A Music Lovers Guide to March in Liverpool
2017 just isn’t letting up when it comes to live music in Liverpool.
We have no shortage of gigs to tell you about in the coming months, in fact, it’s getting harder and harder to pick a top ten. But, we did it! For you, our loyal reader, we struggled through and whittled March’s mammoth musical offerings down to these ten great gigs.
Here’s your guide to music in Liverpool throughout March
Bill Laurance – 5th March @ O2 Academy
Bill Laurance is a British pianist and composer, world-renowned multi instrumentalist, and producer who has been dubbed a “jazz maestro” by The Guardian. Bill has released four albums to date as a band leader and has travelled across the globe and through a myriad of award-winning musical projects including his quartet, duo and as a solo pianist.
Bill is a two time Grammy winning artist and in 2015, he won the Breakthrough award at the JazzFM Awards, whilst also being nominated this year as a MOBO Best Jazz Act. Having witnessed him play with the mavericks that are Snarky Puppy, I can tell you first hand that his solo piece for the evening stunned the audience in to silence, even leaving a few haunting seconds before any applause. If that one song was anything to go by, you’re in for an awe inspiring night. Tickets available here.
The Amazons – 6th March @ The Buyers Club
The Buyers Club is a relatively young venue in the city, however, it is one that is showing us why we should pay close attention to it. The latest offering is from Rock quartet, The Amazons. Fusing 90s grunge with the melodic sensibilities of more contemporary acts like Bombay Bicycle Club and Tame Impala, The Amazons are beauty and aggression wrapped together in harmony. When it comes to performing live, the aggression comes to the forefront, acting as a release for both band and audience. Maybe take a towel to this one, if you know what I mean. More info available here.
Tinariwen – 7th March @ The Invisible Wind Factory
Grammy-award winning Tuareg group, Tinariwen play Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory this March.
The Saharan Blues purveyors will perform music from their new album ‘Elwan’, which has already attracted 5-star reviews from The Independent and Record Collector, as well as songs from their impressive back catalogue stretching back over fifteen years.
Harvest Sun Promotions are pleased to have teamed up with Africa Oyé to bring the Malian group to one of our most exciting new venues and the show will form part of Oyé’s 25th Anniversary celebrations in 2017, celebrations that will be plentiful this year, so keep an eye out. Although something tells me this colourful, musical feast will be hard to miss. Find out more here.
V05 NME Awards Tour ft. Blossoms – 17th March @ Olympia
If you’ve kept up with regular gig guides, you’ll know how much we love the Olympia here at The Guide Liverpool. It’s a real treasure that often gets forgotten about, however, last year saw a small renaissance as bigger touring acts graced its stage. 2017 looks set to keep this trend going with the V05 NME Awards tour hitting this beautiful venue. Headline act, Blossoms, blew up in 2016 and it looks as if the explosion hasn’t stopped yet. Be ready for a good old-fashioned Indie-Rock romp as they show us exactly why they top the bill of this reputable UK tour. Get tickets and info here.
Jack Savoretti – 21st March @ Philharmonic Hall
Jack Savoretti first came to our attention in 2015 with his fantastic album, Written in Scars, however, that was his 4th studio album! 2016 saw him release his 5th, Sleep No More, his most mature work to date; a work that has been his second top ten record and highest charting yet. Savoretti brings his sumptuously sophisticated live show to our sumptuously sophisticated Philharmonic Hall, get yourselves dressed up and get down for this night of acoustic swooning. More info here.
Thundercat – 24th March @ Invisible Wind Factory
This is one for the bassists and the music geeks, and, if you’ve heard the jokes, then those two groups of people seem worlds apart. However, bass virtuoso, Thundercat, brings those worlds together. His unique ability earned him a Grammy in 2016 for his work with Kendrick Lamar and, whilst working along side an array of other artists, he has been crafting his latest album that dropped this year. Therefore, in support of his latest release, Thundercat comes to Liverpool as part of his European tour, bringing is fusion of premium Jazz, Soul, Hip-Hop and Funk. More info here.
Doc Brown – 24th March @ 24 Kitchen Street
After 8 years of taking the live comedy, film and television industry by storm, Doc Brown is getting back to his roots, returning to the world of real rap with an intoxicating new live show and an arsenal of future classics.
A full decade since his last serious release, the legendary London MC is back in the serious music game, doing what he does best. No stranger to the live music scene, Doc has toured with De La Soul and Busta Rhymes, and was Mark Ronson’s rapper in his band set-up alongside Amy Winehouse from 2005-2007. Despite a long and wildly successful hiatus in film and television, a return to serious music has proved too much of a pull, as Doc himself says: “It’s the ultimate in unfinished business for me. Music was the dream when I was a kid. This is where I started.’ More info here.
Circa Waves – 24th March @ Liverpool Guild Of Students – Mountford Hall
Liverpool rockers, Circa Waves, head out in their first UK headline tour since October 2015. As a city, we have proven that we have got creating guitar bands down to a tee; you need look nowhere else for UK Indie-Rock.
Not to tread the same path twice, Circa Waves embark on their biggest headline tour to date as the band are set to play a string of unmissably energetic live shows in support of their eagerly anticipated second album, Different Creatures. More info and tickets here.
Billy Ocean – 27th March @ The Philharmonic Hall
Billy Ocean is the biggest black recording star Britain has ever produced, one who has sold over 30 million records in his lifetime, and he is still going strong.
He has collected a pile of Gold and Platinum records across the world and hit the number one spot worldwide with tracks such as ‘Love Really Hurts Without You’, ‘When the Going gets Tough (the tough gets going)’ and ‘Get Outta My Dreams; Get Into My Car’. Billy seems to have a soft spot for Liverpool, visiting us quite frequently on various tours and festivals. His latest tour brings him to our Philharmonic Hall, one of the more intimate venues that he has done in the city. Don’t pass up this chance to see a real living legend in such close proximity. Get your tickets here.
Frankie Davies – 29th March @ The Magnet
Frankie Davies is at the leading edge of the UK Country music boom and has been delighting fans at home and around Europe with her unique blend of Country and Americana both as a solo artist and with her all girl band. Aged just 24, Frankie performs at the highest level. She has toured the UK with British Country favourites The Shires and as main support for Grammy Nominated Nashville star Chris Young on the European leg of his sold out tour. It’s clear that Frankie was born to perform, so if you have an opportunity to catch her live, such as this, don’t miss it! More info and tickets here.