With the darker nights approaching, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald provides us with the best of what’s on offer in Liverpool’s autumn and winter gig calendar.
As summer begins to fade into the background and you hide your sunglasses away for another year, one of the busiest gig seasons of the year is set to hit us with all its might.
The scale and depth of what’s on offer over the next few months is enough to make even the most dedicated gig goer weak at the knees, but thankfully, Getintothis is there to aid you in your quest with our gig guide here to suit all your musical needs.
With both Liverpool Music Week and Liverpool Psych Fest both rightly gaining the attention of many – with the likes of John Carpenter and The Horrors on offer, why wouldn’t they – but away from these, there is an abundance of musical delights to cater to your needs and interests, with Liverpool Disco Fest and Liverpool Soul Fest to name but a few.
So, get your diaries at the ready and blast through our playlist, as we help you to plan your adventures over the next few months. And remember to let us know on Facebook and Twitter what your looking forward to the most, we may even have a competition or two for some of the gigs on offer.
Listener: The Buyers Club, September 1
Spoken word does not come more ferociously than in the dynamic three piece Listener, who head to the Buyers Club at the start of September. Originally an underground hip hop project, the group have blossomed into the lyrical assault weapon that they are today.
The Fatback Band: Philharmonic Hall, September 2
If there is one thing that Liverpool loves, its funk, and this September, funk lovers can rejoice in the presence of legends The Fatback Band, who head up to the Hope Street venue ready to fill it with their renowned take on street funk. Don’t forget your dancing shoes for this one.
Swmrs: Studio 2, September 2
Having released their hook rinsed debut LP Drive North earlier in the year, So-Cal surf punks Swmrs will be primed to flood Studio 2 with their exuberant rock antics. With the group renowned for their party antics, the roof is set to well and truly be blown off for this one.
Chas and Dave: St Georges Hall, September 3
This September some of you may want to climb up those apples and pears before there’s barney rubble, with cockney legends Chas and Dave set to bring a good old knees up to St Georges Hall. If this isn’t your thing, well there Ain’t No Pleasing You.
Animal Collective: O2 Academy, September 3
When Evol and Harvest Sun combine for an event, you know it’s going to be special. That is most certainly the case this September, when the experimental trio Animal Collective make a long awaited return to town in support of their latest album Painting With. Read our full preview here.
Professor Yaffle: The Scandinavian Church, September 3
Often described as a galactic collective of friends, exploring the boundaries of psych and pop, Professor Yaffle will head to the intimate settings of The Scandinavian Church showcasing their Pandora’s Box of influences. Expect the unexpected is an understatement.
Youngblood Brass Band: The Magnet, September 4
Hip hop, riot jazz pioneers Youngblood Brass Band will be creating an almighty clatter up at The Magnet this September, when the ten piece collective bring their army to the Hardman Street hideout. Flipping the classic New Orleans sound on its head, the group are true masters of their art.
Broken Brass Ensemble: Arts Club, September 6
Two brass bands in as many days? Yes, it would seem that brass is most definitely the order of the day for early September as Broken Brass Ensemble head to the Arts Club. The eight piece melt together Balkan sounds with funk and dance to make a sound like no other.
Barenaked Ladies: O2 Academy, September 7
Nearly three decades strong, cult Canadians Barenaked Ladies make a welcomed return to Liverpool this September, as they play the O2 Academy as part of their UK tour. With an army of fans worldwide, the alt rockers will be be hoping this goes off with a big bang.
The Blockheads: The Cavern, September 8
Nearly forty years in the business and still going strong, rockers The Blockheads will be ready to hit you with their rhythm stick this September, as they head down to The Cavern. Having continued to show their diversity since the tragic loss of former frontman Ian Drury, the group are most definitely a one of a kind act.
Eleanor Friedberger: Arts Club, September 8
Bring the latest chapter in her mesmerising career to Liverpool this Autumn, the magical Eleanor Friedberger plays a highly anticipated date at Seel Street venue The Arts Club. The indie – pop maestro is a rare delight you should not pass upon seeing. Read our full preview here.
Lowkey: 24 Kitchen Street, September 8
One of the best rappers in the UK is finally back, with Lowkey set to hit 24 Kitchen Street this September. A keen activist and inspirational lyricist, Lowkey will be returning from a four year hiatus, and if news single Ahmed is anything to go by, he means business.
The Enemy: O2 Academy, September 9
Now a decade old, Coventry trio The Enemy will head to Liverpool for the last time this Autumn, as they play the O2 Academy as part of their farewell tour. The indie rockers have long been firm favourites with many over the years, so expect this to be one hell of a party.
The Basement Effect: Arts Club, September 10
Celebrating the release of their debut EP, Young and The Same, retro rockers The Basement Effect will be heading to the Arts Club having made quite an impression at this years LIMF. With an abundance of promise in their hands, these are a group to keep an eye on.
