Festival Preview: Liverpool Music Week 2016Liverpool Music Week 2016

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Words: Elena Katrina

lmw16Liverpool Music Week has been a highlight of the Liverpool music scene’s calendar since as long as I can remember. It brings together an eclectic mix of bands from various stages of their careers and always gives a strong focus on the local area’s new music. This gives great opportunities for music fans both near and far, to watch shows that aren’t necessarily part of a tour and to discover new acts too. If you are looking for something different and dazzlingly autumnal then can we please suggest you take up the incredible opportunity to watch cult horror maestro  John Carpenter as he takes to the Olympia in time for Halloween on the 28th of October.

The festival too has teamed up with DIY magazine too to create a special best of new music set of gigs, several of which have already sold out. Of course, for us, doing what we do, we have a huge focus on these shows as they feature many of the bands we have been writing about, watching live and listening to for the last 12-18 months or so.

If you are looking for a party to kick-start your weekend though it will no doubt be provided by Liverpool Music Week’s Closing Party on Friday 4th. Here, again, you’ll find an eclectic collection of musicians, from all over but heavy on the best of local acts from all kinds of genres, meaning you’ll never be lost for something new to discover whatever your taste.

Ones to Watch


I first saw Zuzu live at Festevol earlier in the year and she and her band impressed so much it felt like an eternity until the release of Get Off. Since then I have championed her every which was possible and we can’t wait to catch her, and band!, support Clean Cut Kid at their sold out show at the Arts Club on the 28th. If you’re headed – get there early, do not miss out!

Find Zuzu on Facebook

Listen to Get Off here:


Dream Wife

The first time I heard Hey Heartbreaker by Dream Wife I was sold, hook, line and sinker. Those vocals!  Sweet nnocent vocals, I always imagine, to be accompanied by big and wide eyes. Vocals that eventually turn into a loud roaring wolf  before then moving on to a coy tease, letting you think everything is safe again before the full moon makes yet another appearance. The move of emotion in the vocals is only just one element that I loved to be fair. I could continue to go on and on but I won’t… just listen for yourselves.

Find Dream Wife on Facebook

Listen to  Hey Heartbreaker here:



Ovvls are a band who only played their first show at the very start of the year and have just returned from a headline tour in the US. The duo have worked hard to discover and firm up their sound, their look and their release plan before unleashing their talents onto an unsuspecting public. Their dark gothic sounds are hypnotic and enticing and lure you forward into their spooky web of sounds, where you’ll not mind one bit about your eventual capture.

Find Ovvls on Facebook.

Listen to Abandoned Ship  here:


Big Safari

With a true flair for hinting at the darker sounds of 80s indie, Big Safari are a delight to watch live. Big sounds and true showmanship, which, is so often found lacking in so many bands these days, just because it’s not the current fashion. Their sound, at times, too harks back also to 70s Glam Rock as well as managing somehow to throw in some psychedelic garage odds n sods, making for a really creative combination. You’ll discover a glorious vocal warble, strutting bass and quite frankly all round good fun.

Find Big Safari on Facebook

Listen to Elephant Walk here:

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