WATCH: Skiddle shine a light on Liverpool music Scene

Skiddle recently published a video on the constant flux of our music venues.

Whilst this is a plight that is nationwide, Liverpool has certainly been hit hard over the years…

Even though it was put together some time ago, it’s still good to see our venues and night life highlighted in such a way.

The ‘film’ includes prominent heads, giving their take on the current shape/state of the scene and the independent venues that make up our beloved musical landscape.

Definitely mixed emotions whilst watching, proud of our city, the venues and yet frustrated and angry when you see the hard work and investment, not to mention the communities that spring up around these venues, steamrolled by developers.

Developers that wouldn’t have been drawn to the area had it not been for the venues, punters and the visionaries who breathed life into these areas.

We’ve all seen it loop over and over, to the point where apathy kicks in and people become resigned to the fact that nothing can be done to stop the gentrification of our key spaces.

Not to say people don’t stand up and go down without a fight, but historically this hasn’t led to many victories…



Throughout the ‘film’ there are some very valid points made: Dave McTague quite rightly points out that our attention is now (more than ever) fragmented and its harder for venues/promoters to actually draw us in and get us to pay for tickets to watch live music, a point that Joe Maryanji elaborates on when he mentions advances tickets sales. The kind of thing smaller promoters/venues can only dream of…

Not to say its all bad…Our city still has great venues with more popping up and new and old promoters alike still fighting the fight of the front line. Liverpool has been on this merry go round since the sixties, with different influences playing a hand in changing the landscape, but essentially its the same shit, different decade.

So take a look at the vid and realise that now more than ever if you really believe in the venues you love and the music that passes through, then as a punter you need to put your money where your mouth is.


Independent Venue Week is nearly upon us so take a look at Phase One and the Jac as a starting point to see whats going on around the city.


I just cut & paste the press release, does that make me idle!?  I know some writers (serious journalistas) would baulk at this & cry & whinge & bang on about ‘cut & paste’ journalism….but who gives a shit…it was too tempting because it contains the whole SHEBANG (check out the tour dates, video links etc)

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Following the single’s debut with Steve Lamacq on 6 Music (listen to recent session here) and ahead of a live performance for Annie Mac on Radio 1, IDLES have shared another new song off their much-anticipated new LP ‘Joy as an Act of Resistance,’ out 31st August via Partisan. “Great” is a pro-immigration black comedy (“Islam didn’t eat your hamster/change isn’t a crime”) as well as a scathing confrontation of the Brexit/Trump era. The song is accompanied by a music video (directed by Theo Watkins), which you can watch here:

Singer Joe Talbot says of the track: “Let us go forward with open minds and open hearts into that fuck off fire we’ve started. No blame, no hate. Just love and a blue passport.”

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance’ bluntly addresses everything from toxic masculinity, immigration, racism, nationalism + more. The band are able to channel those weighty subjects though pure positivity and even biting humor.

Earlier this month IDLES also announced an art exhibition to celebrate the release of their album.

Open for two days, between 12pm and 8pm, and curated by the band, the exhibition will take place at:

HM Electrics Gallery
65 Nile St.
London N1 7RD

The gallery will contain 18 pieces of work across several mediums, with contributions from:

Orlando Weeks
Nigel Talbot
Tao Lapsley
Russell Oliver
Robin Stewart
Tom Ham
Dapper Signs
Chris Nicholls
Ed Barrett
Beth Cater

The gallery will be free entry and artwork on display available to buy, with all proceeds going to the Samaritans charity.

The band have also announced a run of live in-store dates around the album:

30 Aug UK London, Banquet Records, 9pm
31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 3pm
31 Aug UK Bristol, Rough Trade, 7pm
03 Sep UK Portsmouth, Pie and Vinyl, 1pm
03 Sep UK Brighton, Resident, 6.30pm
04 Sep UK London, Rough Trade East, 7pm
05 Sep UK Sheffield, Record Junkee, 1pm
05 Sep UK Nottingham, Rough Trade, 7.30pm
06 Sep UK Leeds, Crash Records, 1pm
06 Sep UK Manchester, FOPP, 5.30pm
07 Sep UK Cardiff, Spiller Records, 7pm

“Great” is the fourth song to be released from IDLES’s much-anticipated upcoming album “Joy As An Act Of Resistance.” Produced by Space and mixed by Adam Greenspan & Nick Launay (Arcade Fire, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kate Bush), The album takes aim at everything from nationalism and immigration to class inequality – all while maintaining a visceral, infectious positivity. Singer Joe Talbot summarises: “This album is an attempt to be vulnerable to our audience and to encourage vulnerability; a brave naked smile in this shitty new world. We have stripped back the songs and lyrics to our bare flesh to allow each other to breathe, to celebrate our differences, and act as an ode to communities and the individuals that forge them. Because without our community, we’d be nothing.”

Read Joe’s full statement on the album’s inspiration and origins here.

Watch the video for album opener “Colossus” 

This autumn, IDLES will embark on their first ever global tour, including their biggest London headliner yet at O2 Forum Kentish Town on 18th October. Their last London headliner, at Heaven, sold out nearly six months in front.