The Sherlocks: Arts Club, September 15
Having played the venue six months earlier, Sheffield rockers The Sherlocks head back to the Arts Club later this year to play the big room. Still without a debut album to their name, they are more than capable of living up to the hype that surrounds them.
Gary Numan: Liverpool Olympia, September 16
The electro icon that is Gary Numan heads to the vast surroundings of Liverpool Olympia this Autumn, as he demonstrates why he is such an influential artist to so many. So gather your friends electric and head to this one for an early treat this season. Read our full preview here.
Roddy Woomble: Music Room, September 16
Former Idelwild frontman Roddy Woomble returns to Liverpool this September, when the Ayrshire singer comes to the Music Room to celebrate a decade since the release of his debut album, My Secret is my Silence. One of the most distinctive vocals in the UK in such intimate surroundings, should appeal to many a music lover.
Moon Hooch: Arts Club, September 17
Brooklyn trio Moon Hooch bring their own brand of Cave Music to the Arts Club next month, as they take to the Seel Street stage on their Liverpool debut. A dab hand at creating techno, jazz infused house at breakneck pace, they leave their impression on all who witness them.
Darma: The Brink, September 17
One of Liverpool’s best kept secrets, The Brink plays host to Manchesters grunge fuzz lovers Darma this September. Injecting a much needed dose of energy into our neighbours down the East Lancs, the trio are swiftly gaining a name for their super charged shows.
The Lottery Winners: Arts Club, September 18
Having signed up to Sire Records roster recently, Lancashire quartet The Lottery Winners will be kicking off their UK tour in Liverpool this Autumn, when they play the Arts Club. The four piece are being tipped for big things, with this a chance to see if they can deliver on the promise many have sent their way.
O.S.T.R: 24 Kitchen Street, September 18
The Baltic Triangle will be taking it up a notch later this year, when one of Poland’s finest rappers O.S.T.R descends on 24 Kitchen Street as part of his UK tour. Making his Liverpool debut, the freestyle artist is renowned for his ambitious lyrics and unique beats.
Deap Valley: Invisible Wind Factory, September 20
California rockers Deap Valley make their much anticipated return to our shores this September, when they head up North to play the Invisible Wind Factory. Having released their sophomore album days before this show, the duo will be primed to take this by the horns. Read our full preview here.
XamVolo: The Magnet, September 20
The continuing rise of XamVolo is a wonder to behold. Having played fantastic sets at Sound City and LIMF earlier in the year, his intriguing jazztronic grooves will be casting spells in The Magnet this Autumn as continues his meteoric rise.
Sundara Karma: Arts Club, September 21
Having smashed the roof off the Arts Club earlier in the year, indie rockers Sundara Karma return to the venue to take on the main room. If you have yet to see what all the fuss is about with the group, we would suggest you pay them a visit.
The Beat: The Magnet, September 21
Legendary ska collective The Beat make a much welcomed return to our fair city this September, as they head up to play the confined innards of The Magnet. With their first album in over thirty years also set for release, this is going to be one hell of a party. Read our full preview here.
KRS-One: Arts Club, September 22
His last visit to town is now the stuff of legend, so if you know whats good for you, we suggest that you make a date in your diary for the return of hip hop king KRS-One. Hitting the Arts Club this autumn, there is nothing quite like the show the rap maestro puts on. Read our full preview here.
Trash Boat: Studio 2, September 23
Pop punk quintet Trash Boat could quite possibly be the noisiest thing to have come from St Albans. Playing raw, emotive blasts of punk, the group are set to release their debut long player soon and take in a stop at Studio 2 this autumn as part of their UK tour.
Only Shadows: The Shipping Forecast, September 23
Making the quick trip up the M6, indie rockers Only Shadows are being tipped to take this year by storm. The four piece head to The Shipping Forecast this September as part of their debut headline tour, having only released their debut single Be Still a matter of weeks ago.
MiC Lowry: O2 Academy, September 23
Having been nominated for this years GIT Award, MiC Lowry take to the O2 Academy as part of their biggest UK tour to date. With the five piece vocal harmony group continuing to work their magic on the nations airwaves, this will be a triumphant homecoming for the quintet. Read our full preview here.
Prince Fatty: Constellations, September 23
Producer come reggae maestro, Mike Pelanconi aka Prince Fatty hits up the Baltic Triangle this September, to inject his futuristic twist on reggae. In the post Internet age, the southern groover is heralded as a pioneer in his field and will be a treat for all who come to this one.
Westerman: Arts Club, September 23
Fast rising London songwriter Westerman rolls into the Arts Club this Autumn, with the singers storytelling winning plaudits from all corners. Having released his debut EP earlier in the year, the young wordsmith is showing great promise with his take on modern folk. One to keep an eye on.
