Here's the full jam packed 11 day schedule for this years Liverpool Music Week.
With only 4 weeks to go until the UK’s biggest indoor winter Music event rolls into town, the music fest which kicks off on 29th November and culminates on 9th December has put together a mouth watering itinerary that includes some of the UK’s hottest acts including Kaisers Chiefs, Madness, Hard Fi, The Chemical Brothers, New Young Pony Club, Simian Mobile Disco, The Bees, Good Shoes, Candie Payne and The Rascals, as well as becoming a platform to witness some of the world's fresh and exciting talent!
Of the 270 acts lined up, around 160 will be making their debut at Liverpool Music Week. Performing at over 50 events at various music haunts across the city.
As well as the huge number of artists making their LMW debuts, this year welcomes a selection of new Host Venues. Alma de Cuba a huge converted church found right at the heart of the city centre will play host to 3 stunning shows, including this year’s closing party – featuring a headline show from Candie Payne. Django’s Riff an underground jazz club has been a key contributor to the Liverpool scene this year, and will host the world music, & samba night. The main players in the gig circuit – Korova, Barfly, Zanzibar & Magnet – venues that continue to be the breeding ground for local talent are also part of this years LMW. On top of all the free shows, these venues will all be hosting paying shows that will offer even more variety to the LMW agenda.
Bumper will play the role as Main Host Venue which will house the majority of the excellent signed and unsigned acts over 7 consecutive nights, and will use the traditional double stage set up that has helped make this part of the festival so popular.
The Week Ahead.
Liverpool Music Week 2007 kicks off with the most ambitious Opening Weekend to date with 3 shows at the Carling Academy.
Kicking off on Thursday 29th November with Mercury Nominee’s New Young Pony Club and support from The Delta Fiasco, Ezra Band & Hot Machine. Tickets on sale now.
On Friday 30th November we welcome one of the headliners of The Great Escape festival – Good Shoes who join friends Hot Club de Paris in a joint headline show with John Kennedy who has championed both bands, and is XFM’s main pioneer of new music, John will suitably be making an appearance to host the night alongside support from local lads goFASTER>>.
A stonking Drum and Bass show rolls in on Saturday 1st December, bridging the gap between the old skool and the new skool sound and is without doubt one of the biggest Drum and Bass line up to hit Liverpool in years. Headlining and making their Liverpool debut are the electrifying Pendulum performing live, they will be joined by DJ Hype, Dillinja, The Breakfastaz and MC Tonn Piper. Tickets on sale now.
So take your pick from those three to get you in the mood for our huge agenda of free shows in the city, that all kicks off on Sunday 2nd December.
Main Host Venue – Bumper – opens its doors at 6pm and will run for 7 consecutive nights. The newly reformed Rascals will make their LMW debut, alongside The Spectres, The Fools and The Pedantics. If you can’t make it in here, then head over to Korova where Crystal Castles are headlining for six quid.
Monday 3rd December is back at Bumper, which will be hosting a night of Rockabilly, Scary Ska sounds, and Punked-up Rock. Zombina & the Skeletones play their first Liverpool Music Week show alongside Tommy Scott’s Drellas, and boogie on down to 50’s Rock and Roll outfit Furious.
Tuesday 4th December, LMW branches out, so get your winter coats out and be prepared to have a wander – It’s the festivals first night in Alma de Cuba with a haunting yet heart-warming folk set from Domino Records’ veteran James Yorkston & The Athletes. Local hero John Smith, who will be coming back fresh from his first headline tour, justly supports and plays his 5th Liverpool Music Week. Shack’s management present their latest capture Ivan Campo, & Gary Daly of China Crisis gives a performance from The Visionary Mindset Experience.
Up the road, veteran Host Venue, Bar Hannah starts its first of 3 consecutive nights with a progression of sounds showcasing the best in Liverpool’s alternative and versatile electronic ensembles. Opening with piano & strings and muffled beats and progressively culminating into a crescendo of beats, rock riffs and organised noise. This will be an amalgamation of live instruments and electronic trickery to fashion a dazzling, dramatic palette.
