Big week with the biggest indoor Merseyside festival of the summer, Getintothis’ Steven Doherty gives us the finer points.
As the sun sets on another Glastonbury, the talk has already turned to who people want to see headline next year, so along with everyone else, I’m throwing my three hats into the ring.
Idles. The people’s band.
Last week, they sold 19,000 tickets in just one morning last week (and it would have been many more had they announced extra dates).
Album number 3 should be out by next June, which will only see their popularity increase.
This year’s Glastonbury saw them play to a massive Park Stage crowd, culminating in one of the most enduring images of the fest, singer Joe in tears onstage, having to be comforted by his wife and baby, overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude.
Dismissed by those who aren’t listening to the words or the sentiment as “punk” or “lads’ music”, they are 2020’s Stormzy. The choice of the outsider.
Madonna. Obvious really.
After the nonsense of having The Killers (the somehow trendier, US version of the Kaiser Chiefs, we all know that if they were British, then Brandon Flowers would be on Channel 5 hosting a remake of Bullseye) headline again with clearly not enough decent singles, and the likes of Kylie and all her hits banished to an early slot, then who better than pop music’s very own grandma.
Sure, she’ll knock out one or two from her so-so new album, but then she’ll have more than enough bangers to fill another 90 minutes.
Finally, Pet Shop Boys. Need some old dudes (well, it is Glastonbury).
Anyone who enjoyed the ‘New Year’s Eve in June’ joyous vibe of the Chemical Brothers this year, will know that dance classics a headliner doth make.
Who better than the undisputed maestros of synth-pop?
They are that good they even made The Killers encore somewhat bearable.
Another whose new album will have (ahem) ‘dropped’ by next summer.
There you have it. It’s easy, this booking festivals lark.
And speaking of festivals…
Deeper Cuts Festival: Phase One, Kazimier Garden and Stockroom, July 13
The big one.
So many bands, so little entrance fee. Where else can you see a line-up like this for the price of two pints?
It’s a 13 hour voyage of the mind, spread over arguably the three finest venues in town. With such a wide range of styles, there’s every chance your new favourite band is waiting to be seen here.
If it’s the glam rock stomp of the soon to be huge Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, the fresh noise of Gum Takes Tooth, the extraordinary Housewives, the ear-shattering Teeth Of The Sea or one of the other multitude of high-quality bands, there is literally something for everyone.
Gaze your eyes on the beautiful poster above, pick your favourites and plan your big day/night out.
Read more about it here.
Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever: Invisible Wind Factory, July 9
Breakthrough debut album Hope Downs has seen the band go from the bars of Australia to venues such as this and have all sort of summer festival slots lined up in the months to come.
Read the full preview here.
Taffy: Phase One, July 10
Japanese noise-makers Taffy bring their very recently released (only this week) Deep Dark Creep Love album to these shores.
Last seen round these parts at Sound City a few years back (at the special request of Tim Burgess) and with various support slots with The Wedding Present under their belts, tonight is a rare Liverpool club date.
Throughout their long career, they’re always subtly changing their sound on every record they make, from pure noise to shoegazing. They are a much under-appreciated, go show them some love.
Ohmns, Glove, Uncle Jane: Zanzibar, July 11
Local racket makers Ohmns return to the revamped Zanzibar, accompanied by a high quality supporting bill, including the talked-about-in-high-circles Uncle Jane.
With late night DJ’s to follow after the bands, make this a ‘Thursday is the new Friday’ start to your weekend.
HMS Morris: Outpost, July 12
Outpost seems like the ideal venue for Cardiff’s HMS Morris glorious psychedelic type of electric pop (if you can have such a thing).
Their debut album saw them nominated for the 2017 Welsh Music Prize, and they’ve gleefully gone on since then.
This show sees them promising electronic workings of past tunes, what is there not to love?
Arielle, Natalie McCool, Gen And The Degenerates: Zanzibar, July 12
Another high quality Zanzibar line-up, this time headlined by US guitarist Arielle, back after her hugely successful Leaf gig earlier in the year.
She too comes with a cast of local names.
Another high-quality night in a week filled with them.
Also this week:
Baiana: Phase One, July 9
John Newman: Arts Club, July 10
Oma: Stockroom, July 10
Vincent Cross: 81 Renshaw St, July 10
The Infernal Sea: Outpost, July 11
Skwid Ink: Sound, July 11
Lachlan Bryan and The Wildes: 81 Renshaw St, July 12
Can’t Swim: Phase One, July 12
Enamel Animal: Jacaranda, July 12
Session: Zanzibar, July 13
Slacker: Evil Eye, July 13
Flock Of Seagulls: Cavern, July 14.