Liverpool gig guide: Liam Gallagher, Fontaines D.C., Richard Dawson, Lightning Dust and much more


Liam Gallagher

A mammoth week on the gig front awaits with local and international acts on the horizon and Getintothis’ Simon Kirk is already getting his parka ready.

Who said quality and quantity couldn’t make for interesting bedfellows? This week we definitely have both.

There’s a fair bit to get through, for it may just be the busiest week of the year, so far. Yeah yeah, we’ve said that before but this one definitely is. So we’ll try and keep this brief.

Firstly, last week was a winner. The international football break was tempered by brilliant sets from The Wave Pictures, Steve Mason and Black Lips.

This week? Well, there’s big fish, there’s small fish, there’s in-between fish.

Many will be talking about Liam Gallagher – good, it might just stop the fella from talking about himself for a couple of minutes – however the ticket in town is most certainly for Fontaines D.C. which has been a name on most peoples’ lips since the beginning of the year.

Have your fun, folks. For this writer, this wee is all about Richard Dawson. Finally, there’s something to look forward to on a Saturday that doesn’t involve a round ball!

There’s plenty of other great shows taking place across the city, too. Ordinarily, a large proportion of these shows would have featured below, but given the busy schedule over these next seven days, we just couldn’t fit everything in.

So, whatever you may choose, we’re sure you’ll have a grand time.

Calexico and Iron & Wine

Calexico and Iron & Wine: Philharmonic, Tuesday November 19

Calexico and Iron & Wine are back together – woop! Admittedly, their new album, Years to Burn, completely passed this writer by, so it appears there is some homework to do.

Anyway, this will be great. Expect both artists to shed some older tunes, as well, including material from the acclaimed In the Reins.

Rozi Plain

Rozi Plain: Leaf, Tuesday November 19

Left of centre folk oddity, Rozi Plain, is set to warm up Leaf dwellers on Tuesday night.

The London-based artist comes to Liverpool in support of her fifth, and very good, album, What A Boost, released through Memphis Industries earlier this year.

Fontaines DC (Credit: Artist’s Facebook page)

Fontaines D.C.: O2 Academy, Wednesday November 20

Do you believe the hype? Well, a few do, because Fontaines D.C. has been all that’s on the minds of most since their debut album, Dogrel. was released. You can’t go for milk and bread without bumping into someone talking about this band.

Having played the 6 Music Festival earlier this year prior to Dogrel‘s release, those attending will have had enough time to acquaint themselves with what many consider will be the album of the year.

Liam Gallagher at the One Love Manchester benefit concert

Liam Gallagher: M&S Bank Arena, Thursday November 21

Fontaines D.C. one night, Liam Gallagher the next. Christmas has come very early for some it seems, and this time it’s in the form of the human-sized ego that is little brother Gallagher.

Gallagher returns to Liverpool on the back of his new album, Why Me? Why Not? A mad one awaits here with support provided from Miles Kane and The Illicits.

For those who want to keep the dream alive afterwards, the official afterparty will be held at Jimmy’s.

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Blood Red Shoes

Blood Red Shoes: Arts Club, Friday November 22

After five years, Brighton’s Blood Red Shoes return to action, this time with their brand new album, Get Tragic, released earlier this year.

This will be a good one and to get you in the mood Getintothis’ Willy Truby spoke to the band earlier this week.

Read the interview here.

Richard Dawson: Studio2 Parr Street, Saturday November 23

The King of North that is Richard Dawson enters the realm of Merseyside and in particular, Studio2 Parr Street in what will be the only worthy place to be in Liverpool this Saturday night.

While tickets for this are sold out, I’d still be scouring every nook and cranny across town to find one.

Dawson tours on the back of his remarkable new album 2020. Have you not heard it? Start by reading our review.

Lightning Dust (credit: photo via the artist’s Facebook page)

Lightning Dust: 24 Kitchen Street, Sunday November 24

Former Black Mountain members, Amber Webber and Joshua Wells return to Liverpool as the formidable Lightning Dust.

The duo play 24 Kitchen Street in support of their brand newie, Spectre, and if you missed out on Primal Scream tickets, then come down here because it’ll be boss.

Support provided by LUNA.

Primal Scream

Primal Scream: O2 Academy, Sunday November 24

More ’90s nostalgia arrives and rounds off the week in the shape of the searing cannon that is Primal Scream. If you haven’t seen them live then quite simply, you haven’t lived!

The Scream team are touring on the back of their Maximum Rock ‘n’ Roll collection – okay, it’s a shitty best-of collection, but the Scream are one of the finest live acts on the planet so we’ll let them off here, just this once.

The best of the rest this week:

  • Parrjazz presents Têtes de Pois: Phase One, Tuesday November 19
  • Louis Berry: Jimmys Liverpool, Tuesday November 19
  • Mike Peter’s presents The Alarm: Epstein Theatre, Tuesday November 19
  • Into the Woodlands #3 featuring Science of the Lamps, Meg Shaw, Alex Luca, Amie K, Luke
  • Saunders: Studio2 Parr Street, Wednesday November 20
  • ALASKALASKA: Sound Food and Drink, Wednesday November 20
  • Boston Shakers: Jimmy’s, Thursday November 21
  • Big Joanie: EBGB’s, Thursday November 21
  • Jaws: Hangar34, Thursday November 21
  • Hardwicke Circus: Phase One, Friday November 22
  • Lucy Spraggan:  Leaf, Friday November 22
  • Airbourne: O2 Academy, Friday November 22
  • Rivia: Sound Food and Drink, Friday November 22
  • Tom Speight: Jimmy’s, Friday November 22
  • ENRG presents Mall Grab, Skin on Skin, Blehrin: Invisible Wind Factory, Friday November 22
  • Tony McCaldon: 81 Renshaw, Friday November 22
  • The Wood Burning Savages: Phase One, Friday November 22
  • SPQR: Kazimier Stockroom, Friday November 22 and Saturday November 23
  • ENRG presents Skream: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday November 23
  • Parrjazz presents Flat Cap 3: Ma Boyles, Saturday November 23
  • An Evening with The Steve Hillage Band: O2 Academy, Saturday November 23
  • Dirty Orange: EBGBS, Saturday November 23
  • Life At The Arcade: O2 Academy2, Saturday November 23
  • Sam Fender: Mountford Hall, Saturday November 23
  • Crows: Sound Food and Drink, Saturday November 23
  • Babybird: Jimmy’s, Saturday November 23
  • Mr Scruff: 24 Kitchen Street, Saturday November 23
  • The Christians: Cavern Club, Sunday November 24




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