Category Liverpool Music News

Fireball – Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 Announces Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and more

Fireball - Fuelling The Fire Tour 2017 Announces Reel Big Fish, Anti-Flag and more

Academy Events in association with Fireball are extremely pleased to announce the line-up for the second annual ‘Fireball – Fuelling The Fire’ Tour.

Hitting the road throughout October 2017, the run of dates will feature a star studded line-up of the best in punk and ska, headlined by Huntingdon Beach, California’s legendary ska punk outfit Reel Big Fish, with support from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania punks Anti-Flag and Solvang, California-based ska punks Mad Caddies.

Yet again, tickets are eye-wateringly cheap at just £10 each and go on general sale on Friday 26th May with O2 priority tickets on sale at 10am on Wednesday 24th May.

Following the huge success of the inaugural 2016 leg featuring Less Than Jake, The Skints, Mariachi El Bronx, KEMURI and The Bennies – which sold nearly ...

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Liverpool Loves Festival Is Back And Moves To The City Centre

Liverpool Loves Festival Is Back And Moves To The City Centre

Orb CIC are delighted to announce that the award-winning festival Liverpool Loves will return to the city this Summer!

Liverpool’s best loved, feel-good festival will take place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th August – with the main stage zone being held in Derby Square at the heart of the Commercial District, under the gaze of the Queen Victoria monument. 

Festival director, Josh Boyd said: After the continued success of last year’s event – and picking up a nomination for Best Small Tourism Event once again – we’re excited to be bringing this much-loved celebration back for the third time in 2017. 

“The event has had a huge level of support in its first two editions and attracted over 67,000 people down to Pier Head – so this year we’re taking steps to develop the offer and...

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She Drew The Gun take home The Git Award 2017

She Drew The Gun take home the Git Award 2017

She Drew The Gun won The GIT Award 2017 at an all-day event at Constellations.

The rock and roll band from Liverpool, fronted by Louisa Roach, took home the sixth GIT Award prize together with the £1,000 and Parr Street Studios recording time.

A spectacular 12-hour marathon event at Constellations saw the Merseyside music community come together to celebrate ten years of Liverpool-based music website Getintothis as organisers behind 24 Kitchen Street and Zuzu also took home the main honours.

Taking to the stage at around 1am, She Drew the Gun’s Louisa Roach, spoke on behalf of the band saying: “This is amazing, I don’t know quite what to say, we’re all delighted and surprised – thanks so much to Getintothis and all the judging panel – it means so much!”

Louisa, who started ...

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GIT AWARD – Liverpool music community set for biggest party of the year at Constellations

GIT AWARD - Liverpool music community set for biggest party of the year at Constellations

The most exciting bands right now are from Liverpool. That is an irrefutable fact – Simon Raymonde, Bella Union Records
The GIT Award represents artists of the future – Yoko Ono
The GIT Award illustrates just how colourful the music scene in Liverpool is today – Domino Records

INSPIRATION AWARD TO BE REVEALED

Liverpool music prize, The GIT Award 2017 culminates in a spectacular all-day event on Saturday May 13 at Constellations.

Back for the sixth year, The GIT Award features Merseyside’s finest new music – and this year has the added spectacle of TEN more acts performing in celebration of 10 years of Getintothis – the Liverpool music webzine which founded the prize in 2011.

The live performances begin at Constellations in an outside Garden Stage at 3pmbefor...

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Africa Oyé add Black Prophet and Daby Touré to Anniversary festival lineup

Africa Oyé add Black Prophet and Daby Touré to Anniversary festival lineup

Ghanian reggae star, Black Prophet and Mauritanian singer-songwriter Daby Touré have been added to Africa Oyé‘s 25th Anniversary festival line-up.

Following the addition of Julian Marley to the bill, the UK’s largest FREE celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture, taking place on 17th and 18th June in Liverpool’s Sefton Park, has now strengthened its reggae representation with Ghana’s own Black Prophet.

Returning to Liverpool after an acclaimed set at Oyé in 2013, Prophet describes himself as an ‘African roots rock reggae singer/songwriter’ from Accra, and his music is a mixture of  traditional percussion blended with elements of Jamaican Reggae and a hint of rock.

He has been influenced by the music of his time growing up in Ghana and sings in African dialects Tw...