Sam Forrest: The Buyers Club, September 23
The frontman of rockers Nine Black Alps takes a break way from his bandmates this September, as Sam Forrest showcases his solo work at The Buyers Club as part of his UK tour. The prolific songwriter has gained plaudits for his off kilter indie unique cuts.
Oscar: Studio 2, September 24
Fresh from releasing his debut album Cut and Paste earlier this year, one of our pics for 2016 heads to Studio 2 later this year as Oscar roles into the intimate Parr Street venue. With a dash of Brit-pop fusing into his lofi goodness, the songsmith has melancholy in abundance. Read our full preview here.
Yousef: Arts Club, September 24
Celebrating their fourteenth birthday in style, the legend that is Circus will be blowing the roof off the Arts Club this September as Yousef heads up a whopper of a lineup. With Loco Dice, Patrick Topping and plenty more on offer, this is going to be one birthday they wont forget. Read our full preview here.
King No One: Arts Club, September 25
Hailing from the northern metropolis that is York, indie rockers King No One will be primed to smash the Arts Club upon their return to Liverpool later this autumn. Setting teen’s ears and hearts alight with their youthful exuberance, the group are bound to raise the roof when they come to town for this one.
The Magic Gang: Arts Club, September 26
With their stock continuing to rise, Brighton four piece The Magic Gang make a much anticipated return to town this autumn when they play head to the Arts Club. With their debut EP setting tongues wagging, the group are on an upward trajectory that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. Read our full preview here.
The Hunna: Arts Club, September 28
Making a stop at the Arts Club on their biggest tour to date, edgy quartet The Hunna return to our fair shores this Autumn in readiness of their debut long player. Having swelled the crowds at X&Y Festival earlier this year, the group are looking like something big in the making. Read our full preview here.
Paul Dunbar & The Black Winter Band: Leaf, September 28
This September, former The Midnight Rambler man Paul Dunbar releases his anticipated debut single Barely Holding On, with a special show at Leaf. Joining this Mellowtone show with Dunbar, will be his trusted and talented backing band The Black Winter Band as together they look to showcase the songwriters melodic driving fusions of rock and soul at the Bold Street venue.
Blood Youth: Studio 2, September 29
Ferocious foursome Blood Youth will be looking to rip up Studio 2 this Autumn as they come to Liverpool in support of their latest EP The Closure. The metal punks are barely a year old into their career, but having played rousing sets at the likes of Download, the group are showing true promise.
The Zutons: Mountford Hall, September 30
Following the tragic loss of Tramp Attack founder Kris Ealey, this Autumn will see modern day local legends The Zutons reform for a one off show to celebrate their friend’s life. The fundraiser is bound to be a sell out, so if you want to get the Zuton Fever don’t wait around. Read our full preview here.
The Membranes: The Magnet, September 30
Punk royalty will be making its way up Hardman Street this September, when the legendary group The Membranes take on The Magnet. The cult group will be looking to show why after nearly forty years, they are still more then capable of delivering the goods. Read our full preview here.
INHEAVEN: Studio 2, September 30
In what is quickly becoming their second home, London four piece INHEAVEN return to Liverpool this Autumn to play Studio 2 as part of their extensive UK tour. Having blasted Sound City this summer, the group are becoming a firm favourite round these parts and we expect a full house for this one. Read our full preview here.
The Jackobins: The Zanzibar, September 30
Having smashed Y Not Festival, the momentum is nothing short of astronomic for Liverpool indie rockers The Jackobins as they gear up for their homecoming show at The Zanzibar this Autumn. With a date at Leeds Festival before this, the group will be poised to hit this own hard.
Natalie McCool: The Buyers Club, October 1
Having played in living rooms up and down the country of late, Liverpool lass Natalie McCool heads back home to Liverpool this October as she plays The Buyers Club. The show will come at the end of a huge UK tour for the songstress in support of her latest album The Great Unknown. Read our full preview here.
Akala: Arts Club, October 3
Celebrating ten years since his game changing debut long player, Akala returns to Liverpool to kick off his UK tour in style when he plays the Arts Club this October. The politically charged hip hop artist has long been a firm favourite with those in the know and this is one not to miss out if you haven’t witnessed his powers. Read our full preview here.
Pinegrove: Studio 2, October 4
New Jersey rockers Pinegrove hit up Studio 2 this autumn, as they come to town in support of their debut long player Cardinal. The groups captivating blend of indie, pop and country are winning them numbers with each passing day, so expect this one to be a busy affair. Read our full preview here.
Broncho: The Magnet, October 4
Fresh from Oklahoma, indie rock quartet Broncho head to The Magnet this October in support of their third album. With their love for all things raw and fuzzy, the Hardman Street sweat box will be the perfect venue for their antics.