One of the best nights at the Main Host Venue, check out the performance from one of the most talked about bands from In The City – Noah & the Whale, who give their own interpretation of ‘new’ folk and set the theme for the night, also performing will be Elle S’appelle plus Indica Ritual & My Amiga. One of the cities most talked about Thrash Metal bands, SSS. Signed this year to Earache Records, the label’s title will tell you more about how you will walk away from this show – a performance that you have to see to believe.
Continuing the organised noisiness, on Wednesday 5th December The Magnet opens it’s doors for 4 consecutive nights starting tonight. Mugstar and LMW favourites Stig Noise Soundsystem – bring a cacophony of Kling Klang, Clatter, distortion and down right raucousness to the celebrations.
Just across the street, Bumper continues piling out 2 floors of fresh sounds. Dan le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip are back in town bringing a cohesion of block rocking beats and road blocking riffs. Fresh from playing Glastonbury and Electric Proms the mighty Riff Raff return, with local heroes The Vagabonds and The Hot Melts bringing the rock to the party.
Over in Hannahs Bar expect to see 2 floors of jazz sounds – downstairs the legendary Cushfoot are your hosts, while upstairs check out 6ix Toys.
Barfly opens up tonight and will be offering 2 rooms of all out rock and metal, Metro Manila Aide will headline the theatre with Multi Purpose Chemical coming off the back of a great year, this gig will also be the bands album launch party.
Alma de Cuba hosts one of the most anticipated free shows of the week. Dev from the dance rockers Test-Icicles has morphed into ‘the most unlikely hero of the country’ – Lightspeed Champion heads a bill of alternative folk and country with twists of pop, with Dev’s new best mates Eugene McGuinness and Emmy the Great supporting, Peter & The Wolf and The Sonic Hearts complete the bill with Liz Green who comes off the back of performing on the Pyramid Stage at is year’s Glastonbury festival.
For those of you wanting to finish the night with a dance, Django’s Riff starts its run of 4 shows with a night of live Samba and Latin beats.
Thursday 6th December, will see the first show staged at Aintree Pavilion with Hard Fi, with 2 number one selling albums under their belt…this will be a performance ‘hard to beat’. Tickets on sale now.
Back at Bumper expect a showcase of some of the finest electronic acts around. Friendly Fires will be delivering their Rapture-ish disco implosion with support from The Delta Fiasco, Melodie du Kronk and Deltasonic’s own Tigerpicks.
Over at Barfly check out electronic composer Dan Decon. He will head the bill alongside ‘novelty techno’ heads Partyshank.
Zanzibar hosts a great selection of Indie & Rock bands from the Liverpool circuit, as do Bar Hannah, while The Metropolitan opens it’s doors for the first time with a chunk of punk & new wave acts. Acoustic still rings from Parr Street for the 4th night on the trot, while Dragon offer an Under 18s Open Mic session.
Django’s Riff will be offering a huge chunk of Hip-Hop culture, complete with performances, from MCs, DJs, B-Boys and Live Graffiti artists. The merging of these forces will provide the staple diet for any hip hop enthusiast. A State of Mind – headline supported by Young Kof. Expect to hear everything from “old school” rhythmic rap to more melodic hip-hop fused with elements of jazz, classical, pop, reggae, and many other genres.
At city centre venue Korova local promoter Meshuggy turns 2 years old. What started as a small underground D.I.Y night has turned into Liverpool’s most respected independent live music showcase, specialising in Post-Punk, Electronica, obscure New Wave and Indie Rock,
The big one that everyone is talking about is on Friday 7th December when the Kaiser Chiefs headline Aintree Pavilion, this will no doubt be the penultimate gig of the whole week, don’t miss it. Tickets on sale now.
Back in the City head check out Bumper, take in the musical delights of The KBC and Freerunner, with The Alphites and 28 Costumes who will all be bringing the feel good party vibe to the night.
