Alistair Fruish’s The Sentence Set For Florrie Performance

5 readers. 1 novel. 1 sentence. 1 syllable per word. 0 punctuation. The Sentence is coming to The Florrie.

Chibuku Present J Hus And More At IWF – WIN TICKETS

Chibuku pile on the grime for their next Liverpool event and have peaked the interest of Mark Johnstone in the process.

Threshold Festival Announce Across The Threshold

The ever popular annual event of grass roots music and arts are returning with a new event for 2018 and tease a retool for 2019. Shaun Ponsonby reports. 

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.

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.

Robert Plant, Seth Lakeman: The Olympia, Liverpool

In arguably the finest large venue in the city, Paul Riley finds a rock icon far from playing it safe. 

Positive Vibration Announce First Wave Of Acts For 2018

The festival of reggae is returning to the Baltic Triangle for a third year in June.

Queen + Adam Lambert: Echo Arena, Liverpool

The favourite band of his youth, Shaun Ponsonby heads to the Echo Arena to find out whether Queen are still the champions with Adam Lambert. 

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. 

Blick Bassy: Philharmonic Hall Music Rooms, Liverpool

Bringing 25 years of Africa Oye to a close, Shaun Ponsonby sees a performance of sheer class from French-Cameroon artist Blick Bassy.

Mac DeMarco, Montero: Mountford Hall, Liverpool

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

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 […]

Ibibio Sound Machine & More Announced For Sound City 2018

Sound City announce the first wave of acts for their 2018 edition, but there is one band exciting Planet Slop head and shoulders above the rest.

Paul Foot: Laughterhouse, Liverpool

In the perfect surroundings of the Laughterhouse, Alan Parry finds Paul Foot reminiscent of Robin Williams in his pomp. 

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. 

Bar Mont Blanc Opens In Cains Brewery

A cosy ski lodge will do just fine in the winter months. Planet Slop heads to the latest incarnation of Kiosk.

Patti Smith Announces 2018 UK Shows Including Manchester Date

Patti Smith confirms summer Manchester show as part of two solo UK dates. 

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. 

The Radar: Astles – Full of Wonder

Ahead of the release of Astles’ debut studio effort, Planet Slop talk to the hotly tipped artist and have an exclusive listen to his first EP.

Alice Cooper, The Mission, The Tubes: Manchester Arena

The shock rock icon returns with the original band for the first time in 46 years, and welcomes Shaun Ponsonby to his nightmare. 

KingFast wins Merseyrail Sound Station 2017

As the Jamaican born singer-songwriter wins the fifth Sound Station competition, Shaun Ponsonby listens to his soulful debut EP One Day. 

Little Steven & The Disciples of Soul: O2 Academy & The Cavern, Liverpool

Consigliere to both Bruce Springsteen and Tony Soprano, Little Steven wows Liverpool with two very different shows in one day. Superfan Shaun Ponsonby wasn’t going to miss them for the […]

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. 

Blondie, Mustang: O2 Apollo, Manchester

With Blondie’s new album arguably being their most popular in two decades, Shaun Ponsonby finds a band far from resting on their laurels.  

Download Festival 2018 To Be Headlined By Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne & Avenged Sevenfold

Download Festival calls upon the reunited G’n’R to headline in 2018. 

The Killers: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Vicky Pea finally catches the band that has inexplicably eluded her since the glorious summer of ’04. 

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. 

Squeeze, Nine Below Zero: Liverpool Philharmonic

With Squeeze expertly showing us how it’s done, Alan Parry finds out what grown ups do on a night out. 

LMW Closing Party ft Perfume Genius, AJ Tracey, Everything Everything & More

With regular indie faces on stage, and some genuinely exciting MC’s relegated downstairs, Shaun Ponsonby, Vicky Pea and Lorna Doughtery think it’s time for Liverpool’s hip hop scene to come […]

Captain Beefheart To Be Celebrated With Weekend Of Events In Liverpool + Slop Comp!

Cult musician Captain Beefheart is at the centre of a weekend of specially created events across Liverpool to celebrate his life and works.

Preview: Marker Starling at Naked Lunch Cafe, Liverpool

The Toronto native comes to Liverpool for an incredibly rare show. Paul Fitzgerald has the lowdown. 

