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ISSUE 86 EDITORIAL

Editor Christopher Torpey praises those giving voice to the working class at a time when our notions of class structures are more fractured than ever.

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ELEANOR NELLY

Her name may already be familiar to Merseyside music lovers, but ELEANOR NELLY’s journey to stardom is just getting started.

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ROY LICHTENSTEIN

We invite artist and designer Nick Booton to give his verdict on the work of the pop art maestro, whose iconic work is showing now in a major exhibition at Tate Liverpool.

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BREAKWAVE

Promoter, producer, tastemaker and DJ: Jessica Beaumont is using her music to open up space for innovative new artists and venues, placing BREAKWAVE at the cutting edge of UK nightlife.

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IN GOOD COMPANY

After a 25-year break, 2017 saw the return of the Everyman's in-house repertory company. Two of the theatres' directors explain why they’re once again going back to the future.

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YEP TO REP

As part of their desire to develop a homegrown repertory company of the future, the Everyman And Playhouse are investing in some of stage and screen’s future talents.

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THE EDGE OF FANTASY

In a world full of noise, Manchester Collective are making a case for music that creates intensely human experiences.

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GARY NUMAN

The electronic music pioneer has endured some ups and downs across his 40-year career in music, and is relishing his latest return to Liverpool to reconnect with his devoted fanbase.

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DANSETTE: LAURIE SHAW

Laurie Shaw reveals some of the inspirational records that were key touchstones for him during the making of his new LP, Weird Weekends

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GOD ON MY RIGHT

Liverpool-born brothers Sean and Michael Hollywood are channeling their inspirations through a fizzing strain of darkwave electronica.

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WILD FRUIT ART COLLECTIVE

Jamie Roberts from esoteric, guitar-jamming rock curveballs Wild Fruit Art Collective talks about the group’s “scatty” origins.

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ESME BRIDIE

With her first full-length album due for release in March, this emotive singer-songwriter is finally ready to step into the limelight.

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FIELD MUSIC

Over the course of seven albums, brothers David and Peter Brewis have quietly gone about their business as one of the most critically admired bands in the UK. Open Here, their latest effort, is their most expansive to date.

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BORN IN FLAMES

FACT 31/1/18
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NADINE SHAH

Harvest Sun @ Leaf 1/2/18
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IDLES

Independent Venue Week @ Studio2 2/2/18
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NIGHTMARES ON WAX

Bam!Bam!Bam! @ Invisible Wind Factory 9/2/18
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JORJA SMITH

Invisible Wind Factory 8/2/18
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THIS IS THE KIT

Harvest Sun @ Leaf 14/1/18
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EZRA FURMAN

Arts Club 4/2/18
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MOODYMANN

Boogaloo x Down To Funk @ Meraki 26/1/18
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ISSUE 86 FINAL SAY

MP for Wirral South Alison McGovern hails the progress made towards gender equality, but reflects on the implicit bias that still exists in the battle for universal acceptance.

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