Mirror Image: Arkangel vs. Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room

Continuing his weekly breakdowns of Black Mirror and Inside No. 9, Christy Smyth compares Arkangel and Bernie Clifton’s Dressing Room. Spoiler alert.

Studio 2 Celebrate Independent Venue Week With Planet Slop & BBC 6 Music

Planet Slop, BBC 6 Music and more team up with Studio2 at Parr Street to celebrate Independent Venue Week.

Preview: A Pacifist’s Guide to the War on Cancer

A musical exploration of our attitudes to The Big C and how it affects real lives? Gary Dougherty reveals all.

Mirror Image: USS Callister vs. Zanzibar

As Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror and BBC Two’s Inside No. 9 return to our screens, Christy Smyth pits each episode against each other. Spoiler alert. 

Preview: SUB BLUE at 81 Renshaw

The up and coming artist heads up a night that shows some of the very best of Liverpool’s soulful side. 

Planet Slop’s 2017 Selection Box

As 2017 draws to a close, Planet Slop contributors select some of their favourite albums from the past 12 months. 

The Selecter, The Beat: The Olympia, Liverpool

With a double bill of 2-Tone legends ending their year in Liverpool, Graham Smillie gets his Christmas skank on.

Slop ‘n’ Snips’ Alternative Almost Christmas-ish Movie List

Planet Slop welcomes back Snips’ Dave Wain for an almost nearly festive Christmas movie guide. 

Animania: Cartoon Network Vs Britain

As Cartoon Network hits a golden age, Christy Smyth winds down our week-long celebration by asking why British animation is so far behind America.   

Planet Slop Book Club #2: Protest!, Plum, The Jewish Joke, David Bowie Made Me Gay, Creating Freedom

News From Nowhere have returned with some more recommendations to cosy up with over the holidays.

Animania: Studio Ghibli Top 10

Animania turns towards the East as Craig O’Reilly & Laura Coppin pick their Ghibli favourites. 

Nothin But The Music’s Best of 2017 Playlist

Our friends at Nothin But The Music kick off their monthly playlists for Planet Slop with a round-up of their favourite tracks of the year. 

Preview: The Selecter & The Beat feat. Ranking Roger at the Olympia

A perfect night for 2-Tone fans, as two of the most iconic groups of the movement join forces at the Olympia. 

Animania: Are Cartoons Really Just For Children?

Continuing our week-long celebration of all things animated, Laura Coppin challenges the long held belief that cartoons are primarily made for children. 

Disney’s Star Wars: A New Hope?

As Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi is unleashed, Bruce McAdam takes an in-depth look at the franchise under Disney. 

Queen Zee & Sonic Yootha Join Forces For Sassden 002

The trans power punk band and LGBT social event play Sound in January. 

From Stonewall To RuPaul – A History Of Drag

As Europe’s largest drag convention prepares to take over London, Andrew Nicholls looks at the history of drag and its significance in the LGBTQ+ community.

Mac DeMarco, Montero: Mountford Hall, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin has high hopes as he sets out to join the dedicated DeMarco masses at Mountford Hall. 

A Night Of Boom Bap, Hip Hop And Rap Coming To North Shore Troubadour

Smoov Cyphaz is bringing a night of Hip Hop and Rap to the North Shore Troubadour in December. 

Fiction: Ken Jones – Elvis Has Left The Building

Ken Jones is a creative writing student from Wallasey. He has been writing stories since the 60s, and has returned to education to improve his craft. 

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue: Gorilla, Manchester

Taking a trip to New Orleans, albeit via Manchester, Owen Mullen finds a pure love of music at Gorilla. 

Laces Out Returns To Camp & Furnace This Weekend

Graeme Watt enlightens us on the appeal of the trainer festival as Laces Out heads back to Camp & Furnace. 

Get In To The Greek: A Guide To Yorgos Lanthimos

With the release of his new film The Killing of a Sacred Deer, we take a look at the films of Yorgos Lanthimos with a guest piece by Michael Fowler […]

Liverpool Music Week: Jungle, Stealing Sheep, Makeness at Invisible Wind Factory

Having only known Jungle for two weeks, Graham Smillie takes a chance and catches them at the Invisible Wind Factory. Do they convert a new fan?

Liverpool Music Week Round Up: Dan Croll, Jalen N’Gonda, Spinning Coin, Emilio Pinchi & More

Having a little look back at our adventures so far in Liverpool Music Week 2018. 

