Phase One and the soon to open Jimmy’s are trying to run a week long operation, which really is great news for us gig goers.

This week may not be the best example, as it starts slowly but then hurtles towards an absolute slew of stuff at the weekend, lucky old us.

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Africa Oye: Sefton Park, June 22/23.

Acting once again as the official start to the Liverpool summer, Sefton Park will welcome thousands of folk over the two days for the Africa Oye, the UK’s biggest festival of African music and culture.

Now in it’s 27th year, the (amazingly,still) free festival welcomes Horace Andy and Belize’s Garifuna Collective as this year’s headliners.

But as ever, there’s so much else going on around and about the big stages, workshops, DJ sets and hopefully a welcome bit of sunshine.

Vista Kicks

Vista Kicks: EBGB’S, June 18.

Talked about in all the right places, and ahead of an August hometown support slot to none other than The Rolling Stones, California rockers Vista Kicks roll into town for the pick of the early midweek gigs.

The quartet seem to be the ones most likely to fill the polished American Kings Of Leonshaped hole in the American catchy pop market, so seeing them in the confines on this venue will be one to gloat about seeing in the very near future.

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Gintis: Sound, June 21.

One of the two big gigs of the week, such a crying shame that they both happen to fall on the same night.

Recently described here as a “gorgeous ball of whimsical piece of bliss“, Gintis bring their unique Welsh-Scouse Americana to Sound on the back of the release of their splendid new single Four Movements (Parts 1,2,3 & 4), which you should be downloading by now if you haven’t already.

A special experience live, this one is the Friday night lighter choice.

Black Midi: Phase One, June 21.

And if you prefer things slightly wonkier, this is the Friday night stranger option.

This is turning out to be one of the most talked about gigs of the year so far, largely due to the building hype surrounding the Black Midi. With only a handful of singles to go on, it promises to be one of those nights where the songs finally get to do the talking.

Support comes from joyous Nottingham drumming duo Rattle, get there darn early for them, quite the show.


Piroshka (credit: Neil Stewart)

Piroshka: Phase One, June 22.

Made up of former members of Lush, Elastica, Moose and Modern English, Piroshka (named, fact-fans after the Hungarian version of Little Red Riding Hood), Piroshka make no attempt to hide their past, whilst still being vital enough to not have to rely on the good old days.

They come to town following the success of their debut album Brickbat, and fans of any of their previous outfits will find something in it for them.

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An ideal way to spend a Saturday evening.


Inside Pages 2019: Constellations, June 22.

But if you’re in the mood for a longer day and night out on this busy old weekend, then Constellations is the place for you cats.

Celebrating the 100th edition of Bido Lito!, the pink-papered ones have brought together quite the bill to help them celebrate.

Clinic headline, but the supporting cast is very much worthy of mention, as it does contain local wonders Eyesore & The Jinx, Seatbelts, The Mysterines, Yammerer and a DJ set from Stealing Sheep amongst much,much more.

Also this week:

The She’s: Gibberish Brewpub, June 18

Miguel Gorodi Nonet: Phase One, June 18

Bon Jovi & Manic Street Preachers: Anfield, June 19

Chroma: Phase One, June 19

Alesso: O2 Academy, June 21

Wizards of Twiddly: Zanzibar, June 21

Ministry of Sound Classical: Philharmonic, June 21

Twisted Wheel: EBGB’s, June 21

Loka: Handyman, June 21

The Black Wizards: Zanzibar, June 21

Phoebe Green: Central Library, June 21

The Howlers: Jacaranda, June 22

Stefanie Chew: 3B Records, June 22

Fast Thursday: Zanzibar, June 22

Hushtones, Jalen N’Gonda: Gibberish Brewpub, June 22

Silent K: Sound, June 23.