World ADP Riot Tour Crowdfund To Send L8 Youngsters to NYC

A crowdfund has been set up in order to send a group of young people from Liverpool to New York as part of the World ADP Riot Tour. 

Liverpool Music Week: Childhood, TVME: The Magnet, Liverpool

Wednesday night may not be raring for a party, but Shaun Ponsonby finds a warm reception for Childhood.

Liverpool Music Week: Dawn Penn, Dub Defenders at District

Positive Vibration brings another reggae legend to Liverpool as part of Music Week. As if Shaun Ponsonby would miss this one.

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 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?

L100 Spotlight #5: Tony Broke

A Liverpool hip hop veteran with a beer swigging, foul mouthed, occasionally homeless, street fighting and penniless alter ego. DJ2Kind introduces us to the artist formerly known as T.L.

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. 

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.

Liverpool Music Week: Abstract Orchestra Plays Madvillainy: 24 Kitchen Street, Liverpool

As the Abstract Orchestra makes an inevitable return to the city, DJ2Kind watches them triumph in a re-imagining of a hip hop classic. 

Wu Tsang’s Under Cinema Featuring Kelela Premieres At FACT

Wu Tsang interrogates reality in new commission Under Cinema featuring  critically lauded singer Kelela.

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. 

Liverpool Music Week: Chic Featuring Nile Rodgers: Echo Arena, Liverpool

Liverpool Music Week brings us the good times, and it leaves Shaun Ponsonby wondering how many hits you can fit in one show.

My Name Is Prince Exhibition Opens In London – A First Look Inside

Traveling down to London’s O2 Arena, Shaun Ponsonby became one of the first people to view the items on display at the world premiere of the official Prince exhibition. 

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”.

Secret Circus To Venture Down the Rabbit Hole At Studio 2

The unique showcase that is Liverpool’s Secret Circus returns for two new events of unpredictable performance art.

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.

Fiesta Bombarda Announce Their First Ever NYE Carnival

Fiesta Bombarda reveals its carnival offering for New Years Eve at the Invisible Wind Factory. 

Reel Big Fish, The Skints, Mad Caddies, Sweet Little Machine: O2 Academy, Liverpool

Mark Johnstone gets his skank on as Reel Big Fish fuel the fire at the O2 Academy. 

Preview: Ride at the O2 Academy, Liverpool

Stephen Lewin goes in search of some interesting shoes to stare at in preparation of Ride’s arrival in Liverpool with new material in tow to boot. 

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.

Paul Foot Interview: “What if Spiderman was a right bigot?”

Alan Parry quizzes comedian Paul Foot on his wacky inspiration, ties, politics, piglets and more ahead of his live show at Liverpool’s Slaughter House. 

Preview: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

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

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Five: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Impropriety’s improvised soap opera The Happening is coming to the end of its run at 81 Renshaw Street. Sean Broadhurst returns to take in the penultimate episode and reflects on […]

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. 

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. 

Elevant, SPQR, Black Pudding, Salt The Snail & Bleach Sweets: IWF Substation, Liverpool

Paul Riley embraces the Freak Scene – and the whiskey – and the rock – at Loner Noises’ Freak Scene All-Dayer. 

Interview With Man Booker Prize Winner George Saunders

Sean Broadhurst talks to Man Booker Prize 2017 winner George Saunders about obsession, capitalism and satire in the age of Trump. 

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. 

Preview: Fueling The Fire Tour With Reel Big Fish & More

A celebration of rock, ska, punk and reggae, Mark Johnstone reports on the Fueling The Fire welcomeing Reel Big Fish as the headliners for this year’s trek.

FLYTE, SPINN, TV ME: Buyers Club, Liverpool

Paul Fitzgerald joins a sold out crowd at the Buyers Club to discover the true definition of a band on an evening of one special monent after another. 

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. 

Kanda Bongo Man: Music Room, Liverpool Philharmonic

Paul Fitzgerald enjoys two full hours of unremittingly joyous Congolese wonder at the Liverpool Philharmonic’s Music Room with Kanda Bongo Man. 

