Some record labels are so consistently good that many of us in the pre-internet age would actually buy a single on one of those labels from an artist we didn’t know, without even hearing it, because we trusted the judgement of those labels. It was like a seal of quality! Labels such as Stiff, 2 Tone, 4AD, XL Recordings, Ninja Tune, Heavenly Recordings, Beggars Banquet and not forgetting Liverpool’s own Deltasonic spring to mind, but there are many more.
Likewise on the Liverpool Live music scene we are blessed to have quality promoters such as EVOL and Harvest Sun who put their heart and soul, sweat, tears and dosh into bringing the very best bands on the planet to our fine city, crafting quality lineups that never disappoint.
If, like me, you don’t have as much time as you’d like for discovering new bands, there may be several bands on their flyers that you haven’t yet heard of, and will kick yourself when you do and realise you’ve missed them – but finding time to research bands isn’t always easy when you are busy,
So, I’ve done the leg, finger and ear work and dug out a video from each of the headliners on the list,
Personally, I’m particularly looking fwd to Hands Off Gretel (lead picture – they were mind-blowing at the Great British Alternative Music Festival last year, and the album is stunning) and The Coathangers – when I received the press release, the video of their latest single instantly grabbed me, and on listening to their other songs it seems they never put a foot wrong.
Fontaines D.C. and Red Rum Club are making a lot of waves, and of course the legendary Robyn Hitchcock needs no introduction!
I saw This is the Kit play the Glastonbury bandstand several years ago, so good to see that they are going from strength to strength.
But there are literally no duds on this list – sit back, listen, enjoy and start planning which gigs you’re going to attend!
Anyway, that’s enough waffle from me – get your ears around this lot!
EVOL: 19th April – Arts Club Loft
EVOL: 24th April – Arts Club Theatre
EVOL: 30th April – Arts Club Loft
Harvest Sun Promotions: 1st May – Phase One
Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation
EVOL: 3rd May – Arts Club Loft
Harvest Sun Promotions: 9th May – Phase One
Harvest Sun Promotions: 11th May – The Shipping Forecast
W. H. LUNG
Harvest Sun Promotions: 14th May – The Shipping Forecast
Harvest Sun Promotions: 15th May – The Shipping Forecast
Harvest Sun Promotions: 17th May – Arts Club Theatre
J MASCIS (DINOSAUR JR)
EVOL: 17th May – Arts Club Loft
EVOL: 18th May – Phase One
Harvest Sun Promotions: 22nd May – The Shipping Forecast
Harvest Sun Promotions: 24th May – District
Harvest Sun Promotions: 30th May – Phase One
TRUDY & THE ROMANCE
Harvest Sun Promotions: 3rd June – Phase One
EMMY THE GREAT
Harvest Sun Promotions: 6th June – Phase One
THIS IS THE KIT
EVOL: 8th June – Arts Club Loft
HANDS OFF GRETEL
EVOL: 11th June – Arts Club Loft
Harvest Sun Promotions: 21st June – Phase One
Harvest Sun Promotions: 6th October – Arts Club
CREEPSHOW (JOHN GRANT + WRANGLER)
Harvest Sun Promotions: 8th October – Leaf
Harvest Sun Promotions: 14th October – Phase One
Harvest Sun Promotions: 19th October – Capstone Theatre
EVOL: 19th October – Arts Club Loft
EVOL: 28th September – O2 Academy Liverpool
RED RUM CLUB
EVOL: 9th November – O2 Academy Liverpool
SHE DREW THE GUN
Harvest Sun Promotions: 10th November – Philharmonic Hall
EVOL: 20th November – O2 Academy 2 Liverpool
EVOL: 22nd November – Arts Club Theatre
BLOOD RED SHOES
Harvest Sun Promotions: 4th December – Arts Club Theatre
EVOL: 10th December – Arts Club Loft
THE PAPER KITES
Lead Photo: (Hands Off Gretel) by John W. King