Music: A Gig Goer’s Guide to February in Liverpool
Ok, so we’re firmly back on the horse. Christmas has been put to bed, work has begun again and we’re looking at how we can shake of the cobwebs of January. For a lot of us, there is only one way to do this: by getting lost amongst a mound of live music.
We have got your our top picks of the gigs going on throughout the coming month. From Heavy Metal to R&B, Liverpool has something for all, however, it seems as though February’s live music scene is coming at us with no mercy, as the Indie/Rockers prepare to hit us full force, shaking off those January cobwebs for definite!
Two Door Cinema Club @ Liverpool University Guild of Students (Mountford Hall & Stanley Theatre) – 2nd February
The Indie-Popsters that are Two Door Cinema Club come to one of the cities lesser known, high capacity venues. The Stanley Theatre offers a picturesque setting for various types of performance, whilst the Mountford Hall provides us with a venue size that can compete with the Olympia. Although held at the University Guild of Students, this light-hearted, toe-tapping, head-bobbing night of live music is open to everyone. It’s great to see touring bands coming to the city, as well as filling the venues without a shimmer of doubt.
Skindred @ O2 Academy – 7th February
Whoever said that Heavy Metal was no fun and that it is for grumpy teenagers has obviously never heard of Skindred. This Welsh 5-piece fuse various sub-genres of Heavy Metal with Reggae…yes, Reggae. At the very least it makes for some good boisterous fun, but, more than that, behind the un-hinged front man performance of Benji Webbe is an array of social and political messages. The band seem to have been a little off the radar since their last album, back in 2015, but with a UK tour to start the year off, does that mean that we can expect new music this year? Let us hope so.
Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall – 8th February
When you think Fleetwood Mac, you think ‘The Chain’, ‘Don’t Stop’ and ‘Go Your Own Way’, however, there is so much more to the legendary 4-piece than just the hits. Encompassing nearly five decades of legendary music, and channelling the spirit of Fleetwood Mac at their very best, ‘Hits to Blues’ offers a unique opportunity for fans, both old and new, to rediscover the songs and performances that have ensured Fleetwood Mac’s place as one of the most loved bands of all time. Rumours Of Fleetwood Mac have become one of the most premier tribute acts in the world, providing a stunning and incredibly accurate snapshot of the World’s first Super Group. Where else would you want to watch this exclusive journey than at one of our cities finest venues?
Cabbage @ EBGBS (Neighbourhood Tour) – 10th February
Following its critical acclaim and sell out success, Neighbourhood Festival is branching out on tour across sixteen major UK cities in 2017 showcasing three of the UK’s best new bands Cabbage, The Shimmer Band and April. We’ve focussed specifically on the Manchester five-piece that is Cabbage, as they are one of the most hotly tipped UK Rock bands right now. Their latest EP, ‘Necroflat In The Palace’ has just been released on James Skelly’s Skeleton Key Records, the home of Merseyside musician, She Drew the Gun. The four track EP is the second in a series of three monthly EP’s and they serve up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of discordant neo post-punk and will headline each night of the tour. I’m sure we’ve all ended the night a little too sweaty in the EBGBS basement, but nothing like this before!
Sundara Karma @ O2 Academy – 12th February
Sundara Karma are a young four piece alternative band from Reading, entering the rock arenas straight from their A-Levels. Gathering the support of BBC Radio 1 DJs Fearne Cotton and Huw Stephens, their dreamy, almost psychedelic sound has been described as ‘the sound of Summer’, so it should provide you with some much-needed sun at this time of year. These guys are technically on the list twice as they are supporting Two Door Cinema Club on their UK tour, however, their own tour begins on 11th Feb and comes to Liverpool for it’s second date. These guys made some rather large, psychedelic waves last year and are hitting the ground running in 2017.
Busted @ Liverpool University Guild of Students (Mountford Hall & Stanley Theatre) – 17nd February
We told you that the University Guild of Students is a venue that can keep up with the big boys; well, this is us proving that. Off the back of an incredibly successful reunion and worldwide tour as McBusted, the Pop-Punk boy band heads back on the road, with all 3 members looking a lot more mature, and ready to show the UK that they mean business. But, fear not classic fans, they are sure to retain their sense of fun with Pop classics such as ‘What I Go To School For’ and ‘Year 3000’.
Little Comets @ O2 Academy – 17th February
Little Comets seem to come out of nowhere with their first release, blowing up on the web and all over the airways. Since then, they have remained a cult favourite as they effortlessly retain their credibility and musicianship, whilst still creating infinitely infectious songs. Little Comets remain committed to actually saying something in a song and have said that they aim to “convince Taio Cruz that ‘plans’ and ‘dance’ is not acceptable as a rhyme”. With the glorious energy of a salmon swimming upstream in a laboratory experiment, Little Comets will release new album – WORHEAD – into the world on February 3rd 2017, alongside a UK tour that graces one of our cities more intimate touring band venues.
MiC Lowry @ O2 Academy – 18th February
MiC Lowry are becoming more and more of a staple of the Liverpool music scene, especially new music, even though they’ve barely even started. Off the back of an almost sold out 2016 headline tour, numerous single releases and, of course, supporting Justin Bieber on his world tour, this soulful 5-piece boy band hit the road again to keep their very large ball rolling. After such a successful 2016, these guys are a band to keep one eye firmly on, as things will no doubt only go up from here. One little bit of inside knowledge for you: these guys are known for just being 5 voices and an acoustic guitar, but on this tour, they bring the live band experience to their set, and the fans.
Kings Of Leon @ The Echo Arena 25th Feb
Kings Of Leon were once the biggest Pop-Rock bands on the planet after releasing their hit machine album that was Only By The Night. Now, almost 10 YEARS ON (10 years! I know!) they are still filling arenas all over the world thanks to their consistently charming sound continued over their last 3 albums. 2016 saw the Nashville family release ‘WALLS’, reaffirming them on the world stage. Their world tour comes to our gloriously grand Echo Arena and is sure to be a good old-fashioned rock romp.
Josefin Ohrn and the Liberation @ Central Library – 25th February
Swedish Grammy Nominated 4-piece, Josefin Ohrn and the Liberation may be someone that you are not so familiar with, especially when compared to some of the previous acts listed. However, Ohrn and her liberation army come to the UK to change all that, playing interestingly innovative venues across the country. For their Liverpool date, they play in the wonderfully whimsical setting that is the Central Library, a path successfully trodden by the likes of Lucy Rose in previous months. If you like your Indie with a large dollop of Scandinavian Psychedelia, then this is a gig not to be missed.