Your Guide to Liverpool Music Week 2016
By Alex Dop
Liverpool Music Week has become one of the city’s premier music events in recent years and has grown year on year to become Europe’s largest indoor winter music festival.
It is an industry recognised festival bringing together successful artists from all over the world and putting them on bills with the areas best, and most promising talent. From the 26th October to 4th November we welcome this talent to various venues in the centre ranging from The Dome at Grand Central Hall and The Olympia, to Leaf and The Arts Club.
For the full Liverpool Music Week schedule & to sort your wristbands check out the #LMW16 website here
With so much going on, how on earth are you going to know whom to see? Let alone when and where. Let me help…
Not only does LMW showcase a lot of local talent, it brings back the talent that is off doing great things on a national, and sometimes international, level. This year sees headline acts such as Louis Berry, Clean Cut Kid and She Drew The Gun, all of whom are from Merseyside.
And, the homecomings don’t stop with those headliners; they can be seen just below with bands such as All We Are and Jalen N’Gonda returning back to the city after a stretch away touring nationally, and internationally in Jalen’s case, smashing through the industry.
Then, looking a little further down some of the bills, you can still find homecoming bands in the form of slightly smaller acts, who have started breaking through the UK music scene. These acts include good friends of mine, Whitecliffe, returning from a tour of Germany, V Y N C E who have been touring all over the UK, and XamVolo who returns from supporting AURORA.
Who to catch from the Homecoming crowd…
So, if you’re after some Pop inflected Indie, then you need look no further than the Arts Club, who host Clean Cut Kid (29th Oct), Whitecliff (1ST Nov) and V Y N C E (28th Oct). Lest we forget the folks in All We Are who support War Paint at the Grand Central Dome on the 26th Oct.
If you’re after something a bit smoother, more acoustic or songwriter based, then head down to LEAF on 31st Oct to catch Jalen N’Gonda support Louis Berry. With both of these on the same bill, you will certainly get bang for your buck!
Finally, if you’re in the market for something a bit different then you can catch the soulful XamVolo during the closing party on 4th Nov. You may also want to catch the fantastic, lyrical prowess of She Drew The Gun on 30th Oct at LEAF.
Here are my top 3 must see acts during LMW.
John Carpenter – The Master Of Horror, Live
John Carpenter is responsible for writing Horror classics such as Halloween and Escape From New York. He also directed The Thing, The Fog and Village of The Damned to name but a few, and that’s not even touching on his involvement in creating soundtracks for productions such as The Simpsons, ParaNorman and many more. As far as his live set goes, I have no idea what to expect, but I’m absolutely certain that it will be more than worth the ticket price. Such an accomplished, eclectic and credible artist coming to the city is not to be snubbed.
My next pick goes to this modern Jazz trio. These guys have somehow managed to bring Jazz back to the mainstream, or hipster mainstream if you will. Anyone who manages to do that without losing the credibility of the genre deserves massive plaudits, and a crowd at their show, that’s why I for one will be in attendance on 1st November at the Arts Club. If you’re reading this thinking “Jazz?! What are you talking about? No way!” I understand. However, GoGo Penguin do a fantastic job of mixing the genre with contemporary, electronic elements, making them more than your average ‘Jazz Band’. If you’re in two minds on whether to head down or not, then I say take the plunge and experience something just that bit different.
Dinosaur Jr. are a three piece Rock band hailing from Massachusetts. I chose these guys because I supported them in another life; years ago with an old Rock band of mine. And, I have to say, that smashed it. They’ve been doing the rounds all over the world for the past 20 years or so, becoming regulars on various circuits, at various levels, in various countries. Their latest album, ‘Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not’, is their most mature to date, surely with the experience of touring and recording non-stop contributing. If you head down to the Arts Club on 27th October you will be treated with a feast for the ears, and eyes, leaving you just shy of ‘too full’. The energy and the hugeness of the sound that comes from just three guys is a thing to behold.
You can get a lot out of LMW for the ticket price, quantity and quality wise. But, just when you think it’s all over, there is the closing party on the 4th November throughout various venues on the Liverpool Docklands with Bido Lito. This is your chance to catch an array of local bands and artists to top off a jam-packed festival.
See you there.