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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. 

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. 

The Music Manual To Celebrate 5 Years With Summer Shindig

Liverpool music blog The Music Manual is set to celebrate their 5 year anniversary with a special Summer Shindig.

New Music Festival for Warrington’s Victoria Park Given Go Ahead

Warrington Council have approved plans for new music festival in Victoria Park for 2018. 

L100 Spotlight #3: Prefects

Is Boom Bap the true hip-hop sound? Prefects seems to think so. DJ2Kind catches up with him with L100.

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.

KLF Khronicals #3

Details. We have details. Just a few but enough to get Vicky Pea in a right old state. 

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. 

Hope & Glory Sunday Review: Living Room, Liverpool

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

Afropunk London: Thundercat, Danny Brown, Corinne Bailey Rae & More

Heading down to London solo, Nelson experiences Afropunk in all it’s multicultural glory.

Bongo’s Bingo announce Bongo And The Beast Christmas dates

The legendary Liverpool night out has revealed their ambitious plans for Christmas 2017. 

Hope & Glory Fiasco – The Festival That Never Should Have Been

An obviously unsuitable venue, a clear lack of organisation and a promoter whose shows have appeared on Rip-Off Britain. Why was Hope and Glory given permission to go ahead?

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.

Chic To Kick Off Liverpool Music Week 2017

Nile Rodgers and co are to freak out Liverpool Music Week 2017 alongside first wave of acts confirmed for this years festival. Shaun Ponsonby tells us why this is such […]

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.

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

Queer Rrriot: An Alternative To Pride Liverpool

Ahead of the first Queer Rrriot Liverpool Pride event, Shaun Ponsonby talks to poet Mo Thu Lu about the need for an underground alternative to the mainstream Pride event.

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.

Brian Wilson & Gary Numan head up two massive shows in Liverpool this week

Two huge live shows featuring two icons come to Liverpool’s Exhibition Centre this week with Gary Numan and Brian Wilson celebrating 50 Summers of Love.

Placebo to bring the hits to Blackpool’s Empress Ballroom for 20th anniversary tour

Michael Edward anticipates a night of big hits as Placebo prepare for their 20th anniversary tour. 

Roy Lichtenstein in Focus coming to Tate Liverpool

The works of  renowned American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein are to be shown at Tate Liverpool.

Shellac to play Manchester as part of autumn UK tour

Michael Edward looks forward to a visit from the self proclaimed minimalist rock trio.

Chester Bennington, lead singer of Linkin Park, dies aged 41

Planet Slop sends condolences to the family, friends and fans of Chester Bennington who has died aged 41.

Blick Bassy returns to Liverpool this year as part of Africa Oyé’s celebrations

Africa Oyé and Mellowtone add another international star to their series of live celebratory dates. 

Premiere: Limerance lay bare their debut single Shine On

Glyn Akroyd exclusively premieres Limerance’s debut single, Shine On, with Planet Slop. 

Nick Cave to play Manchester Arena on biggest UK tour to date

As Nick Cave make the bold step up to an arena tour, Banjo traces his journey so far.

The Radar: Jessie Reyez

Ahead of this weekend’s adventures at LIMF, Soulfultiz shares the act he’s most looking forward to seeing.  

Glastonbury Roundup: A Virgin, A Veteran & Our Highlights

Yes, Glastonbury happened. In fact it feels long ago in the memory now, but that can’t be helped. Upon returning this year we promptly fell apart, hit down with the […]

The Gories, OHMNS, MINCEMEAT: The Magnet, Liverpool

With Detroit legends The Gories headlining, Mark Greenwood heads to Magnet for a whopper of a night from Harvest Sun.

Positive Vibration Bringing Two Reggae Legends To District

Hot off the heels of their second festival, the reggae specialists are bringing Big Youth and Horace Andy to the Baltic Triangle. 

Queen Zee & The Sasstones: Behind The Scenes Of The “Sissy Fists” Video

With Queen Zee & The Sasstones releasing their first music video, Shaun Ponsonby gets an exclusive behind the scenes look at these grotesquely beautiful stars in the making.

