Issue 104 Live

Our October 2019 issue reviews many of the brilliant gigs that we’ve been lucky enough to witness in across Merseyside during August and September. Michael Driffill, Keith Ainsworth and Michael Kirkham were among those present at the first Future Yard festival in Birkenhead over the August bank holiday weekend, and found headliners ANNA CALVI and BILL RYDER-JONES in fine form. There were also star turns from LO FIVE, BEIJA FLO, WORKING MEN’S CLUB, PIXX and loads more over the two days; read our full review here.

Also over in Wirral, Skeleton Coast festival returned for its fourth consecutive sold-out outing, and second in the glorious surroundings of Leasowe Castle. Brian Sayle was on hand to capture THE MYSTERINES, RED RUM CLUB, BUZZARD BUZZARD BUZZARD, THE SUNDOWNERS, MILES KANE and DREAM WIFE in the thick of the action, with a line-up that our reviewer Conal Cunningham reflected on as “a testament to today‚Äôs emerging talent and antithetical to perceptions that guitar music is somehow dead”.

Elsewhere, Tomas Adam was on hand at a couple of events to capture some fabulous shots: first up, he was down in the Hold of the Shipping Forecast to catch WAND (and support act GANG) in fine, angsty form; and he also attended the prelude to this year’s Fusion Festival in Sefton Park, with a line-up headed by KINGS OF LEON, and also featuring FRANZ FERDINAND, JAKE BUGG, ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN and quite a few more.

Darren Aston was on hand at Arts Club to see the triumphant return of EDWYN COLLINS, while Mook Loxley took his pencils, inks and pad along to see TESS PARKS in Phase One and immortalised what he saw in his distinctive illustrative style.


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Michael Kirkham / @mrkirks
Brian Sayle / @soundsinliverpool
Darren Aston / @astondarren
Tomas Adam / @tomadampics
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