Music

Liverpool’s music scene featuring local bands and musicians as well as news on upcoming gigs from international and national touring acts

  • Zamrock Band W.I.T.C.H (We Intend To Cause Havoc)

    Africa Oyé Return To Birkenhead To Showcase Rediscovered Psychedelic ‘Zamrock’ Group

    Following an incredible festival this June which saw thousands descend on Sefton Park, Africa Oyé are heading over the water to their former home of Birkenhead this August for what’s set to be a fantastic night of music at Future Yard in collaboration with HSP PRSNTS. The trailblazing Wirral venue will host the legendary Zamrock outfit WITCH: We Intend To Cause Havoc on 16 August as part of Africa Oyé’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Led by the charismatic Jagari Chanda, and supported by…

  • Hailu Mergia

    Legendary Ethiopian Musician Hailu Mergia Comes To Birkenhead This September

    The legendary Hailu Mergia is set to play Birkenhead’s most exciting music venue this September. Future Yard will bring the Ethiopian keyboardist, master accordionist and veteran bandleader to the Wirral on Tuesday 6 September as part of their FUJAZZI series; a regular set of shows exploring the outer edges of jazz. Hailu Mergia rose to prominence in Ethiopia in the 1970s, leading the Walias Band in their exploration of hard funk, traditional music and jazz in Ethiopia’s capital. After being forced…

  • Sunzoom Jimmy's Liverpool Gig

    Sunzoom To Play Album Launch Gig At Jimmy’s This Month

    Sunzoom will be playing their self-titled debut album in full at Jimmy’s Liverpool on Saturday 27 August, with support from Reid Anderson. Discovered by Andy Crofts (Paul Weller/The Moons) in 2021, Sunzoom recorded an entire album during lockdown through a single microphone in the kitchen of his house. The album was completed at Ark recording studios with Michael Head producer Steve Powell. The culmination is the debut album released May 2022. Every Friday during lockdown,…

  • The Tung Auditorium Liverpool - Credit The Tung Auditorium

    The Tung Auditorium’s Autumn Season Announced, Headlined By Courtney Pine

    The Autumn programme for Liverpool’s new, state-of-the-art concert hall, The Tung Auditorium, is now available to book, with British jazz legend Courtney Pine headlining with new material from his forthcoming album, Spirituality. Courtney will be joined on piano by Zoe Rahman and a string quartet, on September 23, as the duo pick up from where they left off with the release of their much-heralded project, Song (The Ballad Book). A huge variety of performers will be welcomed…

  • Scuttlebuggs Gig Jacaranda Liverpool Aug 2022

    US Freak-Folk Outfit Scuttlebuggs To Play The Jacaranda With Support From Pleasure Island & Austerity Dogs

    Scuttlebuggs will headline The Jacaranda on Wednesday 17 August. Scuttlebuggs is an indie rock/freak-folk band originally based out of Chicago and now living on the open road. Their original songs are focused on lyrical content, unique melodies and harmony and have been likened to Neil Young, Yo La Tengo and Big Thief. They’ve toured extensively around the US and Japan and are traveling their new tunes to Europe in August of 2022. Check them out via…

  • 100 Things To Do In Liverpool 3

    100 Things To Do In Liverpool

    Updated for 2022! This is the ultimate guide of things to do in Liverpool. From activities and experiences to some of the best bar and restaurant choices in the city. Do an Escape Room. Check out our Best Escape Rooms in Liverpool feature here. Go Roller Skating at the Invisible Wind Factory’s Rollerdrome. Visit VideOdyssey – the UK’s last video shop and rent a VHS or watch a film in their huge cinema room. VideOdyssey…

