The UK’s first ever national live music census took place in spring 2017: for 24 hours from noon on Thursday 9th March, an army of volunteers went out and about to live music events in Glasgow, Newcastle-Gateshead, Oxford, Leeds, Southampton and Brighton (and 1st June in Liverpool), from pub gigs to massed choirs to arena concerts. A nationwide online survey for musicians, venues, promoters and audiences was online from March until June.

The intention was to help measure live music’s cultural and economic value, discover what challenges the sector is facing and inform policy to help it flourish. The census covers all genres and takes a broad definition of live music to include events featuring DJs.

The UK Live Music Census was organised by researchers from the Live Music Exchange research group, a collaboration across the universities of Edinburgh, Newcastle and the University of Turku (Finland). In 2015, the same researchers organised a pilot live music census in Edinburgh, inspired by work in Melbourne by Dobe Newton in 2012.


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This Saturday sees the release of Nick’s LP at the Scandinavian Church here in Liverpool. The album was recorded in one take in the old historic Crown Court Room of St George’s Hall, so your gonna get a similar acoustic in the church….a perfect spot for the launch show….

Tickets are extremely limited so please purchase in advance to avoid disappointment. Entry is £9 per ticket or £20 which includes ticket and a copy of the album on limited edition vinyl.


‘Daylight Ghosts’ will be available online through Mellowtone Records here on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl from a limited edition of 500 copies worldwide.


  1. Darker shade of black Jackie Mittoo- 3:14
  2. Since I found my baby The Metros 2:40
  3. Gangsters The Specials 2:55
  4. Mary Anne with the shaky hand (mono-version) The Who 2:35
  5. Sister Mamie Yusef Lateef 5:29


For those of you who don’t know John Robb divides his time between being an Author, Singer/Bass player for the THE MEMBRANES, & GOLDBLADE, Chat show host – His new chat show  SOUNDCHECK launched last week, Website owner – LOUDER THAN WAR,  Columnist, Talking head,  Record label owner LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS..the list goes on (I’m knackered just thinking about it).

The band have a remix of their INNER SPACE/OUTER SPACE LP coming out on LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS 4/11/16 with tunes remixed by Reverend & the Makers, Killing Joke, the Manic Street Preachers and many more (check below the playlist for more info )

So hot on the heels from The MEMBRANES tearing the MAGNET a new one, we asked John to pick 5 tunes that are inspiring him right now, he’s given us a cracking playlist with a few tunes weighing in over 8 minutes…Let the Music play on.


  1. Jigsaw Feeling Siouxsie and the Banshees 4:38
  2. Die Interimsliebenden Neubauten 5:03
  3. Torn by the Fox of the Crescent Moon Earth 8:54
  4. Death is the Road to Awe Clint Mansell 8:27
  5. Spiegel Im Spiegel Arvo Part 9:09

‘Inner Space/Outer Space’ features remixes of whole of the Dark Matter/Dark Energy album by Mark Lanegan, Killing Joke,Clint Mansell, Manic Street Preachers, The Pop Group,Einsturzende Neubauten, Therapy, Cosey Fanni, Keith Levene, Reverend And The Makers, Godflesh and many others that stretch the songs into new shapes which the band loved as they never play the same song in the same way themselves.

membranios1. Manic Street Preachers ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
2. Mark Lanegan ‘ Dark Energy’
3. Clint Mansell ‘The Universe Explodes Into A Billion Photons Of Pure White Light’
4. Godflesh ‘21st Century Man’
5. Keith Levene ‘Dark Matter’
6. Reverend And The Makers ‘Space Junk dub’
7. Phillip Boa ‘Do The Supernova’
8. Mark Stewart (the Pop Group) Space Junk
9. Youth (Killing Joke) Hail To The Lovers
10. Carter Tutti ‘In The Graveyard’
10. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
11. Die Fliedermaus ‘The Breathing Song’
12. Therapy ‘Hail To The Lovers’
13. Tunnelmental ‘Money Is Dust’
14. In The Nursey ‘5776 (The breathing Song)’
15. Inca Babies ‘In The Graveyard’
16. Barfak ‘Magic Eye (To See The Sky)’
17. Alexander Hacke (Einsturzende Neubauten) ‘Hum Of The Universe’
The double album is about the universe and death and was a diverse work that ranged from dislocated post punk to drone rock to neo classical to dark dub and cranked agit funk. Many websites and magazines called it one of the albums of the year and so have many musicians. So many musicians that the band decided to ask some of them to remix a track each and a remix of the whole double album has been done.