Mike Garson Interview: “Bowie never stayed in a comfort zone”

Ahead of Mike Garson’s performance at the O2 Academy, Christy Smyth talks to Bowie’s long-time pianist about Aladdin Sane, the underrated albums of the 90s and life with the Thin […]

Planet Slop Book Club #1: Under My Thumb, The Beat Makers, How to Be a Craftivist & Watling Street

We’ve teamed up with News From Nowhere to bring you some reading recommendations that may have missed your radar. 

Fleet Foxes Top 10 Ahead Of Manchester Apollo Gig

As the Fleet Foxes prepare to cast their spell over our shores next month, Glenn Gibson attempts to run through their top ten tracks.

Short Story: Lewis Wren – Playing Quietly

Lewis Wren’s writing is influenced by the short stories of Raymond Carver and John Cheever, although he aspires to become an author of children’s fiction. He is currently working on […]

Vogue Ball 2017 – Se7en Deadly Sins: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it; Andrew Nicholls takes in the House of Suarez annual Vogue Ball at the Invisible Wind Factory.

Preview: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue make the trip to Manchester in November, Owen Mullen reports. 

Liverpool Music Week 2017 Guide

The 15th Liverpool Music Week is upon us and we’re back to ensure you don’t miss a show with our LMW Guide. 

Is Modern Art Relevant To The Everyday?

With Tate Liverpool embarking on a nine month exhibition looking at the work of Roy Lichtenstein, Gary Dougherty considers the influence of the Modern artists on our everyday lives.

Downtown Boys, Ohmns, Eyesore and The Jinx: Shipping Forecast, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin finds The Shipping Forecast void of answers but brimming with the seeds of essential conversations courtesy of Downtown Boys. 

Preview: Insane Clown Posse at Manchester Academy

It may be Halloween time but Michael Edwards has a very different reason for getting out the face paints as ICP head our way. 

Poem: Tom Florence – Autopilot

Poetry is a new form to Tom Florence, but it is clear from his poem, Autopilot, that he is an exciting young writer. He is currently working on a novel, […]

The Melvins, Redd Kross: Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

An odd pairing? Not at all! Stephen Lewin travels to Leeds for a formidable double header. 

Smithdown Road Festival All-Dayer Review

Luke Foo Guest has been away during Smithdown Road’s redevelopment, so he was delighted to spend the day at the free all-dayer they staged last week. Warning: Wrist injury depicted. 

Preview: The Vogue Ball 2017 – Se7en Deadly Sins

Ready to strike a pose? House of Suarez are bringing The Vogue Ball back to the Invisible Wind Factory this month.

Circus VIII Announce Secret Show Tomorrow Night

London’s answer to Snarky Puppy, Circus VIII are bringing their funk, rock, disco explosion to North Shore Troubadour.

Dizzee Rascal, Donae’o, Trappin’ Tremz: O2 Academy, Liverpool

Kicking off the much anticipated Raskit Tour in Liverpool, Christy Smyth finds Dizzee Rascal well and truly back in the corner. 

Photo Gallery: Lorde, O2 Apollo Manchester

Sakura shares her shots from Lorde’s gig at Manchester’s O2 Apollo. 

Sparks: The Ritz, Manchester

A Friday night in fine company, Planet Slop takes in art rock legends Sparks for a rare live performance in Manchester. 

We Are Grime feat. C-Two, MAL & more

The first ever We Are Grime event took place at EBGB’s last week, and Planet Slop were there to take it in. 

Story: Silence – Hayley Anderton

Hayley Anderton is a graduate of LJMU, and a writer of Young Adult fiction. Her debut novel, Double Bluff, is available on Amazon.

Preview: Dizzee Rascal at the O2 Academy

Dizzee Rascal is launching his Raskit Tour in Liverpool next week, and we at Planet Slop are going bonkers.  

Photo Gallery: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Manchester Arena

Sakura presents her photo gallery from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds at Manchester Arena. 

Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia 2017 Review: “Experimentation, Innovation & Creativity”

Planet Slop’s Paul Riley, Brian Sayle and Vicky Pea present their review and photo gallery from this year’s Liverpool Psych Fest. 

Squeeze Returning To The Phil This November

The new wave legends return to Liverpool in November, and Alan Parry can barely contain her excitement. 

Poem: L’Accord Bleu by Erik Davidkov

Erik Davidkov is a Bulgarian born poet, photographer, and composer of films. His poem L’accord Bleau is included in the collection All Of This And Nothing. 

