Photography: Charlotte Patmore Photography: Neil Thomson

Having won the award for best Metropolitan Festival at the UK Festival Awards in 2016, the popular LIVERPOOL MUSIC WEEK returns for its 15th edition. With CHIC FEAT. NILE RODGERS opening the prestigious festival with a massive bang at the Echo Arena on 26th October, LMW acts as both a showcase of some of the world’s most renowned artists, as well as a celebration of Liverpool’s dynamic music scene. Here are five artists we recommend you look out for at this year’s Liverpool Music Week – and there’s more to be announced in the coming weeks, including a headliner for LMW’s famed closing party.

PERFUME GENIUS

LMW Closing Party @ Liverpool Guild of Students – 04/11

Working under the nom de plume PERFUME GENIUS, Mike Hadreas is a cut above the rest. Following his 2014 breakout album, Too Bright, Hadreas’ own brand of chamber pop launched him into the stratosphere, gaining him status as an indie darling. This year, he released his fourth album No Shape on Matador, which met with universal acclaim for its explorations into art pop, RnB and avant-garde stadium anthems. His lyrics are often brooding and cathartic, ranging from subjects including love to his own queer identity. His show is a must see.

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GIRL RAY

Breaking Out @ EBGBS – 30/10

GIRL RAY are a North London-based trio who take influence from the likes of Pavement, Neutral Milk Hotel and Cate Le Bon. There is jangle pop that is sweet and simple, yet life-affirming. The soundtrack to every summer day. Having recently finished touring with their musical soulmates Whitney, Girl Ray are releasing their debut album, Earl Grey, on 4th August via Moshi Moshi. Their latest single from the album, Preacher (below), is an example of the insanely catchy excellence they have at their fingertips.

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PRINCESS NOKIA

Invisible Wind Factory – 03/11

Performing under as her alter ego, PRINCESS NOKIA, Destiny Frasqueri is an up-and-coming DIY artist coming straight out of the underground hip hop scene. Chopping up electronic beats with trip-hop, RnB and trap, Princess Nokia’s sharp verses collide with this fresh sound head-on. The result of this has led to two well received releases, Metallic Butterfly (2014) and 1992 (2016). With no label support and no album out, Princess Nokia is already making a big name for herself – and she could be on the verge of leaping into the big leagues.

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ZOLA JESUS

LMW Closing Party @ Liverpool Guild of Students – 04/11

Performing as ZOLA JESUS, Nika Danilova puts the art into art pop. Mixing her classically trained opera singer voice with noisy, avant-garde soundscapes, the music created is dark and gothic. Starting out with a series of lo-fi releases, featuring a cacophony of industrial synths, Danilova’s sound has become more hi-fi with both subsequent LP releases Versions and Taiga. Zola Jesus returns with her fifth offering, Okovi, in September, which is being released by her long-time label, Sacred Bone Records. Okovi means chains in Russian. Expect this to be one of her darkest releases.

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GOAT GIRL

Breaking Out @ EBGBS – 02/11

Made up of Clottie Cream, Naima Jelly, Rosy Bones, and L.E.D., GOAT GIRL’s music is furious in more ways than one. Sonically, their music is raucous and loud, with distortion pedals turned up high. Lyrically, Goat Girl tear so-called millennial culture to pieces. The result can be seen on their latest single, Crow Cries, which is brilliant as it is brooding. As well as this, the band are also preparing to head out on their first headline tour, having already supported the likes of Parquet Courts, The Lemon Twigs and The Fall.

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Full LMW17 wristbands are £65, giving access to all shows. Full wristbands, as well as individual show tickets are on sale at 9am on Thursday (3rd August) from liverpoolmusicweek.com.

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