JUNKY #6 LIQUIDATION – Freaks, Geeks and Cliques

LIQUIDATION returns this Saturday 17th September. Now in a new home at the newly refurbed basement of  HEEBIES

EBGBS promises to be a ‘Spectacular Inferno of Debauchery’….So what better place for LIQUIDATION to be housed.

Head over to BIDO LITO for a tasty scoop on the return:

The new look Liquidation night features live music (The Floormen and RongoRongo grace the opening night) and the usual party-starting dance floor fillers from the team which has supplied Liverpool with a reliably excellent club night for the last 23 years.’ – BIDO LITO



  1. Way We Wont GRANDADDY 4:21
  2. Foxglove HAARM 3:12
  3. Joan Of Arc Jamie T 3:34
  4. Murdered Out Kim Gordon 3:36
  5. Enjoy Yourself Prince Buster 3:05


JUNKY 5 courtesy of Mr Jamie Roberts whose new musical collective is adjusting mindsets nationwide.

WILD FRUIT ART COLLECTIVE are tearing a belligerent and feral pysch noise hole in the fabric of music as we know it.


Cheers for taking the time dude 😉

  1. hyperballad Bjork 4:00
  2. Standing in the cold Drenge 5:36
  3. Clay Echo & the Bunnymen 4:17
  4. -ecstasy- ICEAGE 2:30
  5. THE Whale Song Modest Mouse 6:05


This one is out a bit later than promised, but as the saying goes better late than never…I guess if I asked Andy again to send tunes over the 5 probably would’ve changed in the time that’s passed…

Nevertheless hes picked five boss songs. Apart from being a great music photographer and writer he also has the best put downs and on liners on Facebook…

Head over to his Website THEVPME.COM and check out his work….to pull a line from his write up on Festival No6 ‘ …been shat on by an incontinent Pterodactyl’ classic…..

Head over to his site – great pictures and poetic writing…Thanks for taking the time dude 😉

  1. angelic milk-Tie Me Up 3:16
  2. Hater - _First Time_ (Official video) 2:59
  3. Pink Flames - I'm Just A Star On A Democratic Flag 3:19
  4. YASSASSIN - Social Politics 4:05


Our new feature PROPERGANDER throws the best of our favourite sites your way, its a slimmed down version so head over to the original site for more content…links to be found below…


Under a psychedelic moon of fiery red rose a hallucinogenic idea, Skeleton Coast Festival, designed to bring the most mid-expanding, psychotropic trip to Merseyside’s bohemian music scene in well over a decade.

It’s very rare that Wirral is blessed with great music events – missing out to sisters and brothers across the Mersey, but, Coda Maine Presents are changing that, partnering up with Skeleton Key and Hoylake Beacon, the debut of Skeleton Coast Festival on Hoylake Parade on Saturday 6th August is set to go down in local folklore.

Boasting DJ sets from The Coral and Johnny Thieves, food, vinyl and clothes stalls, Skeleton Coast is appealing to the masses, adding more variety to the 16-act strong lineup.

Speaking to Coda’s main guy, Martin Moseley, he said: “It’s been in the pipeline for quite a while now.

“Both myself and Alfie (Skelly) being Wirral folk, we have spoken at length for a couple of years of how a small festival would go down in the area.”

The idea of Coda Maine Presents stemmed from Martin’s previous bar, venue and local holy grail, The Coda Maine – a venue that gave many local artists their chance to shine including Marvin Powell and Jo Mary. Since the sad closure of the venue, Martin conceived Coda Main Presents in an attempt to keep the music alive and now, the once small-time company has started venturing outside the peninsula, growing ever-so-more by the day.

In Martin’s opinion, the last festival to be of any note was 13 years ago, A Mid Summers Night Scream, New Brighton which included artists such as The Coral and The Libertines, so there’s certainly been a huge gaping hole in Wirral’s live calendar, leaving room for Skeleton Coast to grow.