Ne Obliviscaris: Arts Club, October 5
With a name that translates into forget not from Latin, chances are anyone that gets to see Ne Obliviscaris at the Arts Club this autumn will definitely not be forgetting them in a hurry. The six piece Australian prog metal behemoth are renowned for their stage show, so expect this to live long in your memory.
Meilyr Jones: Leaf, October 5
Following a swell of plaudits for his debut LP 2013, Meilyr Jones returns to our city this October to make the step up to Leaf having played a blinding set last time at Studio 2. If you have yet to witness the powers this man possesses, we would strongly suggest you head down to this one. Read our full preview here.
NGOD: The Magnet, October 5
Making their second visit to Liverpool this year, the mysterious wonder of NGOD makes a much welcomed return to The Magnet this autumn. With the group capable of delivering a super charged set of manic ferocity, this is well worth keeping an eye on.
Steve Mason: Arts Club, October 6
Here’s hoping its second time lucky for the former Beta Band man Steve Mason, as he return to Liverpool this October to play the Arts Club. With his set sadly not even getting off the ground at FestEvol this year, there is real anticipation for this one. Read our full preview here.
His Clancyness: The Shipping Forecast, October 7
From Canada via Italy, Johnny Clancy brings his solo project His Clancyness to The Shipping Forecast later this year, as they crank up support for their debut long player Vicious. Filled with dreamy, glam rock the group deliver a fuzzy lo-fi punch that shudders your core.
Explosions In The Sky: Philharmonic Hall, October 9
Post rock legends Explosions In The Sky make their highly anticipated return to Liverpool this autumn, as the group play the stunning surroundings of the Philharmonic Hall. Having not come to these parts in well over a decade, this one has been in many peoples minds for a long time. Read our full preview here.
All Tvvins: The Shipping Forecast, October 9
Having blown minds and melted faces at Liverpool Music Week last year, with their breathtaking synth pop, Dublin duo All Tvvins return to town this year when they hit The Shipping Forecast. With their debut IIVV set to drop anytime now, the group will be looking to build upon their already bustling reputation.
Pity Sex: Studio 2, October 9
American shoegazing is the theme of the day at Studio 2 this October, when Pity Sex head up to the Parr Street venue as part of their UK tour. The Michigan quartet are fresh from releasing their third long player earlier in the year, so expect to hear plenty of new ones at this. Read our full preview here.
All Saints: O2 Academy, October 11
Arguably the most credible of all the girl bands that seemed to sprout up during the 90s, All Saints make a stop off at Liverpool’s O2 Academy as part of their UK tour this autumn. With this being their first full tour in fifteen years, there will be plenty wondering if it was worth the wait. Read our full preview here.
Lloyd Cole: Epstein Theatre, October 11
A master of making perfect pop is indeed a rare delight that you shouldn’t let pass you by, so when Lloyd Cole heads to the Epstein Theatre this year, chances are this will be a sell out long before this guide even see’s the light of day. If you haven’t got a ticket, you missed out. Read our full preview here.
Jamie T: Liverpool Olympia, October 13
Having smashed Mountford Hall and The Kazimier, Jamie T will be more than capable of hitting Liverpool Olympia with all his swagger this autumn. The Cockney troubadour will be looking to play tracks from his latest album Trick but expect plenty favourties too. Read our full preview here.
The Shimmer Band: The Buyers Club, October 13
Bristol upstarts The Shimmer Band will roll into town this October, as the group head up to play The Buyers Club on their monstrous UK tour. Having blitzed the festival circuit this summer, the quartet will be more than ready for this. Read our full preview here.
The Hyena Kill: Arts Club, October 13
The two headed beast that is The Hyena Kill will be hoping to decimate the innards of the Arts Club later this year, as the Manchester due head across to play in celebration of their debut release. With their DIY persona resonating through to their live performances, this is going to be a heavy one.
Ward Thomas: Arts Club, October 14
Swiftly becoming recognised as one of the most talented artists in British country music today, the duo of Ward Thomas make a welcomed appearance at the Arts Club later this year. The twin sisters are right at the forefront of a diverse revolution within the country scene and should be a real highlight for those in the know. Read our full preview here.
The Divine Comedy: St Georges Hall, October 14
No need to take the National Express this October, as Divine Comedy are dropping into the beautiful surroundings of St Georges Hall this autumn. With the group continuing their resurgence following the release of their eleventh album earlier in the year, this is the perfect setting for Mr Hannon and his bandmates. Read our full preview here.
Gorgon City: O2 Academy, October 14
Dance heads will be racing to get their tickets for the dynamic pair Gorgon City this autumn, as they make a stop off in town on their biggest tour to date. Fresh from their residency in Ibiza, the garage house due will make sure they get the O2 Academy moving. Read our full preview here.
Demob Happy: The Buyers Club, October 14
In what is a busy night for music in Liverpool, grunge psych four piece Demob Happy hit The Buyers Club later this year. The Newcastle come Brighton quartet will appeal to anyone who likes their tunes loud, fast and with some venom.
