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Video Premiere: Nu Tribe X No Fakin – Live At Parr Street Studios

Celebrating the 25th of Parr Street Studios, Planet Slop premieres an incredible live performance from Nu Tribe and No Fakin.

L100 Spotlight #6: Shak Omar

Starting the new year off with a bang, DJ 2Kind introduces Shak Omar – the artist formerly known as 4tune Tella.

Preview: Nightmares On Wax

 Nightmares on Wax is about to come crashing into the Invisible Wind Factory. Paul Riley with the lowdown.

Boom Bap Taking Over The Library

Nu Tribe and MC Nelson are among those kicking off a series of nights from Wide Open. Shaun Ponsonby reports. 

Fiesta Bombarda NYE Carnival: Invisible Wind Factory, Liverpool

Despite his disdain for New Years Eve, Paul Riley finds himself dancing with everybody else during Fiesta Bombarda’s triumphant end of year bash. 

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. 

MC Nelson Launching By The River Video At Fact

The incredible Liverpool rapper is premiering his new video at Fact next week. Shaun Ponsonby reports. 

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. 

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. 

Generic Magazine’s Best Albums of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, Shaun Ponsonby presents the top ten types of albums that will appear on every single end of year list produced by every other publication.  

Queen Zee & Sonic Yootha Join Forces For Sassden 002

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

Slade’s Dave Hill: “The important thing about us is the longevity”

At the time of year when Slade are ubiquitous, and ahead of their performance at Hangar 34, Shaun Ponsonby talks to the band’s legendary super yob Dave Hill about the […]

XamVolo, Sub Blue, Gazelle: District, Liverpool

Did we just see some defining performances from a couple of Liverpool’s stars in waiting? Shaun Ponsonby seems to think so.

Simon Mason Interview: “One of the hardest things about sobriety is dealing with these regrets”

Paul Fitzgerald chats to Simon Mason, author of Too High, Too Far, Too Soon, ahead of his show at The Zanzibar as part of Hightown Pirates. 

Alexander O’Neal Interview: “The best of me is on stage”

With two new albums on the way, the soul legend talks to Mark Johnstone about living in Manchester, getting out of his comfort zone and 30 years of his classic […]

Rating Queen

Ahead of Queen’s UK tour with Adam Lambert, Shaun Ponsonby examines the back catalogue of one of Britain’s best loved, wildly eccentric and misunderstood bands. 

Blick Bassy Interview: “Every tribe has it’s own music”

Ahead of Blick Bassy’s performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Janaya Pickett talks to the French-Cameroonian artist about applying language to music, his love of Skip James, and assuming individuality. 

Liverpool Music Week: Lost Horizons, BC Camplight, Hilang Child: Leaf, Liverpool

Celebrating 20 years of the Bella Union label at Leaf for Liverpool Music Week, Paul Fitzgerald finds an evening of true celebration.

Liverpool Sound City 2018 Set For Baltic Triangle & Cains Brewery Takeover

Liverpool Sound City 2018 to return to its award winning metropolitan roots for May festival.

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 […]

The Radar: Long Finger Bandits

Gypsy-infused jazz with a striking visual element. Shaun Ponsonby takes a listen to Ocean Waves signing Long Finger Bandits. 

The Radar: Unstoppable Sweeties Show Interview

Liverpool’s finest off the wall jazz-pronk band talk to Shaun Ponsonby about the punk-prog divide, humour in music and “experimental thrash comedy avant-garde punkjazz”.

Preview: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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

Podcast: The Jacksons Dynasty

Celebrating five decades since The Jackson 5 burst onto the scene, Shaun Ponsonby uses Planet Slop’s Glorified Jukebox to navigate the musical evolution of the most iconic family in American music […]

Preview: Kanda Bongo Man

The King of Soukous comes to Liverpool this weekend. Paul Fitzgerald gets ready to dance.

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. 

Tom Petty RIP – Unexpected Rock & Roll Rebel

Aside from writing four decades of great songs, Tom Petty was also an opponent of the music industry. Shaun Ponsonby considers his legacy both on and off stage. 

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. 

Jesus and Mary Chain, Sugarmen: O2 Academy, Liverpool

The gig may have been downsized, but Jesus and Mary Chain triumphed regardless, according to Paul Fitzgerald. 

L100 Spotlight #4: Jamie Broad

Fancy a nice cup of tea? DJ2Kind introduces us to Jamie Broad, a Leonard Cohen loving Liverpool rapper. 

Soom-T Ready To Take Studio 2 By Storm

Reggae with a bit of everything, the incredible Soom-T is swinging by Studio 2 this Friday.

Galactic Funk Militia Interview: “When you see a band, you should get a show”

Ahead of Galactic Funk Militia’s biggest show to date at the O2 Academy, Shaun Ponsonby speaks to band leader Mook about the present, the future, and the power of The […]

Cosmic Slop #119: Are We Scared To Be Pop Stars?

Does pop still sound like pop? Shaun Ponsonby ponders the increasing eccentricity of pop music, and why it has taken such a sharp left turn.

Cosmic Slop #118: VMA’s 2017 – Visual Gonorrhoea

Suffering from eczema wasn’t the most irritating thing Shaun Ponsonby experienced this week, it was the interminable MTV Video Music Awards 2017.

Liverpool Music Week Add Dawn Penn, Jungle, Everything Everything & More To 2017 Bill

An incredible second wave of acts is shaping LMW 2017 as the best yet.  

The Radar: Mica Millar Interview

Before Manchester’s Mica Millar launches her latest single in Liverpool, Soulfultiz spoke to her about the Manchester scene, performing in Liverpool and her new music.

