Image courtesy Keith Ainsworth for Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

Go For Broke, Liverpool Psych Fest


Joseph Viney samples the broad church of psych at Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, and wonders whether expansion and relocation should be on the cards… With 2015 being its fourth year of existence, and...

Yaw Owusu -- Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF)

“When the city council gave me the role I believe they were making a statement”: LIMF’s Yaw Owusu


Music entrepreneur and Liverpool International Music Festival curator Yaw Owusu talks to Toby Hood about being the new kid on the block, linking Liverpool to South Africa, and his love for everything from Tupac and...

LIV-BCN (Barcelona): Marnie. All images courtesy Dani Cantó

“Two cities that relentlessly draw in and export talent”: LIV-BCN (Barcelona) — Reviewed


Alex Harrington enjoys Marnie, Univers and more at the first leg of this year’s LIV-BCN summer festival… A ship sliding along the horizon towards Barcelona and a ship on the Mersey heading for...

Iggy Pop (L) and Danny Fields (R) by Brigid Berlin

Danny Fields, Viv Albertine & Jane Weaver @ Liverpool Sound City 2015


Violence, death and dogged determination: Laura Robertson charts the meteoric rise and fall (and rise again) of three industry pioneers at this year’s Sound City conference… A welcome addition to Friday’s conference line-up saw an...

Dave Pichilingi and crowd, GIT Awards 2015, image courtesy Keith Ainsworth

GIT Awards 2015 — Reviewed


Worth shouting about: Joshua Potts finds a distinct lack of scepticism and a great deal of energy and invention at this year’s Merseyside music award… Many things stand out from Saturday’s gathering of...

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Liverpool International Jazz Fest — Our Highlights


With jazz infiltrating and influencing contemporary genres — everything from psychedelia to electronica — what better moment to celebrate its diversity, says Christopher Brown… There was an almost depressing number of shrugged shoulders when the Mercury Music...

Ji Liu 2015

“In the composer’s mind, all the emotional feelings are hidden between the notes”: Ji Liu


A fashionista, a breakdancer… and an internationally acclaimed pianist and composer? Jennifer Tsai meets a young musician trying to work out who he is whilst soaring the heights of fame… On a cold...

Philip Jeck, Vinyl Requiem (video still)

Surreal And Optimistic: Philip Jeck’s Vinyl Requiem Replayed


What do 180 Dansette record players have to say about future forms of music and art? Alastair Dunn on a surreal composition that, 21 years on, still has something progressive to say about the spirit of creativity… The...


Laptops Vs Guitars: Towards A New Performance Aesthetic


How do electronic musicians navigate the tricky sphere of live performance? David Tate talks exclusively to artist Kepla about ‘boring’ laptop shows, utilising technology, and winning over sceptical audiences… In spite of its growing ubiquity, there still remains...