A Music Lovers Guide to the rest of November in Liverpool
By Alex Dop
Christmas is just around the corner and we’re turning said corner pretty sharply! But, if you want to make the most of the local music scene before everything succumbs to the festivities, then look no further. There isn’t much of November left, but Liverpool has crammed in as many gigs and club nights as it can. Here are some of my top picks for local music lovers…
LIMF Academy Presents – Friday 18th Nov @ The Jacaranda
Having previously written about the LIMF Academy and the benefit it has for local, up and coming talent, as well as the scene itself, I couldn’t leave this little gem out, especially as my band/house mate is performing; SPXKEN. ‘LIMF Presents’ gives our gig goers another chance to see these budding artists if they weren’t able to catch them at Liverpool International Music Festival itself, this time in the classic setting of The Jac. After the success of the first event, this promises to be a night not to be missed!
LORDI – Friday 18th November @ The Krazyhouse
Do I need to say much more than that? The costumed, Finnish ensemble come to Liverpool as part of their 34 date MONSTOUR. Now, whether you like them or not, you must have heard of the Eurovision conquering track, Hard Rock Hallelujah, and, just know, that they are not to be taken seriously. Lordi are the Halloween of Heavy Metal; they appear visually terrifying, they sound a little terrifying, but it’s all in the name of good fun! So, if you fancy something a little out of the ordinary, head down to The K for a feast that will leave your eyes just as full as your ears.
24 Kitchen St. 3rd Birthday – 18th November @ 24 Kitchen Street
Love music but prefer it being spun rather than played live? Then this is the one for you.
Kitchen Street has championed local and national DJs alike, becoming known for it’s late night raves with legends such as Nightmares On Wax. With venues closing down left, right and centre across the UK, it should be celebrated when any venue can add another candle to its birthday cake.
In keeping with its Baltic Triangle setting, Kitchen Street can pride itself on having DJs who use “vintage hardware, and most of their records…pressed on vinyl”, in an era where digital files have caused the art form to be compromised.
This is one for the purists. Late night, raving purists, but purists nonetheless.
The Merseyrail Sound Station Prize – Saturday 19th November @ Moorfields Station
Now, stop me if this is a shameful plug, as I myself am playing this event. Oh, what’s that? You can’t stop me? Well then, I’ll continue…
Hosted by our own Jay Hynd the Merseyrail Sound Station Podcast has always championed new music from our richly talented city, but over the past few years it has gone that one step further, giving them a stage on which they can be propelled further in to the industry; the Merseyrail Sound Station Festival, featuring 10 bands whom will battle it out to win the Sound Station Prize. The event runs all day at Moorfields Station, with the winner being announced at HUS on Tithebarn Street.
It is sure to be a great day of local, live music (whether we win or not).
Frank Turner – Monday 21st November @ The Guild Of Students
This makes in to in to my top gigs for November for two reasons. One: I’ve seen Frank Turner twice and been swept up by his show on both occasions, two: The Guild Of Students is a great venue, again showing us that Liverpool has the capacity to house artists of all calibres. I’m no Folk fan…at all, however, knowing that Turner came from Hardcore band, Million Dead, made him much more accessible to an anti-folkster. And, for this fact, I am grateful, because without it I wouldn’t have had the opportunity for Frank to stir my emotions with his blatant, yet poetic lyrics telling tales of heartbreak, political views and basic human experience. I would also have missed out on an infectiously energetic live show, with an aesthetic that can only be described as ‘class’.
The Last Waltz – Friday 25th November @ Philharmonic Music Room
This is one that is sure to be amazing, but might have just missed your radar.
On 25 November, 1976, the legends that are The Band performed their last ever concert after 16 years on the road. On that faithful night they were joined by some of their ‘friends’. This included the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Muddy Waters, Van Morrison and Eric Clapton…I know.
On the 40th Anniversary of that night Seafoam Green & Mellowtone will be celebrating the influence it has had on songwriters since with a concert of songs from the very set list played on that day in 1976. This is not a tribute night; this too is a band joined by guests and friends, celebrating one of the most influential evenings in music history. Join Dave O’Grady’s Seafoam Green including members of Echo & The Bunnymen for what’s set to be a special performance.
Soul II Soul – Saturday 26th November @ Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild Of Students
Soul legends Soul II Soul come to Liverpool once again, this time in the graceful surrounding of Mountford Hall. Soul II Soul has influenced the Soul music scene in Liverpool, with one of its premier music events, Soul4Soul obviously drawing inspiration, for example. Forming in 1988, they guys are well versed in putting on a great show, with classics such as Keep On Movin’ and Back To Life.
Deacon Blue – Saturday 26th November – Echo Arena
You aren’t a true scouser unless you are into Deacon Blue, no matter how old you are. Passed down from our ‘arl fella’s’ their greatest hits album was always the most popular CD in our house! Te Scottish legends are making their return to the Echo Arena stage for their now annual gig on Saturday 26th.
Arrested Development – 28th November @ The Blade Factory
The Atlanta-based Hip-Hop group was founded in the late 80s. Since then, the group has won two Grammy Awards, one for Best New Artist and the other for Best Rap Performance by a Duo. This is another gig that could just miss your radar as The Blade Factory is a relatively tucked away venue, behind the Baltic Triangle’s Camp and Furnace. However, I feel that this deserves your attention, as it is a rare opportunity to see a Grammy Award winning ensemble in very intimate setting.
Katie Melua with the Gori Women’s Choir – 29th November @ The Philharmonic Hall
It has been a while since we heard from Katie Melua, in the mainstream at least, but she’s been hard at work, refining her talent and sound. In this special winter concert, the multi award-winning recording artist is to be joined on stage by the 23-piece Gori Women’s Choir. Masters of the ancient Georgian tradition of polyphonic singing, Gori Women’s Choir are described by Melua as a ‘completely unique vocal orchestra’. This is sure to be something special!
The Fratellis – 30th November @ The O2 Academy
Head down to the O2 to catch the boisterously infectious Indie trio, The Fratellis.
Huge tunes such as Baby Fratelli and, of course, Chelsea Dagger are sure to get the whole room chanting and bouncing. If you’ve been to the Academy before, then you will know how rowdy things can get in there, so, I’d advise wearing something that you don’t mind getting sweaty, for this is sure to act as your exercise for the day.
So there you have it your guide to the rest of the gig scene here in Liverpool over the next couple of weeks. And if that wasn’t enough in December we have The Coral, Space & Cast playing gigs to Ocean Colour Scene, Status Quo and the return of Rod Stewart. Keep it here for all the latest and get on twitter for regular updates @TheGuideLpool.