Livewire Festival Feat. Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeff, The Jacksons & more: Towerhead Arena, Blackpool

One of the world’s biggest superstars comes to Blackpool. Shaun Ponsonby takes in the first ever Livewire Festival, starring the one and only Will Smith.

Re-evaluating Stock Aitken Waterman with Jason Donovan

Ahead of a celebration of The Hit Factory as part of Blackpool’s Livewire Festival, Banjo re-assesses the much maligned 80s pop trio, and chats to one of their biggest stars; […]

Little Steven: From Asbury Park To Soulfire

What do Bruce Springsteen, Nelson Mandela and The Sopranos have in common? Ahead of Little Steven’s upcoming UK tour, Shaun Ponsonby takes a look at one of the most fascinating, […]

Official Prince Exhibition Premiering In London

My Name Is Prince will run for 21 nights in the autumn, and Shaun Ponsonby can barely contain his excitement.

The Fall and How To Buy Them

Want to get into The Fall but don’t know where to start? Del Pike presents the ultimate beginners guide to Mark E Smith and Co. 

Robert Plant Announces Liverpool Olympia Gig And New Album Carry Fire

Robert Plant will play Liverpool’s Olympia as part of UK & Irish tour this autumn in support of his new album Carry Fire. 

Cosmic Slop #117: Cheering Up A Broken World

Depressed at the state of the world as we know it, Shaun Ponsonby tries to cheer us up by delving into one of pop’s forgotten back pages. 

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. 

Wrong Festival & Loner Noise Announce Freak Scene All-Dayer

As the team behind Wrong Festival announce an all-day celebration of the freak scene, Shaun Ponsonby talks to head honcho Michael Edward about the development of Wrong, Loner and the […]

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.

Toots & The Maytals, Kioko: Olympia, Liverpool

After a number of years away from the stage, Shaun Ponsonby catches the reggae giants’ return to Liverpool at the Olympia. 

Liverpool Disco Festival 3 Announces Line Up For October Event

Liverpool Disco Festival 3 reveals first set of acts for October takeover of the Baltic Triangle. 

Rating Queens of the Stone Age

Michael Edward celebrates Queens of the Stone Age’s upcoming album and tour by rating their entire output and putting their entire career into context. 

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.

Re-evaluating Will Smith with DJ Jazzy Jeff

Ahead of Will Smith’s return to the stage in Blackpool, Shaun Ponsonby recalls interviewing DJ Jazzy Jeff, and re-considers The Fresh Prince’s place in rap history.

Roy Ayers set for summer live date in Liverpool

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

Queer Rrriot: Queen Zee & The Sasstones, Tuck & The Binders, QFolk & more: Foxy Lomax, Liverpool

An alternative to Pride? Shaun Ponsonby thinks that Queer Rrriot was not only a rousing success, but that it is imperative that it continues.

Brian Wilson: Exhibition Centre, Liverpool

Playing The Beach Boys’ masterpiece Pet Sounds in full, Shaun Ponsonby finds the Liverpool crowd delighted to simply be in Brian Wilson’s presence.

The Jacksons: The Best Non-Michael Songs

As The Jacksons prepare to head to Blackpool without their much missed leader, Shaun Ponsonby considers the best of the rest of the iconic family. 

Thundercat, Danny Brown & More Gear Up For AFROPUNK LONDON 2017

An amazing line-up is set for AFROPUNK’s second London Festival, and Christina McKenna can hardly wait.

Craig Charles Bringing His Trunk Of Funk For a Liverpool All-Dayer

Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer and Boogaloo takes over Camp and Furnace, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

Africa Oyé Interview: “The industry has got a hell of a lot of festivals, but we’re up there”

Ahead of Africa Oyé‘s landmark 25th festival, Janaya Pickett talks to director Paul Duhaney about the past, present and future of the UK’s largest celebration of African culture.

Positive Vibration Festival Feat. The Selecter, Jah Shaka, Sir Coxsone & More: Baltic Triangle

Having won Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards, Shaun Ponsonby finds Liverpool’s reggae festival upping the ante. 

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.

Tonight at Noon Feat. Thurston Moore & Mugstar: St Georges Hall, Liverpool

Anyone expecting Sonic Youth’s greatest hits would have been sorely disappointed, but David North finds Thurston Moore’s celebration of The Mersey Sound captivating regardless.

Photo Gallery: Liam Gallagher makes emotional return to Manchester’s Ritz

Sakura was at The Ritz to see Liam Gallagher make his live return on a poignant night in Manchester. 

Sound City 2017 Review Feat. John Cale, The Human League, Peaches & More

With Sound City’s tenth anniversary celebrations moving them to a new home, and some extra special one-off shows, Shaun Ponsonby and Paul Riley took in the sights and sounds.

Rating Madonna

From Holiday to Rebel Heart, Shaun Ponsonby celebrates the Queen of Pop by rating Madonna’s entire discography.

Africa Oyé Reveal Full Running Order For 25th Anniversary Festival

Check out all you need to knows for Africa Oyé’s landmark 25th edition.

Liverpool Disco Festival Returning This October

The Liverpool Disco Festival is back! Revving up for their second big event of the year, the Baltic Triangle will once again play host to what is quickly becoming one […]

The Radar: JVCK James

Keeping his ear to the soulful underground, Soulfultiz checks out the debut single from London’s JVCK James.

Shy Billy, Galactic Funk Militia, Elevant & More Announced For Get Up Stand Up

24 Kitchen Street and CMD Presents bring a huge line-up to highlight the continuing impact of gentrification in Liverpool.

Transformer Events Feat. Swans, The Fall, Royal Trux & More: Victoria Warehouse, Manchester

 A line-up that rivals All Tomorrow’s Parties at it’s zenith, Michael Edward heads to Manchester for a humungous night at the Victoria Warehouse.