Author: Caitlin Bowring

Louis Jayy + The Soul Collective, Tori Cross @ HUS | Gig Review

Tori Cross Moving to Liverpool in 2013 and settling here on a diet of open mics and festivals, Cross now sings with a 3-piece band who underpin her melodies with accompaniment that is at once delicate and pungently funky. Her originals ‘Hometown’, ‘When We Were Younger’, and Spotify debut ‘Italy’ are well-crafted soul gems reminiscent of the Lianne La Havas, Corinne Bailey Rae brand of soul RnB, and Cross delivers Etta James’ ‘I’d Rather Go Blind’ with all the bitter sassiness of the beaten and bruised lover. Throughout the short set Cross’ velveteen voice rides the waves and troughs...

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Sound City to return to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle for Spring 2018

The multi award-winning Sound City, one of Europe’s leading metropolitan festivals of music and arts, is returning to Liverpool’s city centre with over 250 artists for its 11th year in May 2018. “We are all very happy to be bringing Sound City back to its roots and hosting 2018’s weekend in May in the Baltic Triangle. It’s the perfect place to really capture the magic of what Sound City was always built upon, and what we are bringing back – taking in lots of inspiring and wild shows, all within minutes’ walk from each other, with a vast range of live...

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Wolf Alice | Singles Review

In the lead-up to sophomore album Visions of a Life, due out 29 September, folk/grunge lovechild Wolf Alice have made nothing but excellent first single choices to prime us for its release; hopes are high for the sequel to Mercury Prize-nominated debut My Love Is Cool. Even though much of the album is still under wraps until the end of the month, it’s hard to imagine a better first single choice than ‘Yuk Foo’, a track that ignited crazed anticipation for the impending album. Primal and rude, for a full two minutes Ellie Rowsell whispers and screams her way...

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DENIO | Interview and Review

The Liverpool-born indie four-piece made their Cavern Club debut last week in style. Animated onstage and warmly personable offstage, in a crowded dressing room surrounded by multiple guitar cases and other PA paraphernalia, pre-performance DENIO are found to be talkative and upbeat about the gig. Do they get nervous? Only lead singer Mike answers in the affirmative, “I always am, but its a sign I really care!”, he grins, however not a trace of tension can be seen during their half-hour set, the group at complete ease from the opening arpeggios of set-starter ‘Inhale Exhale’. Having met in school and...

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Africa Oyé – Liverpool’s African and Caribbean festival celebrates 25th Anniversary this weekend

  Africa Oyé 2017 – 25th Anniversary Festival Sefton Park, Liverpool Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th June 2017 12:30pm – 9:30pm both days / Admission: FREE. The Africa Oyé festival is the biggest free celebration of African and Caribbean music and culture in the UK, taking place every June in the picturesque surroundings of Sefton Park in Liverpool. Having grown from humble beginnings in 1992 as a series of gigs in the city centre, Oyé now attracts crowds of over 50,000 people from all over the world each year and is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2017. Liverpool’s leading world...

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