Before the mince pies and mulled wine are devoured, Getintothis’ Craig MacDonald implores you to enjoy one final week of gigs this year.
With the office parties and tree well and truly trimmed, you would think that there would be little time to fit the odd gig or two in.
Well think again, for this week you can find plenty of early presents hidden in some of Liverpool’s venues, from all out legends, to Britpop revivals and some of the brightest new talent around, we have you covered on all fronts.
So put that mince pie down, turn our playlist up and come see whats in store this week. Remember, we also have our Festive Guide to help with your Christmas and New Year plans.
Kula Shaker: O2 Academy, December 14
Yes, you read that right, Kula Shaker are back and are set to play their first date in Liverpool for years this week, as they continue the celebrations of twenty years since their debut album K.
Following a six year hiatus, they have returned to the fold this year with their latest release K 2.0, with plenty of their fans lapping up their resurrection.
Badly Drawn Boy: Arts Club, December 15
It would seem that anniversaries are most definitely the flavour of the week, as the Arts Club plays host to the latest stop on Badly Drawn Boy‘ tour in celebration of his debut LP being 15 years old.
With The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, Damon Gough created arguably one of the most deserved albums to have won the Mercury Prize. This will be special.
Martha Reeves and The Vandellas: Hangar 34, December 15
Motown royalty will be gracing the streets of the Baltic Triangle this week, when Martha Reeves and The Vandellas head to Hangar 34.
It may well be the midst of December but the diva will be causing her own heatwave at one of the newest venues around.
The Shipbuilders: EBGBS, December 15
The underground sanctuary of EBGBS will play host to The Shipbuilders this week, with the quartet celebrating the release of their debut EP.
Having won scores of new fans to their Mersey soaked sounds, they will be joined by the talent show of The JJohns and Mel Bowen for a true midweek gem.
James Yorkston: The Magnet, December 15
Heading up to Hardman Street this week, Scottish singer songwriter and all round modern day marvel James Yorkston makes a stop at The Magnet this Thursday.
With a career spanning over a decade and cherished by many for his songwriting prowess, the Fife man will cast his spell on all who are lucky to get to this one.
The Mouse Outfit: Arts Club, December 16
Hip hop heads can enjoy one final bash this year, when The Mouse Outfit head up to the Arts Club this Friday to bring their unique cuts to town.
The nine piece blend jazz, funk and reggae into their twisted take on hip hop and create a sound like no other. Support on this one comes from The Blowback Horns.
Blankets: Frederiks, December 18
If you want to see what the best of experimental and electronic music from Liverpool sounds like, then Frederiks is the place to be this week.
An array of artists including Polypores, Lo Five, Germanger and much more will help to launch Blankets with all proceeds going to The Whitechapel Centre. A worthy cause with a fantastic lineup? Why wouldn’t you go.
Before you reach for mulled wine, there is stillness all this lot in our Getintothis gigbites:
- New Atlas play Brooklyn Mixer on December 13
- Human League play Philharmonic Hall on December 14
- Spinn play Studio 2 on December 15
- Embrace play Liverpool Olympia on December 15
- The Isrights play 24 Kitchen Street on December 16
- Denio play The Shipping Forecast on December 17
- Cast play the O2 Academy on December 16 and 17
- The Real People play Hangar 34 on December 16
- Space play Arts Club on December 17
- Rod Stewart plays the Echo Arena on December 18
Upcoming events to keep an eye on
Louis Berry: Sound Control, Manchester, March 30
We know this is in Manchester, but in Louis Berry the spirit of Liverpool thrives. Having released his latest single Restless recently, the one time GIT Award One to Watch winner has announced a small UK tour in the new year with hopefully a taste of some new tracks too.