Over at Magnet, you’ll find exclusive beats to skank to and b-lines that make your chest cavity shudder. Its genre is dub-step which is the groundbreaking sound and scene that is sweeping the nation. Headliners Benga perform alongside some of the finest local heads from the scene. Expect this to be a dark, bassy and informal affair, attracting a diverse range of people from the cultural melting pot that is this city. If you like dark, heavyweight ‘riddims’, this night is for you.
Just round the corner Static Gallery has its first of two nights, with a great line-up of acoustic music.
And performing at the Metropolitan will be Record Collection’s signing The Cubical headlining, who make their LMW debut.
Korova celebrates Evol’s 4th Birthday with a screaming line-up of Who Made Who, Riton and of course one of the most hyped electro producers of the moment Kissy Sell Out.
Round the corner, Djangos Riff offers the finest in World Music. This will feature a mix of renowned musicians with sizzling African DJs in a night guaranteed to keep your feet moving. Expect master drummers fusing traditional native styles into 21st Century sounds creating combinations of varying musical forms. This will present a powerful blend of multi-cultural forms of entertainment on stage while the significance of the rhythms remains at the forefront.
Barfly again opens its doors tonight if you want to round your night off, or simply have a night off from live music and just want to dance away to DJs spinning the best indie, new wave, punk, trash & electro. This goes right through till 4am and again is free entry to those with an LMW brochure.
Saturday 8th December is here, and you’d better put on your pop pumps and ska-nking shoes as we take you ‘One Step Beyond’ on a 2tone ska revival journey and welcome you to the wonderful world of Madness up at Aintree Pavilion, ably supported by The Bees. Tickets on sale now.
Making a well timed Liverpool Music Week entrance whilst briefly exiting her Amy Winehouse support tour. The poptastic Remi Nicole has strummed her way to the forefront of the best generation of Nascent British pop upstarts since Britpop, and gives what will probably be one of her final ‘small’ venue appearances at Bumper before she hits the big time.
If this isn’t your bag and you like your music with a bit more bite, Liverpool’s finest DIY promoters, Thrashgig, roll into Korova bringing with them music to make your ears bleed! Local heroes Down and Outs celebrate their 2nd album release while Birmingham’s Johnny Foreigner add their chaotic four minute noise pop songs to the party.
Meanwhile,The Maybes? take over the Static Gallery for a special headline performance which will use the entire gallery space to project a 4 wall visual show for their first LMW set since 2005. This will be a very special show from one of Liverpool’s favourite bands, but space is going to be extremely limited, so be sure to get there early!
Over at The Magnet, local promoters Gold In The Shade loosen up the dancefloor with a heady musical molotov of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, and Latin beats provided by the meticulous beatsmith Quantic.
Django’s Riff offers an overload of binary beats with, scattered loops and tripped out riffs – electronic devices ready prepared to crash as once again! Be on alert for an all out assault of vision scaping sounds, aural distorting optics, with DNA Orchestra, Hive Collective & Zukanican providing a sensory satisfying scenario of multimedia mayhem.
We then go onto the Closing day, and if you’ve still got the energy you wont want to miss it!
Closing – Sunday 9th December
The Chemical Brothers headline Aintree Pavilion tonight, a show which is one of LMW hightlight shows. Tickets on sale now.
Zanzibar host a full day of live music from 2pm, bringing together a fine selection of Liverpool’s best bands including Ziroki, The Last Gambados, The Regimental & The Sums.
Alma de Cuba closes proceedings this year with a spectacular show to top all shows. Local darling Candie Payne headlines fresh from this year’s BBC Electric Proms. Visual & aural pleasures of Kinetic Fallacy will mesmerise you as will the dazzling slot from the Sense of Sound Accapella Choir who’ve been busy collaborating with some of the biggest names in music, and more recently performing on Damon Albarns Opera ‘Monkey’
Party music comes in the form of skiffle & ska kings Whiskycats, who are back for their 3rd year running, full on funk from Mama’s Gun, and the bright folk pop from The Loungs.
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