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I want to be able to use my words. I wish I could eloquently express how much I’m looking forward to this year’s Liverpool Music Week, but I’m too giddy with child-like excitement.

The festival has grown bigger and better with each passing year culminating in what – in my opinion – is its finest line-up to date. With the commitments of working life weighing us all down, we’ve put together a list of three stand out gigs of this year’s event to enable you to prioritise… if you really have to.

Wristbands for the whole festival are still available here as are most individual gigs, so don’t miss out.

Disclaimer: There is a clear omission of John Carpenter’s show, which I know very little about and others have covered more comprehensively.

Warpaint

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I’ve been dreaming of seeing Warpaint back in Liverpool since they smashed The Kazimier (RIP) a few years back well tonight, I finally get to do so. The multi-instrumentalists who waltz between instruments are touring their highly-acclaimed bass-heavy woozy album ‘Heads Up’. An album which has been on heavy rotation on my iPod for the past few weeks. There’s also the added bonus of Liverpool’s All We Are supporting this evening. You’d be a fool, nay The Fool* to miss out tonight.

*Trust me, that’s great Warpaint pun game.

GoGo Penguin

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Another act surrounded by that fabled Kazimier mystique. The tightest jazz trio I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing live. Touring an even stronger album than their previous v2.0, it’s sure to be a massive gig, if jazz is your thing. They’ll be at the Arts Club next Tuesday (01/11/2016).

Closing Party ft Barberos, Clinic & many more

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Rather strangely, I’m looking forward to it all ending. It’s not that I want it to rush to the end, that I want to get it over and done with but the stand out event for me is the closing party. Previous closing parties have been exceptional and I am sucker for the multi-venue festival setups. I love wandering between venues with a few key bands* I’d want to catch but for the most part discovering something new and roaming around fruitfully. Even if none of the major acts appeal to you, the closing party for £6 (early bird style) is a steal by anyone’s reckoning.

*Barberos – Pictured above – Their album launch show including collaborations with some of Liverpool’s finest acts is a particular highlight of this year’s closing party.

Honorary mentions: The rest.
Because it’s a sick line-up, so go forth, drink & be merry.