WHAT’S GOING ON WITH BIDO LITO!
Our friends at music monthly magazine Bido Lito! give us the low-down of what’s going on in Liverpool each month. For interviews with the best new artists, analysis of what’s going in town and beyond #PickUpThePinkOne in the communal areas at Crown Place or Vine Court, or go to bidolito.co.uk. Here’s a run down of some highlights over the December and January to coincide with issue 73 of The Liverpool Music magazine.
THE VRYLL SOCIETY
Deltasonic darlings THE VRYLL SOCIETY have been travelling at warp speed this year, and they’re gearing up for a triumphant end-of-year homecoming gig in December to round off a buzz-worthy headline UK tour. The kaleidoscopic wallies have followed up 2015’s gloriously diaphanous Pangea EP with three massive singles in 2016 – A Perfect Rhythm, La Jetee and Self Realization – all of which have added greater depth to their cosmic Scouse dynamism. Support acts ZUZU, RONGORONGO and THE MYSTERINES provide an embarrassment of riches for early arrivals.
Invisible Wind Factory / 2nd December
HEEBIES WINTER FAYRE
Whether you’re on the naughty or nice list, you can celebrate Christmas early at Heebies’ Winter Fayre. Get in the holiday spirit with three floors of crafts, gifts, live music, food, tattooists, taxidermy, and Christmas drinks. If you’re looking for unique gift ideas, a host of independent makers will be showcasing their wares on the top deck, while in the basement, EBGBS will be bringing you some of the most exciting young bands on the Liverpool music scene. Most importantly, Heebies will be donating all of the door proceeds to The Whitechapel Centre to support those in need during the holiday season.
Heebie Jeebies and EBGBS / 3rd December
UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS
There is a space where proto-metal intersects with Beatlesy melodicism, and that space is called UNCLE ACID AND THE DEADBEATS. One of Britain's most beloved cult bands, UA&TD have conceived four critically acclaimed albums, with their latest (2015’s The Night Creeper) seeing them team up with producer Liam Watson (Tame Impala, The White Stripes). Their new label, Rise Above Records, describes the album’s 10 tracks as “psyche-frazzling heaviness and blood-drenched pop”, which is exactly what our brains need from time to time.
Arts Club / 10th December
CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH ALL-DAYER WITH THE FALL
Everyone knows that all-dayers are the new all-nighters and promoters CLUB.THE.MAMMOTH are spreading that gospel with an eye-watering line-up of local and national treats at Arts Club in January. Cranky Mancunian legends THE FALL (pictured) top a bill which includes a clutch of artists blazing a trail across the UK at the moment: distortion rock wizards HOOKWORMS, angry noise punks EAGULLS, forward-thinking guitar botherers KAGOULE and mouthy upstarts CABBAGE among them. From these parts STRANGE COLLECTIVE, OHMNS and PINK KINK join the party. For any psych, fuzz, garage rock and punk fans, this needs to be inked in the diary.
Arts Club / 21st January
Helping the Christmas diet to get a move on, Stockport’s own MR SCRUFF migrates west on Boxing Day to revive our flagging spirits with his mishmash of funk, soul, Latin and hip hop at The Merchant. Teaming up with No Fakin’s ILLSON, Scruff promises to “keep it unreal” as he rolls up his sleeves to bring the best of his blended samples and dancefloor nuggets to the dancefloor for that trademark feel-good factor. Can’t wait for New Year’s Eve? You don’t have to: bypass the cold turkey and get scruffalicious.
The Merchant / 26th December
Most teenage musicians penning songs in their bedrooms will stick to the tried-and-tested tropes of love, lust and cod-psychology, but not DECLAN MCKENNA. The winner of the 2015 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition prefers to see his contemporaries as intelligent young adults rather than dumbed-down adolescents, so he think nothing of tackling corruption at the World Cup (Brazil), transgender issues (Paracetemol) and religion (Bethlehem) in his songs. None of which make for a classic major label artist, but if you’re good enough, you’re good enough.
Studio2 / 26th January
BIDO LITO! SOCIAL @ HUS WITH THE ORIELLES
The first Bido Lito! Social of 2017 is set to be a (post-Christmas) cracker with new Heavenly Recordings signees THE ORIELLES (pictured) headlining a free gig at new Tithebarn Street venue HUS. The gig will launch Issue 74 of Bido Lito! and an exciting new format for your favourite pink magazine. Support on the evening will come from Wirral wunderkinds THE MYSTERINES. Everyone is welcome as we celebrate a new year, new magazine and superb new gig space for the city.
HUS / 26th January
CIRCUS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
The perfect antidote to the post-Christmas blues, Circus’ annual Christmas extravaganza is one of the things we look forward to most about the festive period. Once again, Yousef leads a high-quality bill of selectors through nine hours of thumping, bass-heavy tunes as Circus take over all three rooms in Camp and Furnace. Special guest SAM PAGANINI brings some sexy techno noir to Furnace while Deep Dish’s DUBFIRE (pictured) brings the global pizzazz as one of electronic music’s glitterati, and our own LAUREN LO SUNG heads up a future techno roster in Blade Factory.
Camp and Furnace / 27th December
THE CAVERN @ 60
On 16th January 1957, a new underground jazz bar at 10 Mathew Street hosted its opening night. When The Cavern Club closed 16 years and 292 Beatles gigs later, the reputation of ‘the most famous club in the world’ as an incubator of world-dominating Merseyside talent was sealed. Sixty years on, the club’s history is being celebrated anew with a series of special shows in the ‘new’ Cavern Club (over the road from the original club on Mathew Street), as well two huge History Of The Cavern events at the Philharmonic Hall with The Overtures on 15th and 16th January. What’s more, a brand-new bronze statue of Cilla Black will also be unveiled outside the venue on the day of its 60th anniversary. cavernclub.org