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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Paul Foot: Laughterhouse, Liverpool

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

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. 

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.  

The Killers: Echo Arena, Liverpool

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

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 […]

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?

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 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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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 […]

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

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 […]

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. 

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Vintage Trouble, Laurence Jones: The Ritz, Manchester

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

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.

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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