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Single Review – The Jackobins – Nightfire

Single Review - The Jackobins - Nightfire

We have been long time followers of The Jackobins and with airplay from the likes of BBC Radio 6 and Radio X in the past and a flurry of big festival dates booked, we are obviously not the only ones who have discovered this great band.

The band are set to play Liverpool at Sound City later this month and again in August at Hope & Glory Festival and have released their new single, ‘Nightfire‘.

Although not their usual rock sound, Nightfire still has the strength to create a euphoric feeling on listening. It’s smooth sound and chimes counteract the searing guitars nicely and in building the track steadily to a crescendo, it allows frontman, Dominic Bassnett,  to use his wide vocal range to the best of its abilities and compliments them gorgeously.

Thr track is driven throughout, wit...

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Liverpool Tattoo Convention reveals packed music line-up for 10th Anniversary

Liverpool Tattoo Convention reveals packed entertainment line-up for 10th Anniversary

Liverpool Tattoo Convention – 10th Anniversary
Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool
5th – 7th May, 2017

FULL SHOW GUIDE & SCHEDULE – CLICK HERE

Liverpool Tattoo Convention returns to the city for its 10th anniversary on the 5th, 6th & 7th May in 2017.

Taking over the entire Adelphi Hotel and filling it with world class tattoo artists, the convention will also feature a packed line-up of entertainment; over 20 live bands including sets from Doctor & The Medics and Bolshy, stage shows from the likes of The Fuel Girls, competitions for the best tattoos and an alternative market place where attendees can shop till they drop.

Entertainment Highlights

Dr & The Medics – Dr and the Medics...

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John Cale Reveals Collaborators for 50th Anniversary Celebration at Sound City

John Cale Reveals Collaborators for 50th Anniversary Celebration  at Sound City

The Kills, Gruff Rhys, Clinic, Nadine Shah, Fat White Family & Wild Beasts to join John Cale live on stage at one-off performance 

Global music legend John Cale has announced the artists that will play live with him at his only European show – Liverpool Sound City, 26 May – to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the revolutionary The Velvet Underground & Nico album.

Hailed by The Guardian as the number one album ‘that changed music forever’, ahead of even The Beatles and Sgt Peppers, The Velvet Underground & Nico aka the ‘Banana’ album (artwork by Andy Warhol) has also been lauded by both NME and Rolling Stone magazine as one of the 40 greatest albums of all time.

Veteran garage rockers The Kills have always cited The Velvet Underground as a major influence and have covere...

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Mac Demarco live at o2 Academy Liverpool this November

Mac Demarco live at o2 Academy Liverpool this November

One of the biggest breakout successes of the past half-decade, hugely celebrated Canadian slacker rock singer-songwriter Mac Demarco visits Liverpool this May for his first ever gig in the city.

Set to release eagerly anticipated third LP This Old Dog on May 5th through much loved indie label Captured Tracks (Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils), album previewing singles My Old Man and the title track soared past 250,000 YouTube views within a week.

Bringing together classic singer songwriter influences: Paul Simon, James Taylor, John Lennon with the scruffy attitude of 1990s indie: Pavement, Blur, DeMarco’s mastery of the three-minute alt pop song has won him a burgeoning worldwide audience.

Trailed as the singer’s cleanest, smoothest set to date, many of the tracks on This Old Dog are first t...

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Grammy winning Dobet Gnahoré and Angolan icon Bonga head to Africa Oyé

Grammy winning Dobet Gnahoré and Angolan icon Bonga head to Africa Oyé

Africa Oyé – 25th Anniversary Festival
Sefton Park, Liverpool

Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017
12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE

Funded by Arts Council England & Liverpool City Council

Africa Oyé have added two of the festival’s finest alumni to their 25th Anniversary line-up ahead of the celebrations in June.

The first of the two newly announced acts returning to Sefton Park this summer is Ivorian singer, dancer, musician and Grammy-winner, Dobet Gnahoré.

Dobet, who first played the Liverpool festival back in 2005, sings in a range of African languages and covers a whole host of styles, including Congolese Rumba, Ivory Coast Ziglibiti, Cameroon Bikoutsi and Ghanian High-Life.

Joining her in this latest reveal is Angolan icon, Bonga, who played Oyé in 2011...

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