The L100 Spotlight #2: Rosh

Continuing his regular column celebrating the urban scene in the North West, DJ2Kind introduces the incredible Rosh.

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. 

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Stevie Nicks: Hyde Park, London

With the rock legends making a rare trip overseas, Shaun Ponsonby joins the sold out crowd in Hyde Park for Tom Petty’s long awaited 40th anniversary tour. 

Legendary Motor City punk band The Gories on route to Liverpool

Mark Greenwood gets all sorts of stoked to welcome The Gories to Liverpool.

The Jacksons: Haydock Park Racecourse, Liverpool

With numerous generations of his family missing out on various incarnations of The Jacksons for decades, Shaun Ponsonby finally dances, shouts and shakes his body down to the ground. 

House For The Homeless Interview: The Waveform Transmitter Announce Charity Album & Launch Party

As electronic music heads The Waveform Transmitter reveal charity record and event, Shaun Ponsonby talks to mastermind Ste Knight about the project. 

Radiohead, Junun: Old Trafford Cricket Ground, Manchester

Seeing his favourite band in the flesh, Paul Riley braves the tourists for Radiohead’s massive gig in Manchester.

Kamasi Washington: Arts Club, Liverpool

With a jazz superstar in intimate surroundings, Soulfultiz is left captivated by the great Kamasi Washington.

Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer & Boogaloo: Camp & Furnace, Liverpool

A funk and soul all-dayer? Don’t mind if we do! Shaun Ponsonby checks out Craig Charles’ Beats, Beer & Boogaloo at Camp & Furnace.

Cheap Trick: Academy, Manchester

With one of the great cult bands on a rare UK trek, Shaun Ponsonby finds Cheap Trick sounding as great as they ever did.

Tarang: Indian Music Ensemble Launching New Album At Liverpool’s Indika 2017

The groundbreaking collective are launching their new album at the Capstone Theatre, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

Kamasi Washington Comes To Liverpool This Friday

The acclaimed jazz saxophonist makes his Liverpool this week, Shaun Ponsonby reports.

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. 

Bat Sabbath, God Damn: Arts Club Loft, Liverpool

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

Africa Oyé Feat. Max Romeo, Mokoomba, Jupiter & Okwess International & More: Sefton Park, Liverpool

As Africa Oyé turns 25, Shaun Ponsonby basks in the glory of what is arguably the best weekend on the Liverpool calendar.

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul: Academy, Manchester

With the only UK date for Springsteen’s right hand man being in Manchester, Shaun Ponsonby finally gets to see one of his heroes playing a solo set in the flesh.

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.

Gallery: Positive Vibration Launch The Art of Reggae Exhibition Ahead of 2017 Festival

On the eve of Positive Vibration’s second festival, Soulfultiz headed to Art of Reggae Exhibition at Constellations.

Premiere: Shy Billy unleash new single Waiting Gracefully

Shy Billy premiere their latest single, Waiting Gracefully, exclusively with Planet Slop.

Vintage Trouble, Laurence Jones: The Ritz, Manchester

A perfect marriage of rock & soul, Shaun Ponsonby checks out California’s Vintage Trouble in Manchester.

Is Ian McNabb Really an Inside Job?

A strange Facebook page claims to be revealing the truth behind Liverpool conspiracy buster and occasional songwriter Ian McNabb, so Shaun Ponsonby tracked down the man behind it and demanded answers.

The L100 Spotlight #1: C-Two

The urban scene in the North West often goes under-represented, so we asked L100’s DJ 2Kind to write a regular column celebrating the urban underground – starting with C-Two.

Introducing The Planet Slop Events Calendar

Don’t miss a thing across Liverpool and the North West with our new collaborative events calendar.

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. 

The Holydrug Couple, Gnod, Jane Weaver & more added to Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia announce second wave of acts plus special stage curators. 

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.

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.

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