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11th February - 17th February

With 6 Of The Best we do our best to  guide you through a busy week in new music and creative culture. This week there is gig a-plenty to wet your whistle with the likes of SEATBELTS, ELEANOR NELLY and THE SHIPBUILDERS all gracing a stage somewhere. In the following list you’ll find highlights of what’s great in the next 7 days  of music, theatre, art and more. Be the first to receive this at the start of every week by signing up to our newsletter and get news of competitions, the latest Bido Lito! magazine hitting the streets and other bulletins to ensure you know about what’s going on.

SEATBELTS

81 Renshaw – 15/02

New wave revivalists SEATBELTS open their 2019 live account with what promises to be a top gig at 81 Renshaw on Friday night. The band comprising members of Hooton Tennis Club will follow a successful debut year which included one of the releases of the year in the Song For Vonnegut EP with this tantalising show. Joining them on the bill will be Norwegian singer songwriter SARA WOLFF and Orielles affiliate STRAWBERRY GUY with spoken word from the enigmatic ROY.

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LOVE FOLK FESTIVAL

The Atkinson – 15-16/02

LOVE FOLK FESTIVAL is an annual event that caters to Southport’s music lovers – a weekend-long celebration that features new, upcoming and traditional folk music. For its fifth outing, the organisers at The Atkinson have managed to snare folk royalty in the form of MARTIN and ELIZA CARTHY as their Friday night headliners. Twice Mercury-nominated Eliza joins her father, a great of English folk, to represent a musical dynasty who, according to The Guardian, “have quietly revolutionised traditional English music”. Pioneering ‘bloke folk’ trio FAUSTUS also bring their virtuosic skills to the Friday night proceedings, with Saturday’s action taking place across three stages, including the free Busk Love Folk stage in the building’s foyer between 1.30 and 8pm.

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LIVERPOOL ACOUSTIC’S 10TH BIRTHDAY

LEAF on Bold Street – 15/02

15 artists, all profits going to CALM and a celebration of a city institution; Leaf is the place to be on Friday for marking 10 years of local promoters Liverpool Acoustic. A long roster of top guitar slingers includes ELEANOR NELLY, LIMERANCE, RACHAEL JEAN HARRIS and many more.

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MAI 68 LAUNCH CRUISE

Lady Diana – 16/02

A trio of top talent test their sea (or river?) legs with a trip down the Dee for the launch of local label Mai 68’s newest split 12 inch. Featuring on the release and the bill are folk collective CAMPFIRE SOCIAL and hip hopper ENNIO THE LITTLE BROTHER with local lads THE SHIPBUILDERS making it a hat trick.

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THE INDICA GALLERY

81 Renshaw – 14/02

Spectral indie quintet THE INDICA GALLERY follow up their single Wait For Your Love with a headliner gig in the intimate confines of 81 Renshaw. Expect 60s-flavoured psychedelia with a dash of northern grit poetics from these Merseyrail Sound Station artists.

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DEEP CUTS #23

Phase One – 14/02

Hotly tipped indie rocker ELI SMART tops the bill for the 23rd edition of Deep Cuts at Phase One. Other ones-to-watch on the bill come in the shape of grungers COW and Eggy Records noisenik SILVER LININGS.

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