A Music Lovers Guide to July in Liverpool
We are well and truly in to summer now, even if the weather doesn’t seem like it most days. And July means LIMF is on!
The Liverpool International Music Festival returns from the 21st until 23rd of this month and if you love music then you need to be heading to Sefton Park for three FREE days of incredible live action. And did we mention that it’s FREE!
This year we have teamed up with LIMF to bring you full coverage, backstage access and all the goss from the festival with LIMF TV. Watch our build up so far here, and keep it The Guide Liverpool for tonnes more.
It isn’t only Europe’s biggest free music festival happening this month in the city, there are many other gigs and shows to check out too.
From arena to basement venue, Liverpool has it all, once again, for music fans across the city.
LOLiFE featuring Subb-an – 14th July @ The Buyer’s Club
The LOLiFE nights have been a relatively new venture at The Buyer’s Club, but one that has not gone unnoticed, selling out for two months in a row. This month the night returns, obviously bigger and better, with DJ and producer Subb-an doing an extended, headline set. Subb-an’s music is timeless, groove-ridden and has the energy to keep you dancing into the early hours. He is undoubtably one of the most promising DJ/Producers the UK has to offer right now and we are so excited to have him in the intimate venue that is the Buyer’s Club.
Blink-182 – 15th July @ The Echo Arena
It’s crazy to think that Blink-182 are now a throwback band, but that is the slightly depressing reality. None-the-less, whether you are a teenager or a teenager at heart, the reformed, and newly recruited, 3-piece will hit the echo stage with a Pop-Punktastic bang, throwing everyone back to their awkward, teenage angst stage. The new album features replacement for classic front-man, Tom DeLonge, Matt Skiba who is proving a hit for the fans. This could be due to the fact that he is former member of Alkaline Trio, another cult favourite in the Pop-Punk scene. With this level of kudos and experience you need not fret about going to see the latest incarnation of these Pop-Punk pioneers.
Jools Holland & His Rhythm And Blues Orchestra – 15th July @ Liverpool Philharmonic
The Philharmonic Hall has a tendency of bringing living legends to the city. The latest is pianist and presenter extraordinaire, Jools Holland. Jools is set to take the stage with his big band, something that he created back in 1987 and has evolved in to an 18-piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra. The night will obviously be led by the prolific piano man as he tinkles, and sings, through original material and classics of the Jazz and Blues genre. If you’re lucky, he may even feature a guest vocalist or two.
Fresh Faces at The Cavern – 19th July – The Cavern
Once a month The Cavern and live music platform, Gigmit, invite four unique, emerging artists, performing their original music in the Cavern Live Lounge. July’s edition features local Indie-Hipsters Oya Paya who have been creating a real buzz for their D.I.Y way of doing things around the city. Also, we see Jousuka, who liken themselves to atmospheric titans, Explosions in the Sky and Mogwai, 80’s synth Pop lads, Azura Kings and self proclaimed “heavyweight champions of life, FlightWorks top off an eclectically exciting bill
Liverpool International Music Festival – 20th July @ Sefton Park
As previously mentioned, festival season is a go. We can already tell that this is the case for LIMF 2017. The main Summer Jam takes place across Sefton Park from the 20th to the 23rd. But, if you can’t make that then worry not, there’s an array of warm up shows, all with different themes for your entertainment. The team behind LIMF do an incredible job of fusing a family friendly weekend out with a music fans dream line-up of acts, so we can guarantee that there will be something for everybody. This year Garage Classical will open up proceedings on the Friday night, on Saturday you will see the likes of Gorgon City, Jax Jones & Naughty Boy live on stage an don Sunday Liverpool’s Louis Berry, Corrine Bailey Rae, Becky Hill and Cast will be playing Central Stage. Lots of incredible local talent too with The Farm, Vryll Society, She Drew the Gun, Halem, Xam Volo and The Christians all playing It’s Liverpool.
Check out the full line-up of artists and events here and we will see you in Sefton Park.
Gary Numan – 27th July @ Liverpool Exhibition Centre
If you haven’t seen the array of Gary Numan posters dotted around the city then you obviously haven’t been out at all. Having just signed a brand new record deal with BMG and with a new album in the works, Numan’s show will be a celebration of his epic career spanning almost 40 years and a jaw-dropping 21 studio albums not to mention the promise of some new material. With Liverpool one of only two UK dates this year it’s a unique chance to catch the maestro on the cusp of another incredible chapter in his career. The night is put on by Liverpool Sound City and features Numan, supported by Gang of Four.
Brian Wilson – 28th July @ Liverpool Exhibition Centre
Needing little to no introduction, the following night sees original Beach Boy, Brian Wilson take on the Exhibition Centre. Famed for illuminating the 60’s with an infectious blend of pop, psychedelia, complex melodies and tight harmonies, Brian Wilson directed the Beach Boys away from generic surf stalemate to the soaring pop/rock masterpiece that is Pet Sounds. This is the album that changed the rules of popular music forever and influenced every musician who heard it including The Beatles. With only three shows scheduled in the UK this year and both London and Sheffield already sold out, this is the very last chance to see Pet Sounds performed live by the great man himself. As an extra parting gift this last performance will include a very special rare cuts and greatest hits finale.
Wide Eyed Boy – 31 July @ Shipping Forcast
Is it me or are these guys everywhere at the moment? With their new single, Loving You Is Easy, out now we’ve been writing about their achievements a lot this month. Off the back of this latest release the Indie-Pop 4-piece have taken to the road, playing numerous shows in Germany and the UK. With the band being a Liverpool product the hometown show is one not to miss, as one would expect. Wide Eyed Boy bring their polished live show, along with their enviable work rate, to the Shipping Forecast basement to top off a great month of live music.