This week the country is marking a year since lockdown was first introduced. Introduced as a concept, a reality and a way of life. Now it is second nature to us; a chat to a friend is via Zoom, a lovely meal is courtesy of Uber Eats and entertainment comes to us through a screen or home speakers. However, it wasn’t always like this, and there will soon come a time when we can join a room full of people to consume our favourite entertainment in real life. The scents, the tastes, the volume – will all return once restrictions lift in June.
The last 12 months have seen gig dates in our diaries slide by, punctuated by emails regarding reschedules or, in many cases, straight-up cancellations. While it’s sad to think about these missing memories, it’s important to look ahead. From June live music is back. We thought the best way to mark this grim anniversary would be to look ahead to some of the shows we are most excited about that are currently slated into to Liverpool’s live calendar.
Take a look, book your advance tickets to renew the faith of promoters, venues and artists, and sign up to the Bido Bulletin to receive the weekly What’s On updates from us. These gigs represent rescheduled shows initially planned for 2020 and new shows booked in the last six months.
Invisible Wind Factory – 07/06
Mr Cocker proved himself a lockdown hero not only with his weekly Domestic Disco Instagram boogies but with one of the long player highlights of 2020 in Beyond The Pale. His latest project appeared in Williamson Tunnels back in 2018 and this rearranged show in the north docklands venue is sure to relight our live music flame nicely.
iamkyami by Michael Kirkham at 24 Kitchen Street in 2019
24 Kitchen Street – 10/06
Instagram equality torch bearers Where Are The Girl Bands open their series of events showcasing women and led by women off-and on-stage with a stonker in June. Iamkyami is another artist who remained busy in lockdown, bringing out a string of singles as well as the fabulous EP Life Of Ky.
24 Kitchen Street – 26th June
While many of us may have indulged in some behind-closed-doors training, the opportunity to bust a move on an actual dancefloor cannot come soon enough. Yootha is bound to provide the ideal route back to match fitness with their first night back in Kitchen Street.
24 Kitchen Street – 27/08
Things get serious in August with techno queen Helena Hauff making her way from Hamburg to the Baltic Triangle. Hauff heads will hope her three track EP collab with The Exaltics signals an active year following a quiet 2020.
Future Yard – 04/09
At long last Birkenhead will again be the future this summer as Argyle Street venue Future Yard will be able to open their doors properly. Peter Kemper’s Sonic Boom project is one of the first to animate the space with the producer transposing his second LP of spacey psych All Things Being Equal for this rescheduled show in September.
Goat Girl by Stuart Moulding in 2017
Phase One – 20/09
Londoners Goat Girl are living up to their early promise with second album On All Fours released earlier this year. The Rough Trade rockers are making up for lost lockdown time at Phase One as part of a national tour in support of the lauded LP.
BY THE SEA
Arts Club – 04/09
Revered Wirralites By The Sea had a triumphant return curtailed last year after releasing teaser track The Letdowns at the start of 2020 and promptly having to postpone a run of comeback shows. However, September sees them emerging once more. Plus new tunes unveiled in a streamed gig at the back end of last year signal exciting things on the horizon.
Future Yard – 02/10
This rescheduled show is set to be something special. Coming up from the Total Refreshment Centre jazz scene in London, Nubiyan Twist’s sound came to fabulous crescendo via this years LP Freedom Fables. The 10 piece-strong band are now taking that sound on the road and calling in at music hub Future Yard in Autumn.
WILLIE J HEALEY
Phase One – 07/10
Another highlight of 2020 was Healey’s brilliant sophomore LP Twin Heavy released on Yala! Music in August. With a smattering of pub rock, folk and glam, the album has heralded Healey as an exciting artist and one to watch. Unfortunately, at the time we were unable to watch. But October brings the opportunity in Seel Street venue Phase One.
Phase One – 23/10
Post-punk poet Sinead O’Brien speaks to the zeitgeist with her acerbic rhymes dissecting the modern condition over razor sharp sonics. This promises to be a captivating show.
shame by Stuart Moulding at Sound City 2019
Hangar 34 – 25/11
Sprinting out the blocks with a new album in January this year, Shame will be equally impatient to get back on the road. Despite their tender year, the London post punkers already feel like an established institution. Those with fond memories of their headline Sound City set in 2019 will be excited about this one.
The Mysterines by Brian Sayle at Skeleton Coast in 2019
O2 Academy – 30/10
The Mysterines’ Life’s A Bitch tour title sums up many of our thoughts coming out of a tough 12 months. We look forward to joining the blues rockers for cathartic riffs and irrepressible hooks at Arts Club in October.
O2 Academy – 10/11
Dublin grunge quartet Pillow Queens will be keen to capitalise on a burgeoning following with a faultless back catalogue formed from their nascent rise. They finally get to tour in support of fine debut LP In Waiting in winter.
Sleaford Mods by Michael Kirkham in 2019
O2 Academy – 25/11
Speaking of established institutions – but not to their face – the midland bard Jason Williamson will no doubt have some insightful observations about the shit show of the last 12 months. An assembly of music fans will benefit from these on Hotham Street in November.
Phase One – 02/12
Come December, the barren months of 2020 will be all but a distant memory. At this point we’ll be back in the swing of things watching the most hotly tipped artists plying their trade in our favourite venues, having cancelled our Netflix subscriptions and deleted Deliveroo. The praise heaped on Porridge Radio’s second album Every Bad was richly deserved. It’ll be a treat to see those tracks live as we plan a normal Christmas. Imagine!
BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD
Arts Club – 03/12
Stand-out artists at Future Yard festival in 2019, Black Country, New Road have made good on their promise with their debut LP released earlier this year. Already streaming sets of exclusively new material the Klezermist spoken word trail blazers are clearly not resting on their laurels.
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