A Live Music Lovers Guide to June in Liverpool
Another month and another diverse mix of musicians heading to our city. We can’t ignore the horrendous events in Manchester, especially with the atrocity taking place at an arena, and an arena where we have all been to see our favourite artists. Now more than ever we want to be standing tall, singing louder and clapping harder at the concerts we love.
This is your live music lovers guide to June in Liverpool.
Phil Collins @ Echo Arena – 2nd June
What a way to get the month’s festivities started. The Echo has been graced by living legend after living legend with the likes of Bob Dylan and Iron Maiden topping last months list. Things get even bigger this month, but we’ll get to that as the list goes on. Phil Collins is one for musicians and music fans alike. His catalogue is full of hits such as the classic ‘In The Air Tonight’, as well as more musically technical album tracks. The show is certain to blow you away as the frontman/drummer is known for his awe-inspiring live arrangements.
The Baltic Weekender @ The Baltic Triangle – 2nd June
Sound City did an amazing job of carrying on the cities festival season at the end of May, and now we turn to our creative hub that is the Baltic Triangle to carry the lantern on. The Baltic Weekender is 3 days of DJs, producers and musicians showcasing what they’ve got in one of our cities best new cultural areas. The bill includes headliners Hunee and Goldie, as well as breakthrough acts like Axel Bomen and Swing Ting. The Baltic Weekender festival will be 3 days in EDM heaven for fans of the genre.
Fiesta Bombarda 5th Birthday @ Sefton Park Palm House – 2nd & 3rd June
Fiesta Bombarda is one of the cities premier events, with recent years seeing it become an export of the city. The festival has done so well that curator, Sam Garlick, has taken them all over the country and even started an agency off the back of it. The bananas banaza that is set to be Bombardas 5th birthday bash is spread over two days and is sure to be one of the best yet. The crazy carnival prides itself on finding interesting spaces that set it apart from your average local gig. The event has been held in the picturesque Palm House before, and returns for this momentous anniversary.
Kraftwerk @ Philharmonic Hall – 11th June
Kraftwerk are known as the godfather’s of electronic music since their incarnation in the 1970s. These pioneers are seen as one of the most important and influential bands of EDM and are famous for their unique live show. A show that once relied entirely on video imagery has become iconic, as the band members are infamous for standing rigidly behind their keyboards. Kraftwerk are another set of living legends that are gracing our city and, although not at The Echo, this is going to be one of the biggest, hottest shows in town.
Strings and Things @ Studio 2 – 11th June
On the complete flipside of the theme of this list so far, we have Strings and Things, a local showcase that is doing, and has always done, great things for local talent. We also have another 5th birthday. Strings and Things gives local musicians a platform from which to showcase themselves, whilst covering their costs, something very rare in the modern, grassroots industry. This month we have Lilium, Colour and Kallo as part of the bill, all helping celebrate this great occasion in style.
Jess Glynne@ Aintree Racecourse Pavillion – 16th June
Last month saw Aintree Racecourse host Kaiser Chiefs in a night that will not be soon forgotten. The series continues with Pop sensation Jess Glynne taking to the festival style event this month. Glynne will be wowing the crowds with hits such as ‘How Deep Is Your Love” and her collaboration with Clean Bandit ‘Rather Be’. Another big hitter, not even at our biggest arena, showing just how well our music scene is doing.
Cancer Bats @ Arts Club– 16th June
If you go down to the Arts Club on this night, you may well be in for a big surprise. Canadian metal heads, Cancer Bats, will be tearing the Arts Club a new one. And, if you’re in to the heavy stuff, then you won’t want to miss out on this. The 4 piece is probably best known for their cover of Beastie Boys classic, Sabotage, but they have an extensive back catalogue that has toured all around the world. This tour is called Bat Sabbath and sees them covering an array of the iconic metal tunes of Black Sabbath, something that could be a one off and not to be missed.
Hans Zimmer @ Echo Arena – 17th June
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum, we have film composer Hans Zimmer bringing his immersive show to our premier music venue. Zimmer is best know for working on films such as The Lion King, Gladiator, The Dark Knight Trilogy, Inception, Pirates of the Caribbean, Interstellar…I could go on and on but you get the picture. The classic composer headlined Coachella Festival this year, which was a first for the festival and the artist himself. The set was described as ‘the years best therapy session’, immediately peaking our interest. So much so that we had to catch up with Zimmer about the tour, so, if you can’t wait for the concert, then keep an eye for our exclusive interview with the man himself.
The Wombats @ Guild of Students – 29th June
Since coming out of Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, The Wombats have made a name for themselves around the world, almost becoming icons of the indie genre themselves. Whether you head down to Mountford Hall for the trio’s best known works such as ‘Let’s Dance To The Joy Division’ or their more recent releases, the night is sure to be full of energy, excitement and sing-alongs. Don’t wear your best clothes or trainers; they may end up wrecked by the end of the night.
Catfish and the Bottlemen @ Echo Arena – 30th June
What a great way to finish the month, and the list. After talking about how we have a wide array of icons coming to the cities biggest venue, it is our pleasure to see local lads, Catfish and the Bottlemen, headline the Echo Arena. These boys have been hard at work for the past few years and it is paying off in a big way. After winning Best Breakthrough Act at the Brit Awards, the career of these Rockers started on a huge incline, so much so that we wouldn’t be surprised if they were to sell out their hometown show. Make sure that you get your tickets before it’s too late!
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