Dix, Sander and Portraying a Nation: Germany 1919–1933

With Tate Liverpool’s Portraying a Nation exhibition showcasing Germany during the rise of Hitler, Niloo Sharifi looks at the work of Dix and Sander with one eye on the current […]

The Jesus and Mary Chain To Bring Damage and Joy to O2 Academy Liverpool

As The Jesus and Mary Chain prepare to bring their Damage and Joy tour to Liverpool’s Academy, Planet Slop’s  Jon Heathen looks forward to their wall of sound.

Liverpool Mental Health Festival Returns With 2 Weeks Of Events

Liverpool Mental Health Festival takes place across two weeks in October with a range of events. 

Liverpool Comedy Festival Set To Spread Giggles And Guffaws Across The City

The 16th Liverpool Comedy Festival kicks off this week with 150 shows across 18 venues. 

Teatro Pomodoro Interview: Cabaret, Bouffoon & Flying Metal Buckets

Ahead of their performance at the Unity Theatre, cabaret troupe Teatro Pomodoro speak to Ally Goodman about their new show, Cabaret From The Shadows.

Poem: Dun Laoghaire by David Subacchi

David Subacchi studied at the University of Liverpool and has published five collections of poetry. He writes in English, Welsh, and Italian. David regularly performs at spoken word events in Liverpool.

POND, Warm Digits: Psych Fest Launch Party, Invisible Wind Factory

With Australia’s POND making a Liverpool appearance, Brian Sayle catches them launching this year’s anticipated Psych Fest. 

Big Youth, Horace Andy: District, Liverpool

With two massive reggae gigs in just a couple of weeks, Brian Sayle and Graham Smillie are blown away by the ambition of Positive Vibration. 

101 Word Short Stories by Karin Matthews

Karin Matthews is a writer from Gloucestershire. She studied English and Creative Writing in Liverpool where she began a project; every day she selects a random title and writes a […]

Photo Gallery: Conor Oberst & Big Thief at Liverpool’s O2 Academy

Sakura presents a photo gallery as Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst delivers a gig of the year contender to the pleasure of his fans.

Win Tickets to mUmU’s Baltic Bank Holiday Party

mUmU bring Marcel Dettmann and Answer Code Request to Liverpool on August Bank Holiday Sunday.

Musicians Against Homelessness Weekender Coming To Hangar34

Musicians Against Homelessness boasts massive two day line up to raise funds for Crisis.

Win Tickets to Festival No.6 to see The Flaming Lips, Mogwai, Bloc Party & more

Planet Slop has a pair of tickets to give away to this years Festival No.6. Find out why and how you should enter here. 

Rating Lana Del Rey

Glenn Gibson rejoices over Lana Del Rey’s new album and upcoming tour by looking through her back catalogue and putting things into perspective.

Hope & Glory Sunday Review: Living Room, Liverpool

Adam Chapman reviews the now legendary Sunday of Hope and Glory 2017. 

WIN Tickets For Toots & The Maytals Olympia Show

The reggae legends return to Liverpool after a lengthy hiatus from touring and you could be there.

Roy Ayers set for summer live date in Liverpool

The Godfather of neo-soul Roy Ayers plays 24 Kitchen St this summer.

Gary Numan, Gang Of Four: Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Having stopped paying attention to Gary Numan by the early 80s, Graham Smillie decides to pop along to the Exhibition Centre and discovers why the artist retains such a massive cult […]

Royal Blood announce biggest UK tour to date in support of all conquering sophomore album

With the Brighton duo stepping up a gear to arenas, Glenn Gibson hails the return of the new kings of UK rock

Short Story: Kevin, The Wise Man

Written by Christy Smyth, a Creative Writing student from Chesterfield, living in Liverpool. Digs Alice Cooper.

Photo Gallery: ZZ Top bring their Tonnage Tour to Manchester’s O2 Apollo

Sakura presents a gallery of the bearded behemoths as they bring their Tonnage Tour to Manchester’s O2 Apollo. 

LIMF 2017 Round-Up: Rain, Trains and So Solid Crew

Returning for it’s 5th year, LIMF overcomes the obstacles to retain it’s central place in Liverpool’s summer gig calendar.

LIMF 2017 Stage Times, Line Up, After Parties & Map

With Liverpool International Music Festival returning for it’s fifth installment, Planet Slop brings you all you need to know for this year’s festival. 

Bat Sabbath, God Damn: Arts Club Loft, Liverpool

Cancer Bats forming a Black Sabbath tribute band? Brian Sayle catches a curious, but arresting set.

Cancer Bats Ready Black Sabbath Tribute At Arts Club

As Bat Sabbath head to the Arts Club, Brian Sayle gears up for a heavy night in homage to the Godfathers of Metal.