Liverpool Music Week have announced the first round of acts for their 2016 line up set to take places across various venues in Liverpool from 26th October – 5th November 2016, including: John Carpenter, Warpaint, Cat’s Eyes, GoGo Penguin, Clean Cut Kid and She Drew The Gun.

For its 12th edition, the festival will be based around the hub of the Arts Club venue in Liverpool City Centre, long a hub for music under various guises over the years, with a run of shows at the prestigious and beautiful centuries old Grade II listed Liverpool Dome and Grand Central Hall, as well as festival headliner John Carpenter playing in the stunning surroundings of the Liverpool Olympia ballroom.

This year also sees the launch of a limited number of LMW16 Wristbands that allow entry to all of this year’s shows for just £50, on sale now from

In an incredible coup for the festival this year they are thrilled to announce that the legendary director and composer John Carpenter (The Master of Horror) will headline this year’s proceedings in the perfect settings of Liverpool Olympia on Friday 28th October, performing his film scores and original compositions as part of his first ever UK live headline tour. Carpenter scored rave reviews with his festival debut at Primavera Sound in Barcelona at the start of this month & has since taken his live show across the US.

Elsewhere, LA-based art rock quartet Warpaint will headline the 2016 Opening Night at the spectacular Liverpool Dome and Grand Central Hall on Wednesday 26th October bringing their hypnotic and focused live show to one of Liverpool’s grandest secret spaces.

Taking to the stage at Leaf on Thursday 3rd November, Cat’s Eyes are a duo formed by Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multi-instrumentalist based in London, and Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors. Their new album ‘Treasure House’ is out now on Rough Trade Records.

Hailing from Manchester, Mercury Prize Album of the Year winning acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin draw on a heady brew of influences: from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to Manchester’s grey rain-streaked urban streets, they create a brave new sound that is wholly their own and has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years. Their Blue Note Records debut album Man Made Object was released worldwide earlier this year. Catch them at Arts Club in The Theatreon Tuesday 1st November.

Liverpool locals Clean Cut Kid are enjoying a meteoric rise to success following their recent signing to Babe Magnet Records/Polydor and a summer spent playing a colossal 29 festivals. The Liverpool four-piece barely pause for breath before they get back in the tour van and head out on a 10 date nationwide tour this October, headlining Arts Club on Saturday 29th Octoberas part of #LMW16 festivities.

Last but not least at Leaf on 30th October, The Wirral’s She Drew The Gun join the bevy of local artists flying the flag for the region following their debut album Memories of The Future recently released on The Coral’s own Skeleton Key Records. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach they offer dreamy psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey and were recently crowned winners of the Glastonbury 2016 Emerging Talent Competition.

Further details and additions to the line-up will be revealed over the coming weeks and months.