Merseyside’s music venues are back – here’s what’s on this summer
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After over a year of gigs so few and far between, Liverpool’s venues and promoters are doing us proud from summer onwards putting on events by local bands and artists and bringing national and international names to our city.
We have festival all dayers to look forward to as well as normal gigs – remember them? There is so much opportunity to get out there, enjoy the tunes and be with people once more. Of course we have the iconic Cavern Club where the music literally doesn’t stop, the newbie on the music scene Jimmy’s where this month and our incredible M&S Bank Arena Liverpool, but here are a selection of some of our other venues and the shows you can see at them soon.
The Angus Tap & Grind – Dale Street
The Angus were straight out of the gate putting on live music as lockdown lifted, with a focus on local established favourites. Cast front man, the ever popular John Power plays The Angus over four socially distanced nights from 14 to 17 June. The bar and coffee shop has more quality names in the coming weeks including The Real People, Nigel Clark from Dodgy, The Shipbuilders’ Matthew Loughlin-Day, The Sums, Professor Yaffle, Candy Opera and more.
Future Yard, Argyle Street, Birkenhead
The new, permanent live music venue in the heart of Birkenhead launched last September with a gig from She Drew The Gun, in the interim Future Yard supplied online free shows by the likes of Pixey and Natalie McCool to keep our music needs met. But now, they are open properly as a live venue. Penelope Isles played to a sell out crowd mid-May and you can look forward to a cracking line-up of shows from now on, taking us into 2022. Gigs by Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Black Country, New Road, Shame and the Festevol local band all dayer have sold out so check out the schedule of gigs ahead and get your tickets before they all go too. August Bank Holiday weekend sees the two day Future Now festival.
Phase One, Seal Street
Phase One was a lifesaver of a venue for touring bands until the pandemic came along and spoiled all our fun. The good news is, Phase One is now open for food and drink, and music-wise is warming up again. PLANET headline on 6 June, and Phase One will open specially for Record Store Day 2021 on both 12 June and 16 July selling all the special RSD releases. Live music wise, they have The Lovely Eggs on 16 July, the Crapfest festival on 29 August, moving into the autumn they play host to the likes of The Besnard Lakes and more.
Jimmy’s, top of Bold Street
One of the latest additions to Liverpool’s thriving music scene is the brightly lit Jimmy’s at the top of Bold Street. You really can’t miss this venue with its inviting neon lights, laid back atmosphere and, you have surely heard about the Sunday Roast singing nuns right?! As well as Sunday Mass there’s an incredible bar menu and a delicious food offering but Jimmy’s also doubles up as a music venue too. Before now it’s hosted the likes of The Coral and Space and still to come this year you have the likes of Jack Gill and the Emergency Ops.
Invisible Wind Factory, Regent Road
Invisible Wind Factory have two Festevol all dayers in August featuring Working Men’s Club, Stealing Sheep, The Orielles and The Big Moon. The legendary two day post punk Futurama Festival celebrates 40 years in September and boasts names from back in the day including Peter Hook & The Light and Heaven 17, along with newer artists like SPQR and Julia Bardo. Later in the year as we return to a more familiar world, Invisible Wind Factory boasts Caribou, Roni Size, Jarv – aka Jarvis Cocker –, Oh Sees, and The Charlatans celebrate 30 years of being. Definitely something for everyone!
The Shipping Forecast
The downstairs basement in the Shipping Forecast is a long time favourite of music lovers who support new and emerging or niche artists both local and international. The venue gets going up proper in autumn, with names like Welsh band El Goodo, also Coach Party, and Sinead O’Brien. Sorry play in November performing songs from the brilliant Twixtustwain EP along with very early music they’ve not played live before!
Leaf on Bold S
Leaf has started to announce some fantastic dates. La Violette Società in July is a mix of spoken word and music, currently sold out but there is a waiting list for returns. The night features Scottish poet Michael Pedersen. The Orielles have a film screening and Q&A in August. The brilliant Chloe Foy will celebrate her debut album Where Shall We Begin in October, while Fenne Lily’s Breach Tour takes in Leaf the following month. There are lots more gigs over the following months, with 2022 dates coming through already, from the likes of Benjamin Francis Leftwich.
District, Baltic Triangle
Over in the Baltic, Vancouver’s post-punk, multi-media collective Crack Cloud play District on 26 August. London’s Goat Girl are there in September, and King Hannah will visit in October – this local very exciting band are now signed to hip label City Slang and make the kind of music fans of Beach House, Kurt Vile, The War On Drugs, Mazzy Star can get on board with. Japan’s heavy psychedelic rockers Bo Ningen play that month as well, and District is playing host to Porridge Radio’s rescheduled date in December. Jane Weaver will be touring her top 25 pop album Flock, in Feb 2022.
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Arts Club’s offerings announced so far include familiar much loved names along with the newer. Rising star and soon to be household name Arlo Parks has sold out her August date already, but you can still catch The Magic Numbers when they play a couple of weeks later. Indie-rock trio Amber Run and Teleman also pay the venue a visit, and cult outsiders Snapped Ankles have third album Forest Of Your Problems landing in a few weeks, followed by an Arts Club date in October. Liverpool-based trio All We Are’s November date looks spectacular. Awesome singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Georgia UK is hitting the road with her Re-Seeking Thrills tour. Liverpool hero Mick Head plays on 16 July.
Mountford Hall, Liverpool Guild of Students
The Liverpool University venue really gets going in August when local faves Circa Waves are supported by another much loved Liverpool outfit, Red Rum Club. Jamie Webster went top 10 with his debut album We Get By last year and it’s going to be one hell of a party guaranteed on 11 September when he plays to an already sold out home crowd. Fountaines D.C. perform in early October. More dates are to be announced from a plethora of touring artists.