Stealing Sheep (c) Tate Liverpool_web.jpeg

Stealing Sheep: Blueprint for Success


Prepare yourself for a weekend celebrating art, music, dance and performance across Liverpool. Getting proceedings underway with a bang, the Blueprint Festival welcomes indie-folk darlings, Stealing Sheep to the party… Tate Collective’s Sumuyya...

Anton Newcombe, Brian Jonestown Massacre

The Big Interview: Anton Newcombe


With one foot on stage ahead of a show in Dublin and with a Liverpool show this coming Saturday, The Brian Jonestown Massacre’s frontman Anton Newcombe talks to Joseph Viney about his affinity for...

Africa Oyé 2014 courtesy Pete Goodbody @p3dro

In Pictures: Africa Oyé 2014


Pete Goodbody shares with us his photographic highlights from the UK’s largest, free African music festival… Africa Oyé attracted record crowds in Liverpool’s Sefton Park this year; partly because of the weather, but it...

Immix Ensemble launch at the Bluecoat, Liverpool (Images courtesy Wes Storey)

Breathing New Life Into Experimental Practice — Immix Ensemble


Launching with Ex Easter Island Head and composer Joseph Hillyard, Jon Davies finds a new ensemble loaded with openness and charm…  Although Liverpool’s performing music calendar can never be accused of a lack of...

Sounds From the Other City, returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 4th May

No Lists, No Diaries, No Apps Required: Sounds From The Other City Festival


Activists? Techno in a parish church? Unpronounceable band names? Robert Cutforth considers the joys of Greater Manchester’s most bonkers festival… I have been to Salford exactly three times and always by accident. I suppose that’s...

Space // Sound at the Bluecoat (c) Nata Moraru and Deep Hedonia

Turning Drawing On Its Head: SPACE//SOUND


Maja Lorkowska takes a line for a walk with a group of innovative sound artists… Arts and music promoters Deep Hedonia and artist-focused free sheet Drawing Paper recently got together to bring us a...

Kraftwerk: Uncovered A Future Past, Liverpool Philharmonic

Kraftwerk Uncovered: A Future Past


Nathan Richardson expects a tribute to Kraftwerk and instead discovers an evening of roaring, mesmeric experimentation… “What’s past is Prologue” — William Shakespeare. It is perhaps not much of an icebreaker when Icebreaker, the 12-piece...

Dean Blunt

“A near hallucinatory occurrence”: Dean Blunt at Blade Factory


Our live art critic C James Fagan witnesses this solo artist’s sensational (and terrifying) blend of music and performance art… Where does all this begin? At the invitation to write about the upcoming...

Vinyl Renaissance

Vinyl Renaissance


With vinyl sales at an all time high, Fred Johnson explores the reverence and psychology behind our obsession with analogue… 2013 marks the renaissance of the humble record. The British Recorded Music Industry...