This May Bank Holiday weekend will see the return of the much-loved SMITHDOWN ROAD FESTIVAL. Once again, the many bars and cafes of Smithdown Road will club together for a weekend of music, food and festivities. And we’ll all pretend it’s summer for a moment.
Not wanting to miss out on the action, Bido Lito! has chosen six local artists to play across various venues. With over 180 acts and 16 stages, this year looks set to be the biggest edition of the festival yet. For the first time, there will be a big top stage in the Mystery Park where the likes of BEARDY MAN, SPACE and JOHN POWER will be serenading Wavertree. So if you’re traversing the bustling programme of music, keep an eye out for these lot: half a dozen of our favourite artists plying their trade on Merseyside…
Wirral wunderkind THE MYSTERINES are a back-to-basics rock and roll trio whose live set already features a string of radio-friendly bluesy rock bangers. The youngsters regularly play to packed out crowds of local supporters, and have supported the likes of PEACE. We can expect big things in the future.
One of LIMF Academy’s 2017-18 Most Ready artists, GAZELLE’s back story is an intriguing one featuring chemistry degrees and Paris art communes. Her music is no less interesting: jazz, soul and hip hop are brought together with silky, smooth vocals. Having booked Gazelle for a Bido Lito! social last year, we can attest that she is not one to be missed.
HANNAH’S LITTLE SISTER
The wonderfully named HANNAH’S LITTLE SISTER features Burnley native Meg Grooters, who deals in bittersweet lyrics about being young and growing up in an often-forgotten enclave. Having blossomed from a promising solo project into a quarter, HLS are a lo-fi pop sensation in waiting.
MARY MILLER’s trip-hop infused tracks bring to mind the likes of Ghostpoet, and offer a sound that is not widely heard in the current Liverpool live music scene. Another LIMF Academy Most Ready artist, Mary Míller is just one of a number of exciting musicians making their mark on this city.
Electronic duo TO EVA has been quietly causing a stir for some time now. Escape the busyness of the festival with their beautifully, melancholic sound.
LUNA expertly fuses samples and live sounds in performances that both mesmerise and get the audience dancing. As a Merseyrail Sound Station finalist and LIMF Academy alumni, the future already looks bright for LUNA.
Timings and venues for the above will be announced closer to the festival. Smithdown Road Festival takes across various venues on 5th-7th May