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All singing, all dancing

Every act a gem as Liverpool Music Weeks rocks the city

Published on October 29th 2009.

All singing, all dancing

PEOPLE have started with fireworks already., but the sparks are flying on stages around the city from tonight for autumn’s great gigging highlight.Liverpool Music Week 2009 is here.

Industry majors, minors and nobodies-for-now are all piling in for a live music marathon. Nearly 400 acts will play a massive 80 shows across the fortnight (29th Oct – 16th Nov).

This year’s big names include Super Furry Animals, Kasabian, The Specials, Calvin Harris, Seasick Steve, Reverend & The Makers, The Enemy, Gallows, The Bays and Twisted Wheel.

Quite a line-up, the biggest and best since the festival’s birth in 2003, they tell us.

Now in its seventh year, LMW has gained a respectable reputation in the city, and is nationally recognised as being a bit good, too. Well, how many other indoor winter music festivals do you know of? This is innovative stuff.

The Specials (Olympia Theatre, 29/10) get things going on opening night. If you’ve got a ticket already, lucky you. If you haven’t, they weren’t supposed to be so special at Glastonbury earlier this year and you’ve still got £32.50 in your pocket. We'll be going though. And we bought our own.

You could probably buy at least three drinks with that money at the O2 Academy’s Halloween spectacular on Saturday (O2, 31/10). You can count on electro-popping ‘Pool Uni graduates Soft Toy Emergency to put on a good show, especially if there’s themed costumes in the mix.

Reverend and the Makers (Nation, 7/11) should be a lively one. Having supported both Arctic Monkeys and the Rolling Stones, ‘The Rev’ knows how to send a crowd crazy. If you haven’t got debut album The State of Things yet, give it one listen before the gig and you’ll be surprised at how many lyrics have stuck.

Local highlights include Sound Of Guns, Screaming Lights, Hot Club De Paris, Wave Machines and The Vanities. All good to catch in the buzz of LMW but, you can probably catch them gigging virtually any other weekend when you’re not spoilt for choice and the bars are less busy.

Bumper, Alma de Cuba and the new Masque make up this year’s host venue trinity. And the chances are- if you don’t fancy catching a big band, or coughing up the cash for a ticket- there’ll be much more than musical fun to be had here for free.

LMW is like a festival in the continuous string of good gigs sense, where everyone is up for it and you don’t mind the smell of sweat and spilt beer so much. Equally, after each pit-igniting headliner has played, you can go home, wash and sleep.

Saying that, be sure to look out and latch on to those people - probably in Bumper - who evidently haven’t been home, washed or slept five nights into the week. This way, you won’t be left suffering from the late-November LMW blues when the Christmas countdown is in full swing.

*For full venue and gig listings, visit www.liverpoolmusicweek.com

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