The Travelling Band: The Magnet, October 14
At one point describing themselves as “folk noir”, Mancunian indie folk group The Travelling Band make the trip down the M62 later this year to play The Magnet. The five piece folk juggernaut are firmly a corner stone of the Manchester modern music scene. If you have yet to pay them a visit, don let this one slide.
Field Studies: The Shipping Forecast, October 15
Nottinghamshire four piece Field Studies will be playing the belly of The Shipping Forecast this October, as they look to build upon their rapidly growing reputation. The ambient art rock group are hooking people in left, right and center with their sounds, so expect a few bodies for this one. Read our full preview here.
The Magnetic North: Central Library, October 16
Having almost single handily injected a new lease of life into Skelmersdale with their magnificent second album, The Magnetic North become the latest group to play the spectacular surroundings of Central Library this October. Easily one of this months highlights. Read our full preview here.
Black Foxxes: Arts Club, October 17
South west trio Black Foxxes return to Liverpool this autumn, as the noise mongers play the Arts Club as part of their UK tour. With the groups debut set to drop this month, the threesome are filled with snarling riffs and enough screams to make your hairs stand on end.
MØ: Arts Club, October 18
In part responsible for one of the biggest selling songs of recent years, Danish pop pixie MØ will be making her Liverpool debut at the Arts Club this October. Described as electro with guts, the singer will be playing plenty of her latest cuts as she gears up to the release of her sophomore album this year. Read our full preview here.
Beach Baby: Studio 2, October 18
London four piece Beach Baby are just the jolt of sunshine that you need as the colder nights start to arrive, so make sure you get warmed up by their charms this October when they play Studio 2. With their debut released the month earlier, this post punk power punch is ready to hit hard.
CC Smugglers: Studio 2, October 19
Working their way up from playing street corners to some of the biggest stages in the world, is no mean feat. But that is exactly what the captivating talents of sextet CC Smugglers have done. With their contemporary twist on folk winning plenty of plaudits, you can see what the fuss is about at Studio 2 this October.
Scott Fagan: Music Room, October 19
Heading to the Music Room this October with his classic album South Atlantic Blues, Scott Fagan was at one point tipped to be the psych-folk version of Elvis. Fifty years on and in some circles many would say Fagan is the true King in his arena. Read our full preview here.
We Are Scientists: Arts Club, October 19
Hitting the Arts Club as part of their extensive UK tour this Autumn, We Are Scientists will have all the tools to make an almighty clatter on their return to town. Five albums in and over a decade in the game, the duo show no signs of slowing yet. Read our full preview here.
You Me At Six: Mountford Hall, October 19
They’ve come a long way since they tore up Sound City many moons ago, with You Me At Six now selling stadiums out worldwide and topping the charts too. This October, the Surrey rockers return to Liverpool as part of their UK theatre tour in a rare treat for fans of the group.
Heaven 17: O2 Academy, October 20
Kicking off a very special celebratory tour this October in celebration of their seminal album Penthouse and Pavement turning 35, Heaven 17 will make a highly anticipated appearance at the O2 Academy this year. The 80’s icons are going to make this one very special. Read our full preview here.
Drowners: Studio 2, October 20
Having released their sophomore album to a wave of praise earlier in the year, indie rock quartet Drowners make a stop at Studio 2 on their UK tour this October. Having blitzed Coachella recently, the lads will be more then ready for this. Read our full preview here.
Johnny Dowd: Drop the Dumbells, October 20
Alt country hero Johnny Dowd makes a much welcomed and very rare appearance at Drop the Dumbells this Autumn, with his experimental workings bringing a whole different perspective on the genre. A true Maverick of his field, this will be one hell of a midweek treat.
Four Tops and The Temptations: Echo Arena, October 21
Liverpool and Motown are swiftly becoming musical brother and sister, with the latest set of legends to visit us coming in the form of the iconic Four Tops and The Temptations. If you want to see musical legends, then get two for the price of one at this whopper. Read our full preview here.
Lisa Hannigan: Arts Club, October 21
The phenomenal vocal talents of Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan make a much welcome return to Liverpool later this year, when she plays the Arts Club in support of her new album At Swim. Described as her darkest offering to date, her vocals are otherworldly at times.
Blue Rose Code: Philharmonic Hall, October 21
This October, one of Scotland’s finest modern musicians makes a much welcomed return to Liverpool, when Blue Rose Code breezes into the Philharmonic Hall in support of his new album And Lo! The Bird Is On The Wing. Should this be anything like his last time in town, you better make sure you get a ticket.
The Wicked Whispers: The Buyers Club, October 21
Psychedelic offerings don’t get much better then the sublime cuts that The Wicked Whsipers are able to deliver, with seemingly effortless ease. The group will be making a homecoming appearance at The Buyers Club later this year, with plenty of heads set to be at this one.
