BONG BONG! Day Two of Liverpool Sound City is seriously good. Not only has Getintothis lured a home favourite but we’ve the hottest new band and NME favourites on our bill. Oh, and we’re on a conference panel. Busy? Just a bit. BONG BONG!
WHAT. A DAY. And night.
Ready, to go again? Youbetcha.
Today is Getintothis overload, beginning with Liverpool’s most on it new band Outfit featuring on Getintothis‘ showcase night while supporting mersey faves Clinic at the Bombed Out Church (9.30pm), showing off their mysterious art-rock skills for all and sundry. who’ll be
There’s bound to be quite a clamour for this one, especially if Outfit’s performance at the recent Fiesta Obscenic was anything to go by.
The Bido Lito! Magazine party at Static Gallery also features a top Fiesta performer, with Wave Machines heading a quality bill. Colourmusic, Mazes, The Wild Eyes and The Lucid Dream just shouldn’t be missed, so get your running shoes on to make sure you catch them all.
Boyfriend-girlfriend act Cults are just one of many highlights at the Masque Theatre tonight, their lo-fi, scuzzy garage rock fitting perfectly with the rest of the Black Lips undercard, as well as just plainly being fucking amazing.
The American invasion continues down at the O2 Academy, with San Fran pop-punkers Set Your Goals turning things a bit hardcore. Willy Mason is on hand at the Zanzibar to return things to an even level, his acoustic country folk coming right out of the top drawer. *Interesting pop fact* – Willy Mason and Bido Assistant Editor Chris Torpey share the same date of birth. He must be good!
The night’s stand out show to hole up in takes place at the Kazimier, with Drowned In Sound presenting a quality line up headed up by Three Trapped Tigers and Kurt Vile. With Pop Levi, Tall Ships, Entrepreneurs, and Bido faves Owls* also on the bill it looks like being another packed out night at the Kaz. I’d recommend getting in there early, as you wouldn’t want to be stuck outside as Kurt rips the place apart.
If conferencing is what rocks your boat then today has some belters in store for you, building on yesterday’s efforts. Bella Union co-founder Simon Raymonde will be hosting the keynote speech on record labels, with input from Midlake’s Eric Pulido, ahead of his performance in the Bella Union Showcase tomorrow.
I’ll be joining Bido Lito ed Craig Pennington at the conferences as he interviews Bill Harry (Merseybeat) for what will be a fascinating conversation about the current plight of physical media, and taking part in the Going Deaf For A Living panel, which will discuss the changing role of the music promoter in today’s musical jungle.
For my part, it’ll be a newsnight-style discussion on new music huddled round a jukebox discussing what’s hot and what’s not.
There is a host of other shows, discussions and exhibitions on across the city during the day, we recommend you delve in and see what tickles your fancy – see you out there!
*Pick up your copy of the Liverpool Sound City Daily Bido Lito! now for some exclusive interviews with tonight’s headliners, including a feature on flower-punk mayhem men The Black Lips, and Q&As with Zeus and Kurt Vile. Ahead of their headline gig tonight, Clinic’s Ade has penned a Guest Editorial, and there is an extensive selection of reviews from last night’s gigs, along with the usual listings and important festival information.