Culture Diary w/c 06-02-2012

Tuesday 7 – Evol Presents We Were Promised Jetpacks plus support from and Fieldhouse @ The Shipping Forecast, 8pm, £7 adv

Signed to respected indie, Fat Cat Records and bearing the influence of Biffy Clyro’s earlier material, Scottish indie rock foursome, We Were Promised Jetpacks are set to perform The Shipping Forecast. Their last UK date before appearing at Austin’s hipster paradise SXSW, it’s all in a night’s work for a band reputed for their hard-gigging ethic. Touring their latest record, In The Pit of The Stomach, catch them now, cos it’s all US dates in the near future.

Thursday 9 – Speakeasy – Bootleg Jazz Band @ Mello Mello 8pm Free Entry

The first of a new monthly event at the eclectic but cool Mello Mello, brings Jeff Lewis’s implausible Speakeasy classic jazz gang. Some say the term ‘speakeasy’ was coined during prohibition era America, from a patron’s manner of ordering alcohol without raising suspicion – bartenders telling patrons to be quiet and ‘speak easy’. Coming to Mello Mello, Speakeasy are purveyors of the “Finest quality bootleg music since records began….”

Expect a thrilling mix of jive and Harlem swing, the music of the Cotton Club and Birdland, with a modern “electro” edge.

Friday 10/Saturday 11/Sunday 12 – Threshold Festival, various venues

With the event initially brought to life by Under the Influence last February at the CUC, Threshold Festival proved something Liverpool had been waiting for. With a generous amount of music, art and theatre being brought together under one roof, positive feedback resulted in a more ambitious programme for 2012. After it was announced CUC was having to close its doors, big questions were raised about the future of Threshold.

With support of the public, the local venues and the cities promoters, Threshold festival is taking place in the city once again; no longer under one roof but several, the dedication to championing grass roots is still very much at the heart of the festival and with a hell of a line up this is a three day event you don’t want to miss.

Opening Ceremony 5pm outside CUC Liverpool, followed by an evening of music, performances & entertainment.

See the full line up here

Saturday 11 – The Lightning Seeds @ O2 Academy Liverpool 7.00pm £22.50

Pop star, post punk innovator and producer (working with Echo And The Bunnymen, The Coral and The Zutons), Ian Broudie is part of the fabric of the Liverpool and UK pop culture. Perhaps best known in his Lightning Seeds incarnation, whose hits have included Lucky You, Marvelous, and Change, they play a cozy (ish) hometown gig at the 02 academy this weekend.

Natalie Williams

Posted on 06/02/2012 by thedoublenegative