The Hummingbirds: Arts Club, October 22
With their new album released earlier in the year, The Hummingbirds will have the Arts Club in their sights as they play a homecoming show at the Seel Street venue. Having gone down a storm at Liverpool Loves this summer, this could well be a sell out.
Lady Leshurr: O2 Academy, October 22
Arguably the new queen of the British rap game, Lady Leshurr is already taking this year by storm with her debut album one of the most anticipated of the year. With Liverpool’s love for hip hop continuing to grow, the rapper kicks off her tour in the O2 Academy this October. Read our full preview here.
Teleman: Leaf, October 22
Having blossomed from their acclaimed debut album to the tour de force shown on their recent release, Teleman return to Liverpool this year to play Leaf as part of their UK tour. The four piece bring smooth melodies of synth goodness that will get you grooving all through the night. Read our full preview here.
Robyn Hitchcock: Philharmonic Hall, October 22
A true master of psychedelia comes to the Philharmonic Hall this October, when Robyn Hitchcock heads to the Hope Street venue. Having been a legend in the scene for decades, this will prove a popular night in the stunning hall. Read our full preview here.
The Bay Rays: The Shipping Forecast, October 22
Filled with enough noise to fill the whole of Slater Street, never mind The Shipping Forecast, Kent rockers The Bay Rays are wowing plenty with their ferocious tracks. Thrilling guitars and catchy beats aplenty are delivered at breakneck pace from the off with his lot.
Midge Ure: The Epstien Theatre, October 23
From his highly influential work with Ultra Vox to being the brains behind Live Aid, Scottish musical legend Midge Ure heads to the Epstein Theatre this October. With a career spanning over four decades, the songsmith will be playing an array of his works as part of his Something from Everything tour.
Loudon Wainwright III: Philharmonic Hall, October 23
In a busy night up Hope Street, the poet and folk legend Loudon Wainwright III will be demonstrating why he is rightly seen as an icon in his field when he plays the Philharmonic Hall this Autumn. With his twenty sixth album released earlier in the year, his work rate puts plenty a younger artist in the shade.
Damien Dempsey: Music Room, October 23
Heralded as one of his country’s greatest singer songwriters, Damien Dempsay plays the intimate surrounding of the Music Room this Autumn. In a real treat for lovers of folk music, the Dublin man will be playing cuts from his latest offering No Force On Earth, a celebration of the Easter Rising.
Slow Club: The Magnet, October 25
Always ones to count on for laying down a humdinger of a show, Sheffield duo Slow Club return to Liverpool this October, as they play The Magnet. With the group having released their fourth long player recently, expect plenty of new tunes at this one.
Yak: O2 Academy, October 26
Rapidly becoming firm favourites around these ways, London trio Yak head back to Liverpool this Autumn to play the O2 Academy as part of their biggest tour to date. With their debut out earlier in the year, the group are on an upward trajectory with no signs of slowing down the pace. Read our full preview here.
Sleaford Mods: Mountford Hall, October 28
Playing to one of the biggest crowds at this years Sound City, rebel rousers Sleaford Mods continue their love affair with Liverpool this Autumn when they return to play Mountford Hall. With the duo never bringing a dull moment wherever they may be, this is going to be a bustling night. Read our full preview here.
Glass Animals: O2 Academy, October 28
Oxford indie psych heads Glass Animals make a highly anticipated appearance at the O2 Academy this Autumn, with many folk tipping the quartet for big things. If their new album is anything to go by, those people may just be right. Read our full preview here.
The Voodoo Ball: Invisible Wind Factory, October 29
The annual extravaganza that is The Voodoo Ball, heads to its new home this year as its brings its carnival goings on to the Invisible Wind Factory. This years installment is entitled Return to Afrotopia, which tells the story of a self-destructing world, in which civil order has broken down and violence is rife.
The Specials: Liverpool Olympia, October 29
Always a pleasure, never a chore, The Specials are one of the most loved bands around, having played town regularly since their reformation. They return to play the Olympia for the third time this October and we have no doubts this will be a capacity show for the two tone legends. Read our full preview here.
Horse Meat Disco: The Merchant, October 29
No one quite throws a party like Horse Meat Disco, who will be ready to take things up another level this Autumn when they play The Merchant. From punk funk, house, electro to techno, a full spectrum of bangers will be on offer at this one.
Anna Meredith: Central Library, October 29
One of our picks to snare a Mercury Prize will be showing her skills at Central Library this October, when Anna Meredith rolls into the grandiose fountain of knowledge. Her ambient electronic compositions are jaw dropping at times.
The Asylum: Newsham Park & O2 Academy, October 29
Cocoon parties are the stuff of legends and this year they will be putting on a double header of deadly deck delights as The Asylum hits Newsham Park with the party continuing to the O2 Academy till the wee hours. If there is one place to celebrate Halloween, it’s here. Read our full preview here.