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Four: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Sean Broadhurst is witness to a mushroom related murder in the improv county of Kazimier-shire in Episode 4 of The Happening.

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Three: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

The laughs turn to genuine emotion for episode three of Impropriety’s improvised soap opera, and Sean Broadhurst finally avoided becoming part of the show.

Preview: FLYTE at Buyers Club, Liverpool

The London alt-pop quartet return to the city after a triumphant gig at Magnet last year. Paul Fitzgerald reports. 

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.

Preview: Moonchild at Band On The Wall, Manchester

With their famous fans including Laura Mvula, Don Letts and Robert Glasper, Soulfultiz is a little excitable for Moonchild’s Manchester show next week.  

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Laughter Locker, Everyman Bistro

The only all-female line-up at the Liverpool Comedy Festival, Sean Broadhurst took in Laughter Locker and found it a refreshing antidote to a male dominated industry. 

Preview: Lethal Bizzle at the O2 Ritz, Manchester

Lethal Bizzle is back! And Mark Johnstone is ready for his Manchester gig in October. 

Liverpool Heavily Represented In 2017 UK Festival Award Shortlists

Liverpool Music Festivals shortlisted for multiple 2017 UK Festival Awards. 

Shellac, Iona Fortune: Manchester Academy 2

Michael Edward joins a shawl of sound engineers as they swarm to witness Shellac at the Manchester Academy 2. 

Preview: Kanda Bongo Man

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

Galactic Funk Militia: O2 Academy, Liverpool

A virgin to The Funk, Sean Broadhurst becomes a bona fide convert at the homecoming concert for Liverpool’s galactic funk soldiers.

Metallica: The Life Of A ‘Tallica Fan Ahead Of Manchester Arena Gig

As Metallica prepare to bring their WorldWired tour to the Manchester Arena Paul Riley takes a trip down memory lane.

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. 

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Greg Davies, Empire Theatre

Greg Davies brought his You Magnificent Beast tour to Liverpool Comedy Festival, and Alan Parry found a man with the energy of a man half his age. 

Impropriety Presents The Happening – Episode Two: 81 Renshaw Street, Liverpool

Having unwittingly become part of the show during episode one of Impropriety’s improvised soap opera, Sean Broadhurst was determined not to let the same thing happen at episode two. 

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. 

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 Comedy Festival: Cabaret From The Shadows

As part of Liverpool Comedy Festival Vicky Pea attends her first Cabaret show, with a twist. 

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. 

Ghosts Of: Exploring Ghoulish Tales & Locations Across The UK

Ghosts Of is a new online series that sees a group of friends tackle some of the British Isle’s spookiest spots.

Liverpool Comedy Festival: Impropriety Presents The Happening

An improvised spoof soap opera? Why not? Sean Broadhurst takes in episode one of Impropriety’s The Happening. 

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.

We Are Grime Interview: “Grime can no longer be ignored”

As Liverpool finally gets a regular Grime night, Shaun Ponsonby speaks to We Are Grime’s Alexa Humphries about the importance of providing a central platform for a style of music […]

Metal Liverpool Presents Different Trains 1947 At Edge Hill

Different Trains 1947 to premiere in Liverpool before showings in London and India. 

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 […]

WRONG Festival Announces 2018 Return To Liverpool Docklands

WRONG, a Festival for the Freakscene, is returning in spring 2018 for another day and night of noise. 

Squeeze Returning To The Phil This November

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

PZYK Survival Guide: Liverpool International Festival Of Psychedelia 2017 PLUS Competition

Do’s, don’t’s, when’s, where’s, how’s, who’s and more from Planet Slop’s Vicky Pea.

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. 

John Murry to bring A Short History Of Decay to Liverpool for unmissable show

Paul Fitzgerald enchants us with a brief history of American singer-songwriter John Murry ahead of intimate show at the Naked Lunch Cafe. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Roy Ayers: 24 Kitchen St, Liverpool

Packed into a venue that may have been too small for a gig of this size, Paul Riley tries to enjoy jazz legend Roy Ayers during a night of ups […]

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.

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.

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.

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?

Preview: Van Morrison At Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

Mark Johnstone savours the arrival of Van Morrison to Liverpool. 

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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