Boasting artists such as She Drew The Gun, The Wicked Whispers, By The Sea and Edgar Summertyme Jones, Skeleton Coast’s line-up mirrors the successes of Merseyside: “We were a tad selfish when choosing the lineup, approaching all our favourite local acts to play.”
Other acts include: trippy youngsters Psycho Comedy, hotly tipped Minnetonka, our favourite singer-songwriter, Marvin Powell, GIT award nominees, Rongorongo, barmy Bathymetry, telephone loving Tom Low – breathe -, grunge rock fivesome, The Floormen, the mysterious Mysterines, crazy cats Buffalo Riot and cool kid, Rory Wynne.

With enough variety for everyone, there has been many a debate over what state the music scene is in Wirral, Martin said: “Merseyside has a fantastic scene, Wirral always seems to over-looked though… most Wirral acts always get labelled as hailing from Liverpool – which isn’t the case, we have The Coral, The Sundowners, She Drew The Gun, Bill Ryder Jones, By The Sea and young promising acts like The Mysterines and Jo Mary – the list is actually endless.”

Also throwing one of the UK’s biggest success stories of the underground, The Wytches to stir up the pot, the foreboding grunge sound will only compliment the local river song.
The Wytches – Ruth Kilpatrick
As for any surprises, i’m sure goers will be in for a treat: “I was all for midget waiters but it was slightly over budget for us.” Martin told us.”The Birkenhead tranny is hotly tipped to join The Wytches on stage and I believe there will be a preview of the much anticipated seasonal album ‘Ian Skelly Does Christmas’ oh and Bob Picken will be playing in drag!” – Martin’s got it covered.

However, the team remain optimistic: “There’s been a really positive response and loads of interest from what i’ve heard, the only downside is that ticket sales for gigs ain’t what they used to be so locals need stand up and be counted.

“Even if ten people come we’ll still be doing something that’s not being done over here.”If you book them, they will come” Jim Morrison – Wayne’s World 2.”

Skeleton Coast is set to be the jamboree of the century, and who knows, when asked if it’ll be happening again next year, the reply: “Yes definitely if people get behind it, there’s a lot of potential for festivals on the Wirral with some amazing spaces so the scope for next year is huge!”

For more information visit the Skeleton Coast Festival event page. Tickets are £20 and can be found here





A man (who for most) needs no intro, creator of THRESHOLD festival, spinner of vinyl here and there, speaker of truths on various music industry panels and of course much more besides……and dare we say it, MUSIC JUNKY….we give you 5 of Chris’s current favourites……thanks for taking time time dude!

Here’s to THRESHOLD 2017

As ever with the artists featured on JUNKY we urge you to seek them out, buy their tunes & go and see them in the flesh….x



  1. BadBadNotGood - Time Moves Slow feat. Sam Herring 4:34
  2. DJ Shadow - Nobody Speak (feat. Run the Jewels) 3:18
  3. Metronomy - Old Skool 4:28
  4. Michael Kiwanuka - Black Man In A White World 3:34
  5. She Drew The Gun - Poem 4:30


Junky 2 sees Neil Grant sharing the 5 tunes that are twisting his melon man…. known to many for his musical output as LO FIVE and EMOTION WAVE the electronica night he hosts …check the link HERE for the EMOTION WAVE group if you want to link up with like minds and access info on new dates etc….you can access the LO FIVE Bandcamp HERE

  1. Com Truise - Forgive 3:27
  2. Plaid - Clocks 4:38
  3. Lone - Triple Helix 3:36
  4. Ex-Terrestrial - Paraworld 8:32


Got questions about the music industry and musicians/venues post-Brexit?

Following on from BREXIT, a discussion with heads in the know…..


Time to start doing things rather than letting this descend into chaos.
Got questions about the music industry and musicians/venues post-Brexit? Join Summer of Love 2016 this Monday 11 July at The Macbeth Of Hoxton from 7pm for a discussion about what we all do next. Panel featuring a lot of people who actually know what they are talking about….plus me’
Hope to see you there – let’s start taking some positive action.’ – Mark Davyd CEO Music Venue Trust

London based & those prepared to travel check HERE for more info







Thanks to Mark Davyd for the heads up….