Augustines: O2 Academy, October 31
Fresh from headlining Dot to Dot Festival earlier this summer, Augustines return to Liverpool later this year, when they make a stop at the O2 Academy this October. With this the final date of the Brooklyn trios tour, they will make sure they go out with a bang. Read our full preview here.
KT Tunstall: O2 Academy, November 1
This November, Scottish Ivor Novello winner KT Tunstall heads to the O2 Academy in support of her fifth album, which is due to be released later this year. Having released her latest EP Golden State earlier this year, the singer songwriter continues to win over fans both old and new with her take on modern day pop.
High Tyde: Arts Club, November 4
The infectious sounds of Brighton quartet High Tyde make a much anticipated stop off at the Arts Club later this year, as they come to town in November having released their latest EP Safe earlier in the year. Having proved one of the highlights for many at this years Great Escape festival, the group are not resting on their laurels and we wouldn’t be surprised to see this one be a full house.
Cabbage: The Magnet, November 4
Mancunian upstarts Cabbage want to get inside people’s heads and scrape their feet on the way out and are sure to do just that when they hit The Magnet this Autumn. Half mod grooves and an attitude to match, this night is gonna have a real kick to it.
Van Morrison: Philharmonic Hall, November 7-9
Not one, but three nights are on offer for fans of Van Morrison at the Philharmonic Hall this November, with each one more then likely to sell out. With his first new songs in four years being released this September, expect to hear them in the flesh at these nights. Read our full preview here.
The Wailers: O2 Academy, November 8
The Wailers remain arguably the world’s premier reggae and world music group, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in their positive vibes should not readily be passed over. The group are playing Legend in its entirety this Autumn at O2 Academy. Be there. Read our full preview here.
Ren Harvieu and Romeo Stodart: Arts Club, November 11
Salford songstress Ren Harvieu teams up with Magic Numbers man Romeo Stodart at the Arts Club this Autumn, as they play the venue as part of their UK tour. With the duo playing both songs from their own backgrounds as well as their recent collaborative efforts, this will be a rare gem.
Peaches: Invisible Wind Factory, November 11
Quite possibly, the most anticipated show of the whole year. The uniquely gifted Peaches makes her long awaited and long over due Liverpool debut this November, when she play the befitting Invisible Wind Factory. If you haven’t got a ticket for this, then we don’t know why. Read our full preview here.
Jack Garrat: Mountford Hall, November 12
One man musical maestro and the latest darling of the BBC Sound Of list, Jack Garrat returns to Liverpool this November to try and deliver upon the hype surrounding him. With a chart topping album and plenty of followers, his gig at Mountford Hall will be packed. Read our full preview here.
Steve Gunn: Music Room, November 15
Finally making his Liverpool bow, Steve Gunn heads to the Music Room this Autumn with plenty awaiting his arrival. With his delicate twisting Americana endearing him to a raft of fans, this could be a busy night to say the least. Read our full preview here.
Applewood Road: Arts Club, November 16
Three part vocal harmonies don’t sound much better then that of American three piece Applewood Road, who will be demonstrating their prowess at the Arts Club this Autumn. Having released the eponymous debut this year, they are a true testament to their magnificent songwriting.
Wallis Bird: Leaf, November 16
Wild and unpredictable are just two words to describe two time Irish Meteor Award winner Wallis Bird, who makes a stop at Leaf this November. From fragile to captivating in the blink of an eye, her tiny frame should not fool you into a false sense of security.
Black Grape: O2 Academy, November 17
Electronic funk rockers Black Grape head to the O2 Academy this November, as they return to Liverpool to celebrate 21 years since the release of their debut album. Safe to say, this will be one party not to miss. Read our full preview here.
The Vapors: Arts Club, November 18
The Arts Club will be Turning Japanese this November, when new wave legends The Vapors head to Seel Street as part of a small UK tour. With the group having been inactive for over thirty years, this is a rare chance to see the group that should not be passed upon.
Crystal Fighters: O2 Academy, November 18
Crystal Fighters return to Liverpool later this year, when the phenomenal six piece wrap up their UK tour by hitting the O2 Academy in November. With their live show blowing minds with their phenomenal displays, we fully expect this one to be a sell out. Read our full preview here.
Lordi: The Krazyhouse, November 18
Not to be confused with the pint sized singer from the Southern Hemisphere, Finnish metal heads Lordi head to The Krazyhouse later this year as part of their Autumn tour in support of their new album. Having miraculously won the Eurovision Song Contest ten years ago, the group are legends in their homeland and this is bound to be a night that will live long in your memory if you get down to it.
The Low Anthem: Leaf, November 18
The anticipation is building for the return of The Low Anthem who head back to Liverpool this Autumn to play Leaf. Following their last appearance in The Kazimier going down as the stuff of legend, the group will be playing to a capacity crowd for this one. Read our full preview here.
