Music: A Gig Lovers Guide to May in Liverpool

By Alex Dop

It’s hard not to be impressed by just how consistently strong our city’s live music scene is, and this May we bring you big name after big name.

This month’s top 8 gigs includes 2 at the Echo Arena, one festival and one at Aintree Racecourse, pretty big huh? But don’t worry, as usual we have a few that showcase local talent and the more independent side of affairs. The choice is yours…

Imelda May @ Philharmonic Hall – 15th May 2017

There is no better venue to host this Irish gem. The Philharmonic Hall is classy, steeped in history and full of character, just like Imelda May and her music. The tour is in support of her latest album, Life Love Flesh Blood, and will bring her unique, Rockabilly sound to our shores accompanied by her live band consisting of the fantastic Al Gare slapping the double bass. For an evening of class and nostalgia, with a good measure of spice thrown in, look no further. May is as charasmatic as her voice is powerful, making for a less than polite affair. Get your dancing shoes on, because we doubt you’ll be sat down for long. Find out more and get your tickets here.

A Night At The Races With Kaiser Cheifs @ Aintree Racecourse Pavillion – 19th May

This is a special one. From 3:35pm you can enter the world famous Aintree Racecourse to embark upon a night at the races with Kaiser Cheifs. The races start from 5:35pm, with the last race at 8:50pm. After you’ve consumed a large amount of bubbly and, hopefully, won a fair bit of cash, you will be treated to the main event. Kaiser Chiefs are undoubtedly one of the best live bands the UK has produced in the past decade. The band’s new album Stay Together marks their sixth top 10 album and they are about to take on a UK Arena Tour, as well as playing major festivals around the world. Get your tickets here.

Iron Maiden @ Echo Arena – 20th May

This is our second arena show of the list, as well as being the second that is a truly iconic act; but what a contrast! Iron Maiden are due to tear through Liverpool late this May as part of The Book Of Souls tour, a tour that consists of 117 dates. These juggernauts of British Heavy Metal have never slowed down and are showing no signs of it either if the last few years are anything to go by. The members are all entering their sixties, but, don’t be fooled by the numbers, all they mean is that Maiden know how to put on one hell of a show through years of touring. The energy levels and manicness of their concerts has, and will never, cease to amaze their cult following, show after show, tour after tour. Plus, we’re sure Eddie will make one of his regular appearances…More info and tickets here.

Akua Naru @ 24 Kitchen Street – 20th May

Image Credit: Akau Nau Official Facebook

Akua Naru is a Jazz inspired Hip-Hop artist who is embarking on a short but sweet UK tour. With classic boom bap hip hop sounds, socially conscious rhymes, jazz-soul elements, Naru has garnered attention around the world, especially having been associated with artist movements such as the 90’s hip hop era and acts such as Lauryn Hill & The Roots. Naru’s fusion of music and poetry is enthralling when on record, but when seen live it is entirely all-encompassing, visually, melodically, rhythmically and lyrically. Most fans will know this already, but for anyone looking for a new favourite artist, we have found her for you. More info here.

Clean Cut Kid @ O2 Academy – 20th May

Due to the success of this Indie-Pop outfit, they blur the line between local talent and touring band. Although not quite an arena act just yet, they are the stepping stone between the local showcases such as This Feeling and the heavy weight arena spectulars. Clean Cut Kid have fast become a scouse favourite and have flown the nest of the lcoal scene for national circuit. The latest, headline tour brings them back to their roots for what is sure to be a energetically infectious night of clapping to the beat, moving your feet and singing along to the 4 pieces infectious Indie bangers. Tickets and info here.

Summer Shout Out 2017: Wirral Live @ Prenton Park – 19th – 21st May

Wirral Live looks to be stealing the show this month, even though you may (no pun intended) have to travel a little further out. But, saying that, the journey will well and truly be worth it. On the 19th you will be treated to having Madness as your headliners with local legends, The Farm, bringing us all together to warm us up beforehand. The day after will see The Libertines tear up Tranmere Rovers’ Football ground with special guests The Coral and Reverend and The Makers. And, to top is all off, Little Mix headline the 21st May with suppoer from Connor Maynard. The variety of acts on offer seem to cover most bases, with something for almost every generation in the family. Tickets and info available here.

The King Of Pop- The Legend Continues Tour @ Echo Arena – 27th May

Image Credit: Echo Arena Liverpool

Our third arena show, and our third that consists a legend, however, not a living one this time, unfortunatley. Instead, The King Of Pop tour pays tribute to, you guessed it, the King of Pop, Michael Jackson. When his last tour, ‘This Is It’, was obviously cancelled, fans were grief stricken. However, the Pop icon’s world famous female lead guitarist, Jennifer Batten, has teamed up with the world’s leading Jackson tribute, and once official body double, Navi, to deliver an unforgettable experience for those who narrowly missed out on one last chance to see the king. Although not a living legend like Dylan and Maiden, this immersive show will make you feel like you’re watching the real person. More info here.

Sound City @ Clarence Dock Arena – 25th – 28th May

Sound City just keeps developing and developing. It was a risky move changing the style and location of the festival a couple of years ago, but now it’s as if it has always been this way. The event isn’t just for festival goers, it includes industry talks and  networking events for people in our local scene to connect with the wider world. However, on to the main event. This years line-up includes The Kooks, Metronomy, The Human League, The Cribs, Peaches, The Hunna, Slaves, White Lies, Arcane Roots…enough? No? Well we have our local talent such as XamVolo, PIXEY, Oya Paya, Jalen N’Gonda, The Jackobins, Sugarmen, The Baltic States and many more. Enough said? I think so. This is Mays main music event. Tickets and more here.

It’s incredibly tough to pick just 8 this month as there is an Elvis tribute on and Take That are coming to town as well as host of lovely, smaller shows, however we reckon this is the pick of the bunch!

If you are planning a concert, gig or show or just want to tell us what you’re looking to seeing, let us know! Email our Alex on or tweet us @TheGuideLpool and we’ll share the love!

*Featured Image Credit: Sound City, by Andy Hughes

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