Tickets are on sale now HERE

Watch the video for anthemic single “Danny Nedelko

‘Joy as an Act of Resistance.’
Out August 31st on Partisan Records


1. Colossus
2. Never Fight a Man With a Perm
3. I’m Scum
4. Danny Nedelko
5. Love Song
6. June
7. Samaritans
8. Television
9. Great
10. Gram Rock
11. Cry To Me
12. Rottweiler

‘Tour of Joy’ 2018 dates:

11 Sept – Tokyo, JP – Daikanyama Unit
14 Sept – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
15 Sept – Fort Wayne, IN Middle Waves Music Festival
16 Sept – Columbus, OH – Ace of Cups
17 Sept – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace
18 Sept – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmont
20 Sept –  Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
22 Sept – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
24 Sept – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
25 Sept – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
27 Sept – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
28 Sept – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
29 Sept – St.  Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill Duck Room
01 Oct – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge
04 Oct – Vancouver, BC – The Rickshaw Theatre
05 Oct – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
06 Oct – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
08 Oct – San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10 Oct – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
16 Oct –  Bristol, UK – SWX
17 Oct – London, UK – Roundhouse *
18 Oct – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
19 Oct – Manchester, UK – O2 Ritz
20 Oct – Glasgow, UK – O2 ABC
23 Oct – Newcastle, UK – Riverside
24 Oct – Leeds, UK – Leeds University Stylus
25 Oct – Nottingham, UK – Rock City
26 Oct – Birmingham, UK – Institute
27 Oct – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2
29 Oct – Oxford, UK –  O2 Academy
30 Oct – Lille, FR – L’Aeronef
01 Nov – Brussels, BE – Botanique
02 Nov – Leffinge, NL –  De Zwerver
03 Nov – Dusseldorf, DE – zakk
04 Nov – Amsterdam, NL – Melkweg
06 Nov – Groningen, NL – VERA
08 Nov – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
09 Nov – Hamburg, DE – Knust
10 Nov – Leipzig, DE – UT Connewitz
11 Nov – Berlin, DE – SO36
13 Nov – Prague, CZ – Futurum
14 Nov –  Vienna, AT – Flex Cafe
16 Nov – Munich, DE – Ampere
17 Nov – St. Gallen, CH – Palace
18 Nov – Dudingen, CH – Bad Bonn
19 Nov – Zurich, CH – Mascotte
20 Nov – Lausanne, CH – Les Docks
22 Nov – Milan, IT – Circolo Magnolia
23 Nov – Lyon, FR – Epicerie Moderne
24 Nov – Bordeaux, FR – Rock School Barbey
26 Nov – Porto, PT – Hard Club
27 Nov – Lisbon, PT – Lisboa ao Vivo
29 Nov – Madrid, ES – Moby Dick
30 Nov – Barcelona, ES – Razzmatazz
01 Dec – Toulouse, FR – Connexion Live

* Q Awards show with Wolf Alice


The Second Coming? You could say that, but we see it as more of a hiatus in what looks to be a long career for Jonny Brown and the band..

And rightly so, you don’t get to No1 in the physical charts unless your making sounds that connect with people and evidently that’s what they have done with the latest release.

You can catch TWISTED WHEEL on tour now as they roll across the UK – Plus they support Liam Gallagher Ft Richard Ashcroft & Bugzy Malone at Old Trafford cricket ground this Saturday August 18

We sent the best questions we received from you (the fans) and Jonny kindly answered them for you….

1.This could be considered your second coming…what’s different this time around?

To start with, I’m more mature in some ways so I’ve found myself more as an artist. When I was younger, it was more about setting up a band and getting songs, recording an album and I don’t think I realized what I was so much. I did you know to an extent but now I’ve had more time and life experience, I know where I’m going and what I am as an artist. Also, my playing and performance is better and I can sing better live, more confident on stage. A new set of songs makes it more exciting too as it adds a lot more excitement for me which passes on to the audience. Just being back: new songs, new band, new audience and at a time when guitar music now is a bit more relevant. When we first came out, it wasn’t so much and we got overlooked a little bit but I think that now we’re getting a bit more recognition for being a good British grass-roots rock n roll band.

2.  Would you ever try a different approach to writing – electronic beats based?

I already have done and definitely will do.

3.  Who inspires you?

David Bowie because of how many times he reinvented himself but came back still being the same person. He had so many different styles and images. I am not so far as him but it’s just someone who doesn’t stop for anyone.

4.  If you could plan the rest of your career – how would it look?

It wouldn’t look like anything the past Twisted Wheel career looked like.  

5.  What’s your favourite song of all time?

El Condor Passa by Simon and Garfunkel. Is it like a Chilean folk song originally – not sure although I should be! But I just love its vibe and to sing and play it. I love the lyrics too.

6.  Who is your favourite singer?

I think John Lennon solo.

7.  If you could write/collaborate with someone who would it be?

Jamie T.  Just because he’s got a bit of a hip hop background and he’s into punk and rock.  I think we could write a song together. He’s current and I feel he’s reachable so I’ll say Jamie T.

8.  Favourite place on earth?

Deia, Mallorca.  In the mountains.

9.  What made you pick up a guitar?

Led Zeppelin: ‘The Song Remains the Same’.

I did actually pick a guitar up when I was 2. There’s a picture of me playing it with my willy!  But yeah – Led Zeppelin in Madison Square Gardens. I wanted to be like Jimmy Page. I was 8/9.

10.  What was the first song you wrote where you thought – hang on – I wanna do this?

A song by my first band ‘The Children’, ‘Set Me Free’. It was about me being an artist and a songwriter in school trying to write and not succeeding.  It was about how the band set me free, I was writing for something and performing. It was about me setting myself free to be an artist.

11.  The first time you met one of your heros – who, when and where.

I met Noel Gallagher in Ibiza at the Cafe Mambo, Sunset Strip, San Antonio. He was on the table next to us. I was 15 and went up and said hello. It was funny that seven years later I was touring with them as a support band!

12.  Is there a venue/festival you would love to play?

The pyramid stage, late at night at Glastonbury.

13. Are you spiritual?


14.  Lad’s holiday or romantic break?

Romantic break.

15.  If somebody offered you 100 million to leave music forever, would you?

Yeah and then I’d give them 30 million to leave me alone and let me do what I want.

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