What gigs are on in May in Liverpool?

We’ve had a tiny taste of British Summer Time already this year, and it’s got us hot under the collar, excited for festival season.

May builds upon what our local festival scene has given us with the world famous, Sound City, returning to its inner city roots. And, of course, on top of that, we have a host of individual shows to get you out the door.

4th May – Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – EBGB’S

A veteran at 31, with a handful of top 40 singles and albums, the Southend troubadour is back for an intimate show in Liverpool, ahead of a busy festival season and new releases. Acoustic, singer songwriters go down well on our shores, and this guy is a master of the genre. His biggest hit was back in 2006, but he hasn’t stopped touring since, delivering a live show to rival anyone else on this list. If you like your shows to be up close and personal with the added charm of an acoustic guitar, then get your tickets now. Local support comes from The Guide Liverpool favourite, Katie Mac.

5th & 6th May – Sound City – The Baltic Triangle & Cain’s Brewery

As we said, Sound City is returning to where it all began, the bars, clubs and music venues of the City Centre. The buzz created by having live music on all over the city has never been matched since the festival left to the docks, and we’re excited to have it back with big names such as Peace and an array of up and comers, and local talent. The festivities don’t stop there as we have showcases, networking events and art installations all over the gaff. Wristbands are still available so make sure that you snap yours up online now. 

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5th May – Marmozets – O2 Academy

Here’s one for those who like their gigs with extra sweat. If Sound City is not where you find yourself on the weekend of 5th May, then the O2 Academy will be the place to be for a full throttle affair. This female fronted, Post-Punk outfit put on one hell of a show, you’ll know exactly what I mean if you’ve seen local band, Queen Zee, as they supported Marmozets on a previous tour. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again – get your tickets here and wear your crappiest trainers.

7th May – Nickelback – Echo Arena

We’re personally super excited about this one. Nickelback come to the local arena and plan to tear it down. One of Canada’s most successful bands ever, this 4 piece have sold around 45 million albums and scored worldwide hits with tracks such as How You Remind Me and Rockstar. The band have gained mainstream success as well as a cult following as their Southern Fried Rock became associated with WWE RAW. Leave your life at the door let lose to a show that promises spectacle and escapism in equal measure. 

12th May – Eurovision Party – Camp and Furnace

I know what you’re thinking – this isn’t a gig. Well, that is where you are wrong as this Eurovision Party comes complete with live music. We just couldn’t resist this guilty pleasure combined with a night out seeing live bands. If pure, cheesy fun is what you’re after, you’ll find it here for sure. The live music comes from Eurovision legend, Sonia, as well as the Camp and Furnace House Band. Watch the whole Eurovision final on the big screen and let yourself go with glitter makeover stalls and face masks of your favourite Eurovision stars. Get your tickets now. 

12th May – Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club – Camp and Furnace

If Eurovision is not your thing, then you won’t have to go very far. We simply couldn’t ignore this local classic rearing its head just before the summer hits. Scouse veteran DJ, Craig Charles returns to Camp and Furnace to spin his decks for the crowds once more. What can you expect? Dancing. Charles’ collection of Funk & Soul is unrivalled and is effortlessly cool and grooving at the same time. Camp and Furnace is definitely the place to be this May for unfiltered, straight up, musical fun. Tickets tend to fly out the door for this one, so grab them before they’re gone!

25th May – Echo & The Bunnymen – The Philharmonic Hall

Fancy one of Merseyside’s most iconic bands playing at one of Merseyside’s most iconic venues? Oh go on then! Echo and the band of bunnymen haven’t stopped tearing up the world stage since their formation in 1978 and they show no signs of stopping as their latest tour is in support of their latest album, The Stars, The Oceans & The Moon. These guys will go down in history in phenomenal company, as one of the all time greats from the region, and this is them performing in their own back yard. 

15th May – Shane Filan – Liverpool Olympia

The Olympia has done a fantastic job recently of reminding us why it is one of the best music venues in our eclectic city. This gorgeous setting has played host for all kinds of live shows and music festivals and, this month, welcomes a huge pop star from one of the biggest British pop bands of all time. Shane Filan, of Westlife, comes to Merseyside as part of his Love Always Tour accompanied by acclaimed songwriters and performers, Andy Brown and Max Restaino. Filan is front man and performer in his own right, delivering a show for fans of his from his new, and previous, projects. Grab your tickets now. 

18th May – The Lightning Seeds – Aintree Racecourse

It’s a World Cup year, so when we saw that The Lightning Seeds were kicking off Aintree Racecourse’s concert run; we just had to include them. That, combined with the fact that Aintree has hosted some of the best open-air concerts in the region recently, means that this is going to be the start of a fantastic summer of music for them. Expect hits including Lucky You and Life Of Riley, as well as the England Football anthem Three Lions from this hometown show. Get your tickets for this unique show now. 

30th May – Stereophonics – Echo Arena

Award winning, Welsh Rock outfit, Stereophonics are another Rock band that will take the biggest stage in the city this month. With hits such as Dakota and Handbags and Gladrags, this is another show that could be the sing-along show of the month. Stereophonics have never stopped releasing music, with a new album out in 2017. The new stuff holds up against the classics and we’re excited to sing our lungs out to both! Get your tickets now.

Another sensational month of live music in the region, covering a wide array of bases. However, there is always more and WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT IT. Get in touch with the shows you’re most looking forward to on alex@theguideliverpool.com.

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