Liverpool gig guide: Saint Etienne, Roy Ayers, Peter Hook and the Light, Craig Finn and more

Saint Etienne (credit – band’s website)

October is in full swing and with one of the busiest weeks of the year gig wise, Getintothis’ Simon Kirk has all the details.

If feels like we were here just yesterday. Well, it was only last week, so close enough. Week tend to bleed into one another in this task that is life. We just carry on.

Last week was a belter for gigs. By all accounts, Creep Show and Richard Hawley put on spell-binding shows. Those in attendance at Leaf for Jesca Hoop would agree that the night was equally as great.

The week ahead promises to be just as special. From memory, this writer would strongly suggest that it’s the busiest week for gigs this year, so far.

As you’ll soon find out, nostalgia is very much the main course at the dinner table, but there’s plenty going for younger bands, this week, too.

Pom Poko are a good shout, while Yorkshire outfit, Dead Naked Hippies always put on an impressive performance, too.

Then there’s Ali Horn and Cal Ruddy for all you folk heads out there. Yes, we are negligent of missing someone out here, but you get the point. It’s a week brimming with something for everyone.

The picks from this week’s action:

Pom Poko

Pom Poko: Jacaranda Phase One, Monday October 14

The week kicks off with Norway-based art punks, Pom Poko, who arrive in our city courtesy of local promoters, Harvest Sun.

Having released their debut album, Birthday, earlier this year, Pom Poko are set to lift the fur of those willing to stick their heads into Jac Phase One on Monday night.

Peter Hook

Peter Hook & The Light: Shankly Hotel, Thursday October 17

Good old Hooky. Books have been written, floorboards of the Hacienda have (probably) been sold. What’s next but for Peter Hook & The Light to play The Hits?

Yup, the former New Order and Joy Division bassist will be playing all your favourites on the night.

Anyone hazard a guess for how many Unknown Pleasures T-shirts will be in the crowd? We’re thinking about 50ish.

Saint Etienne (Photo from artist’s Facebook page)

Saint Etienne: Everyman, Thursday October 17

While Hooky rocks out on the rooftop of the Shankly Hotel, there’s a bit more nostalgia down the road in the way of Saint Etienne.

The much revered three-piece pop pioneers return, playing seminal album, Tiger Bay, from front to back to celebrate 25 years since its release.

There will be a full live band and string section. Perhaps the gig of the week right here.

Gang of Four Entertainment! at 40 – a furious explosion of political polemic

We Were Promised Jetpacks (Credit: Harvest Sun Facebook)

We Were Promised Jetpacks: Arts Club, Loft, Friday October 18

Scottish indie rockers, We Were Promised Jetpacks, tour as a part of the tenth anniversary of their landmark release, These Four Walls.

Having finished a successful tour of the US earlier this year, Liverpool is the first stop on this tour and having spoken to many gig heads, there’s a consensus that We Were Promised Jetpacks are one of the most intense live acts in the country.

Roy Ayers

Roy Ayers: 24 Kitchen Street, Saturday October 19

Having played Glastonbury earlier this year, jazz-funk legend, Roy Ayers, is set to return for a show at 24 Kitchen Street.

The MOBO pioneer returns to Liverpool for the second time in as many years, however as most know, Ayers‘ show are as rare a hen’s teeth these days, so feel lucky that he’s back.

Craig Finn

Craig Finn

Craig Finn & The Uptown Controllers: Jacaranda Phase One, Saturday October 19

The Hold Steady mainman comes to Merseyside in support of his brilliant new long-player, I Need A New War.

One of the finest storytellers in indie rock today, Craig Finn, has been on a superb run of form in a solo capacity and for this writer, this is hands down a must see at Jacaranda Phase One.

Laura Stevenson provides support on the back of her new album (which is great), entitled, The Big Freeze.

Robyn Hitchcock

Robyn Hitchcock: Capstone Theatre, Saturday October 19

Neo-psychedelic pioneer, Robyn Hitchcock, returns to the city for a special performance at the Capstone Theatre.

Having played the Philharmonic last year, the former Soft Boys founder will be playing an eclectic mix of songs throughout his discography, including material from his latest self-titled solo release, which was released in 2017.

What else is on this week:

  • Leif Erikson: Sound Food and Drink, Monday October 14
  • Lloyd Cole: Philharmonic Hall, Monday October 14
  • Parrjazz presents Treppenwitz: The Jacaranda Club, Monday October 14
  • Stepping Tiger: Renato Paris & Straight Pocket, Burton & Miller: Jacaranda Phase One, Wendesday October 15
  • Happy Accidents Presents Oceans on Mars, Flat World Theory, Them Heavy Wigs, Citadel: The Jacaranda, Wednesday October 16
  • Kathryn Williams : The Music Room, Philharmonic Hall, Wednesday October 16
  • Cut Glass Kings: Sound Food and Drink, Thursday October 17
  • Pizzagirl In-Store: The Jacaranda, Thursday October 17
  • Ali Horn: 81 Renshaw Street, Friday October 18
  • Nine Below Zero: Arts Club, Friday October 18
  • Sea Girls: O2 Academy2, Friday October 18
  • The Night Cafe: Eventim Olympia, Friday October 18
  • Cal Ruddy: Studio2 Parr Street, Friday October 18
  • The Recreation: EBGBs, Friday October 18
  • PP Arnold featuring Steve Craddock: Grand Central Hall, Friday October 18
  • The Peach Fuzz: Jacaranda Phase One, Friday October 18
  • Henge, The Evil Usses: District, Friday, October 18
  • Circus Presents Fatboy Slim Liverpool: Bramley Moore Dock, Saturday October 19
  • Parrjazz presents Blind Monk Theory: Ma Boyles Saturday October 19
  • Ric Lee: 81 Renshaw Street, Saturday October 19
  • Saint Agnes: Arts Club, Loft, Saturday October 19
  • Gazel: Sound Food and Drink, Saturday October 19
  • Bedside Manners + special guests: EBGB’s, Saturday October 19
  • Winston Surfshirt: 24 Kitchen Street, Sunday October 20
  • Dead Naked Hippies: The Jacaranda, Sunday, October 20
  • Third Eye Blind In-Store Show / Album Signing: Jacaranda Phase One, Sunday October 20
  • KILKELLY: Leaf On Bold Street, Sunday October 20
  • Big Condo presents Hiphop Halloween: Studio 2 Parr Street, Sunday October 20

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