Reporting from his sun lounger on the Costa Del Walton, Getintothis’ David Hall brings us up to date with this week’s gig goings on.
We’re conscious in the Gig Guide that we often use sporting events as signposts throughout the year. What if you’re not into sport, we worry. What if we’re alienating a large part of our audience here? Stuff like this keeps us up at night, you know.
Well excuse us, how else are we meant to keep a common, collective track of the year’s progression? Seasons and sundials? Sessions in parliament? Solstices and equinoxes? Do us a favour.
So you know what’s coming… we can’t believe it’s Wimbledon fortnight already! Yes, the season where everyone gives a massive and sudden shit about tennis, the thwock of bat and ball are all pervading and strawberries are consumed by the bushel, or the pack, or… whatever.
But when the sun goes down – which it seems to at about ten to midnight lately – it’s time to put on the night moves. Here’s plenty to keep you busy even if rain stops play. Is that a tennis reference or a cricket reference? We don’t even know anymore.
Insert “gig, set, match”-based pun here to close.
Roger Waters: Echo Arena, Monday July 2
As part of his Us + Them tour, Waters is bound to (ahem) dip in (ahthankyou) to his back catalogue of big hits. Expect Comfortably Numb, Another Brick In The Wall, The Great Gig In The Sky, and some stringent views on the state of Israel as an encore.
Siobhan Wilson: 81 Renshaw, Friday July 6
Scottish indie-folkster Siobhan Wilson is a hard tourer. She’s no stranger to a Liverpool stage. She last appeared on Merseyside – on this exact stage in fact – late last year.
Caribbean Music Festival: District, Friday July 6
Following Africa Oyé not too long ago and in the same week celebrating Irish and Arabic arts, we get a Caribbean Music Festival right here in the Baltic Triangle. Is there anything that Liverpool can’t do as a multicultural city?
This event over in District showcases Soca and Bashment music styles. They’re prominent sounds in the Caribbean, so whether you’re familiar with them or not, they’re set to soundtrack this one day mini festival. It’s to be set out in a battle style, with DJs playing their cuts for a select time, before the crowd decide who won the round. Sounds like a winner to us!The SoapGirls: North Shore Troubadour, Saturday July 7
French-born, Cape Town-based punk-pop two piece The SoapGirls are comprised of sisters Millie and Mie Debray. The North Shore Troubadour hosts their show this week with glam rockers INDYA and Raised By Wolves in support.
It promises to be a provocative night out from a band who were once non-consensually doused in fake blood onstage in Hastings. The landlord of their gig venue took exception to The SoapGirls and sanctioned the act, going on to call them “sluts” on social media. Delightful sounding fucker.Myles Kennedy: O2 Academy, Saturday July 7
On a busy Liverpool Saturday night, frequent Slash collaborator and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy vies for your attention, by calling at the O2 Academy this week.
His gale-force voice is sure to carry this show along, as Kennedy showcases songs from his debut solo album Year of the Tiger. It’s a stripped-back, bluesy affair and a far cry from the alt metal sound we usually associate with him.
Emel Mathlouthi: Invisible Wind Factory, Saturday July 7
Liverpool Arabic Arts Festival presents Tunisian born singer, songwriter and producer Emel Mathlouthi, a woman often referred to as the voice of the Arab Spring. That’s because she speaks out about such issues as equality, diversity and inclusion.
But her music comes first, and that’s where Mathlouthi mixes traditional Tunisian influences and instruments with electronica. A fiercely independent artist with an identity very much her own, this Invisible Wind Factory gig is bound to be a sleeper hit.
Liverpool Feis 2018: Pier Head, Saturday July 7
Irish music and culture in all its guises is the order of the day here, so an eclectic lineup is on the cards. There’s Irish in heritage if not sound from a Therapy? acoustic set, all the way through to the extremely-fucking-Irish-sounding Chieftains. Sláinte!
The best of the rest collated and collected for your convenience, Getintothis‘ Gigbites crashes home with the round-up.
- Kick Out #6 featuring Hey Bulldog, Bill Nickson, Octopus, Harry Miller: Jacaranda, Friday July 6
- 47SOUL, TootArd: Constellations, Friday July 6
- This Feeling featuring Hello Operator, Generation, Heavy Rapids, Three From Above: EBGBs, Friday July 6
- EABS, Dauwd: The Reeds, Saturday July 7
- The Mono LPs single launch: Zanzibar, Saturday July 7
- Skylights: Buyers Club, Saturday July 7
- Eric Paslay: Arts Club, Saturday July 7
- Strings & Things featuring Foxtrap, Askies, Nikki & The Waves: Studio 2, Sunday July 8
Upcoming gigs to keep an eye on:
We Are Scientists: Arts Club, Sunday October 20
We Are Scientists formed in 1999, with the at-the-time three piece rising to prominence in 2005 through their major label debut. With Love and Squalor housed indie disco staples like Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt and The Great Escape, but nudged drummer Michael Tapper out the door by the end of its touring cycle.
Guitarist/vocalist Keith Murray and bassist Chris Cain carried on however, and they have gone on to release a further six albums. Their latest is Megaplex, released in April and written as part of ‘Song Challenge’, a collective competing to drink beer whilst writing ten songs in eight hours. Other members include Ash frontman Tim Wheeler, Annie Hart from Au Revoir Simone and MGMT‘s Simon O’Connor.
Anyway, we digress. We Are Scientists show up after hours, at the Arts Club this October.