Liverpool Music Week: Preview

Now in it’s 11th year, Liverpool Music Week has quietly (well, quite loudly actually) gone about becoming one of the indispensable events for music fans in the city. Each year LMW brings in some of the biggest and most well respected acts from around the world as well as breakthrough artists to venues all over Liverpool. The event’s 10th anniversary celebrations last year brought with them the biggest Music Week to date and this year it’s just as big.

Taking place across some of the city’s favourite venues including The Kazimier, the Shipping Forecast and Camp and Furnace as well as less used spaces such as The Dome at Grand Central and the Scandinavian Church on Park Lane, LMW is also a chance to check out some hidden gems in architecture as well as music.

As well as bringing acts of international standing, Music Week has always supported local bands who are showing promise. The scene in Liverpool is currently a strong one so it isn’t a difficult task but the organisers of LMW have done well to find space in the busy schedules of acts like All We Are, Outfit and Sugarmen.

Liverpool Music Week is the time to get out there and see some music acts of true quality but if you are struggling to choose which out of the 250 acts across 50 events to go to, here is The Guide’s top five picks:


Richard Hawley, 23rd October, The Dome at Grand Central

Liverpool Music Week Headliner Richard Hawley


With his smooth croon, romantic lyrics and faultless style, a Richard Hawley gig would be enough to make this list but the fact that it is happening in the stupendous surrounds of The Dome makes it absolutely unmissable.


The Closing Party, 31st October, Camp and Furnace

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What better way to spend Halloween than in the company of some of the world’s top bands at Liverpool’s coolest venue. The LMW Closing Party features the wonderful weirdness of headliners Deerhunter, funk legends Gang of Four as well as local trio Clean Cut Kid, All We Are and Spring King. After tearing up many of the summer festivals, we’d also implore you to check out LA Priest.


Palace, 23rd October, Shipping Forecast



Part of the DIY Presents: Breaking Out series of gigs at the Shipping Forecast, highly rated Palace bring their melodic alt rock to LMW. Go see them now, it’s only £3 entry and they’ll soon be playing much, much larger rooms.


God Speed You! Black Emperor, 27th October, Camp and Furnace


Not one for the faint hearted, this. GSY!BE deal in very loud, very noisey post rock. With a 20 year career behind them they have built up a solid reputation for putting on incredible multimedia shows which batter all the senses. If you missed Psych Fest last month or want some more, this is the show for you.


Stealing Sheep w/ Immix Ensemble, 25th October, Bluecoat

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This show ticks lots of boxes; a fantastic local band, an interesting twist on their usual show, a dance element courtesy of Liverpool Irish Festival and all taking place in one of Liverpool’s best loved spaces. The Stealing Sheep girls are working with kiwi composer Immix to rework their indie disco jams while contemporary dance will come from Fearghus O Conchuir and Aoife McAtamney.

Jay met Festival General Manager Chris Tyler to find out a bit more about one  of the biggest weeks in Liverpool’s music calendar. You can also win tickets to either the opening or closing party just comment below the video with who you are most looking forward to seeing at LMW.

WATCH Chris Tyler from Liverpool Music Week

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