Kristin Hersh: Music Room, November 19
The multitalented songstress Kristin Herch plays a very special date at the Music Room this November, when she takes in the Hope Street venue as part of her UK tour. With over twenty albums of material to choose from, she will light up the darkest of nights. Read our full preview here.
Jess Glynne: Echo Arena, November 20
Arguably one of the biggest artists in UK pop right now, Jess Glynne will head to the Echo Arena as part of her biggest tour to date this Autumn. With several chart topping singles and a number one album, she has proved more the. Capable of taking on the world on her own terms.
Toy: The Magnet, November 24
With album number three on the way, Toy make a highly anticipated return to Liverpool this Autumn as part of their UK tour. With over two years since their last appearance in our parts, the quintet of rockers will be looking to hit The Magnet hard. Read our full preview here.
Nick Harper & The Wilderness Kids: Arts Club, November 25
This November will see a rare tour by singer songwriter Nick Harper together with a full band as he joins up with The Wilderness Kids to play the Arts Club in support of his latest release The Wilderness Years. Son of the legendary musician Roy Harper, the songsmith is renowned for his dazzling acoustic performances, so a chance to see him together with a full group should not be missed.
West African Blues: Music Room, November 30
Having wowed the crowds at Sefton Park last year with their unique blend of styles, West African Blues will make a much welcomed appearance at Music Room this Autumn. If you want a treat before the colder nights truly hit, this is it.
Emmy The Great: Arts Club, December 2
Heralding the start of Winter, Emmy The Great will be casting her dreamlike spell over the Arts Club this December as she heads to town as part of her UK tour. With her latest album Second Love showing her talents continuing to reach new heights, this will prove a popular choice with many. Read our full preview here.
The Vibrators: The Magnet, December 2
UK punk royalty will be tearing up The Magnet this December, when The Vibrators head to the Hardman Street venue as part of their UK tour. Now four decades into their career, the group of rockers will ensure they celebrate forty years together tin style.
Seth Lakeman: Philharmonic Hall, December 6
One of Britains most cherished folk artists returns to Liverpool this winter, when Seth Lakmen heads up to the Philharmonic Hall in support of his eighth album Ballads Of The Broken Few. The album will see Lakemen team up with rising folk trio Wildwood Kin, who will also be joining the Dartmoor man on the night as he continues to challenge his ways into new musical realms.
The Wedding Present: O2 Academy, December 6
With their new album heralding their return to fine form, The Wedding Present continue their epic touring schedule by taking in a stop at the O2 Academy this winter. Three years has passed since their last time in town, so expect plenty of heads to be at this one. Read our full preview here.
Richard Ashcroft: Echo Arena, December 7
New album, new haircut, same swagger. Northern singer songwriting legend Richard Ashcroft returned to our ears earlier this year with his new album These People. Still regarded as one of the finest song writers of our times, the Wiganer heads to the Echo Arena this December. Read our full preview here.
Ocean Colour Scene: Liverpool Olympia, December 9
Dont worry we haven’t gone all the way back to the 90s. This December, Ocean Colour Scene continue their love affair with Liverpool as they celebrate the anniversary of their seminal Moseley Shoals album reaching twenty years old, with a date at the Olympia. Read our full preview here.
Hooton Tennis Club: Invisible Wind Factory, December 9
The prodigal sons return this December, when Hooton Tennis Club wrap up their massive UK tour with one hell of a homecoming show at the Invisible Wind Factory. With album number two out later this year, the boys will be playing to a capacity crowd up at the north dock venue. Read our full preview here.
The Coral: Liverpool Olympia, December 10
With The Coral releasing one of the albums of the year, headlining Sound City and delivering one of the sets of the summer at the same time, it was a given that when they announced they would be playing the Olympia this Winter, chances are it would sell out. Well it will, so be there. Read our full preview here.
Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats: Arts Club, December 10
Doomish stoner goodness comes to Liverpool this December, when Cambridge quartet Uncle Acid and The Deadbeats head to the Arts Club. Having played a wave of festivals all over the globe this summer, the group will be poised to make this one hell of a night. Read our full preview here.
Kula Shaker: O2 Academy, December 14
Well if everyone else is, then why shouldn’t Kula Shaker join in the vast number of 90’s acts to return to our city. The Eastern psych quartet will be heading to the O2 Academy to celebrate the release of their debut album K turning twenty this December. Read our full preview here.
The Mouse Outfit: Arts Club, December 16
Manchester hip hop army The Mouse Outfit will be throwing their slick combinations of piercing samples and fiendish beats together up at Seel Street this winter, as they take to Arts Club.
The nine piece group produce high energy shows that match the electric charge they create in their fused cuts and will be one of the nights of the winter for Liverpool’s hip hop heads to be at.