  • Beans On Toast - Coming to Future Yard Birkenhead

    Beans On Toast Announces Birkenhead 2023 Tour Date At Future Yard

    Outlaw folk musician Beans on Toast will be “Back Out On The Road” next Spring and he’ll bring his show to Birkenhead’s Future Yard on 1 March 2023. Following the runaway success of his extended UK tour earlier this year, the cult hero is already plotting his return with a “mahoosive ramble” in the works for 2023.  One man and his guitar with songs to sing and stories to tell, UK fans will be able…

  • Motel Sundown Band

    Motel Sundown ‘If You Were Listening’: Album Review

    If You Were Listening is the debut album from Liverpool-based trio Motel Sundown (consisting of singer-songwriters Karen Turley, Naomi Campbell and Rob Johnson). Released on 15 July under Sunday Market Records, the album’s release follows a string of single releases through 2019 to 2020. The album is a fusion of the band members’ diverse influences, ranging from Americana, Country, Blues and Folk-rock, and artists including Tom Petty, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow and James Taylor. The…

  • Michael Head And The Red Elastic Band - Kismet (c) John Johnson LR

    Michael Head Announces UK & Ireland Tour Following The Runaway Success of ‘Dear Scott’

    Having picked up the first top ten album of his storied 40-year career as a solo artist and figurehead of The Pale Fountains, The Strands and Shack, Michael Head and The Red Elastic Band announce celebratory, year-closing tour dates through the UK & Ireland to go on general sale on Fri 29 July at 10am. The run of seven appearances concludes with a night of inevitable high emotion in his home city, taking in Liverpool’s…

  • Tickle The Ivories - Eight year old Joanna with 87 year old Billy the Hat, Tickle the Ivories at Liverpool One.Picture Jason Roberts

    Young Piano Star Joins 88-Year-Old Veteran Pianist At Tickle the Ivories 

    A talented, aspiring pianist entertained crowds at Liverpool ONE’s Tickle the Ivories alongside one of the annual festival’s regulars, ‘Billy the Hat’.   Eight-year-old Joanna Moore, from Toxteth, joined 88-year-old Billy, from Wavertree, on the keys, showcasing their phenomenal skills together.  Joanna, who begins a scholarship at Manchester’s prestigious Chetham’s School of Music in September, performed a series of classical favourites, including Debussy’s Children’s Corner and Sonata in D major by Haydn, before Billy took…

  • Martin Carthy - Liverpool Show

    ‘Godfather of English Folk’ Martin Carthy To Play Rare Liverpool Show

    Folk legend Martin Carthy, dubbed the ‘Godfather of English Folk’, comes to the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’s Music Room on Tuesday 20 September. Support on the night is from accomplished musician and songwriter Danny Bradley, winner of the Liverpool Acoustic Songwriting Challenge Judges’ Award for 2021. For more than 50 years, Martin Carthy has been one of folk music’s greatest and best loved innovators. His skill, stage presence and natural charm have won him many admirers, not only from…

  • Bluedot Bjork

    bluedot Festival 2022: Review

    Following a two-year hiatus, bluedot festival was back with a bang this weekend. The award-winning music, science and culture festival is hosted at Jodrell Bank Observatory, the home of the awe-inspiring Lovell Telescope – one of the biggest telescopes in the world and an icon of global astronomy. 20,000 festival goers descending to UNESCO World Heritage Site for an incredible four days of music and cosmic culture. Crowds enjoyed headline performances from Björk and The Halle Orchestra, Mogwai,…

  • The Heavy North UK Tour Press Photo 2022

    The Heavy North Set For September UK Tour Following Release of Critically-Acclaimed Debut Album

    Liverpool six-piece The Heavy North are preparing for their long-awaited UK tour this September following the release of their 10-track debut album earlier this year.  The Heavy North’s debut LP Electric Soul Machine was self-released on Record Store Day back in April and has since been well received by fans, followers and the UK music press – including most recently Classic Rock Magazine (“8/10” July ), BBC Introducing and Radio X – as well as…

  • Paolo Nutini Liverpool Tour Date December 2022

    Paolo Nutini To Play Liverpool M&S Bank Arena This Winter

    After securing the UK No 1 album spot on Friday, 9 July and following on from a knock-out performance to 50,000 awe-struck fans at TRNSMT on Glasgow Green, Paolo Nutini has announced another date to his epic UK tour later this year at Liverpool M&S Bank Arena on Saturday 10 December. Paolo Nutininew album Last Night In The Bittersweet is a 70-minute epic that spans the distance from classic rock to post-punk to hypnotic Krautrock, in the…

  • Katy Alex Music

    Katy Alex’s EP ‘Glow’ Is A Slice of Pop Perfection

    The latest EP from Katy Alex has arrived! Faced with an intense build to the release, she has rose up in the face of adversity and created a brilliant 4 track EP – in her own words creating “Boss, bouncy pop bangers!”.  Speaking about the title track, Alex said “I remember travelling home from a holiday that was supposed to be a celebration for my birthday and first official solo release feeling totally helpless, I just…

  • Sweet Beans Band

    In Conversation – Sweet Beans

    Liverpool based band Sweet Beans are like a fever dream. Their music is an infectious blend of Dark Funk, Riot Jazz and Groove Punk. The band consists of Adam Letman on Alto and Tenor Sax, Henry Atkinson on Drums, Josh Blackwell on Guitar and Miceál Sammon on Trombone and Bass. Combining eccentric guitar riffs with a thumping kick drum and perfectly harmonised horns, Sweet Beans have exploded onto the local music scene over the last…

  • Free Festival Celebrating Mandela Family featuring BCUC pictured at Africa Oyé (Photo: Claire Armitage)

    Free Festival In Princes Park Will Celebrate Mandela Family’s Visit To Liverpool

    A free festival will take place in Liverpool later this month to celebrate the visit of Nelson Mandela’s family to the city as a new memorial to the revolutionary leader in Princes Park nears completion. The event is part of a week-long celebration being organised by Toxteth-based charity Mandela8 which commissioned the official memorial. The afternoon festival – taking place on Saturday 23 July from 12:30pm until 5:30pm – has been curated by Africa Oyé who recently celebrated their 30th anniversary…

  • Keep The Music Going - Liverpool Music Night - Robert Vincent

    New Music Night ‘Keep The Music Going’ Launches August 17 With Headliner Robert Vincent

    17 August sees the launch of a brand new music night for Liverpool. Keep The Music Going takes place at Pierre Griffes on Allerton Road and features the very best songwriters and musicians the region has to offer. Headlining the first event is award-winning songwriter Robert Vincent, winner of both UK Artist of the Year and UK Album of the Year for his album In This Town You’re Owned at the 2021 UK Americana Awards. Supporting Robert for this inaugural…

  • Africa Oyé 30th Anniversary Show at Liverpool Philharmonic

    Africa Oyé And LIMF Team Up For Anniversary Show At The Philharmonic

    Following an incredible festival this June which saw thousands descend on Sefton Park, Africa Oyé are keeping the summer party going in style with a special concert in association with LIMF at the Philharmonic Hall this month. Outside of the festival, Havana Meets Kingston is a flagship event of Oyé’s year-round 30th anniversary celebrations. This unique and captivating collaboration brings together a dream line-up from Jamaica and Cuba, exploring the musical output of these two Caribbean islands. The project – returning…

  • Sound City Satellite - Future Yard

    Sound City Satellite New Initiative In Collaboration With Merseyside Music Education Hub Alliance

    Sound City Satellite takes the award winning Sound City model to each area of the Liverpool City Region to deliver a focussed conference, live programme of activity and training for young people aged 14-16, as part of the Merseyside Music Education Hub Alliance(MMEHA).  From June 2022, Sound City and Merseyside Music education hubs alliance will run via six events across the Liverpool Boroughs including Wirral, Sefton, Halton, St Helens, Knowsley and Liverpool.  Through these events…