Toots and The Maytals Play Olympia This Tuesday!

Legendary reggae outfit Toots and The Maytals are set to play the Liverpool Olympia this Tuesday in a heavily anticipated show. 

It’s a great year for reggae fans in the city, with Positive Vibrations getting acclaim, The Beat and The Selecter doing a double header in December and now, the iconic Toots and The Maytals are dropping into the Olympia this Tuesday August 8th for a possible show of the year. 

Tickets are still on-sale at the Olympia box office and online. Make sure you catch Toots on one of their final stops of the year. 

Belgium Post-Punks Fornet Release Unsettling Video for “Erase (I’m Alive)”

Noise-driven Belgium post-punks Fornet have released the video for their lead single, coming from their upcoming self-titled debut EP, and it’s a unsettling, brilliant must-see take.

The video which shows a modern middle-aged man essentially erasing the hair from his body to Fornet‘s crunching post-punk noise infused with krautrock reinforcement. 

The single is off the captivating band’s upcoming debut EP which is out on Belgium‘s Sentimental label on September 8th. You can pre-order the EP here.

PREMIERE: WIFE – Marilyn Single Release, EP to Follow in September

We’re always proud when we get to premiere a single from a great up and coming band and today we’re pleased as punch to review the new single from filthy rockers WIFE

The single, out later tonight, is the trio’s first release on the DIY label Society of Losers which now throws them under their amazing “loser-rock” label joyously. 

The single “Marilyn” is a straight-off unpredictable noise rock attack breed from a band who just scream potential. 

Speaking on WIFE, head Loser over at Society of Losers told us: “WIFE joining Society of Losers represents our first major step as an indie label. We’ve been high on the band for a good year now and we were mega hyped when they agreed to join the gang. 

“Their debut single WIFE is like a punch in the stomach and we can’t wait to unleash their debut EP Cake Ahead which is definitely going to turn some heads and cause some headaches.”
Their EP Cake Ahead will be released on September 6th through Society of Losers. The band will also play Drop The Dumbells on the 9th. 

The La’s Announce Rarities 1987 Album and Liverpool Exhibition

Legendary Liverpudlians The La’s will be the subject of a exhibition at the Florrie and will release a rarities album this September. 

30 years following the debut tour of cult Liverpudlian pop legends The La’s, the Viper Label and RedHouse Originals have announced a celebration of the tour including an exhibition and a new rarities album. 

The exhibition will showcase rare and unseen photos of the band’s tour alongside other physical pieces of La’s history at the Florrie from September 15th to October 7th. 

Meanwhile, to coincide The La’s will release a special rarities album featuring unheard songs and tracks recorded in 1987. The album will be released on The Viper Label on September 23rd. 

Poly Styrene Celebration Tomorrow at BME Liverpool

Tuesday, August 1st will see a celebration of a punk icon at the British Music Experience in Liverpool with a special in-conversation all in honour of punk-hero Poly Styrene, frontwoman of the deliberate underachievers X-Ray Spex.

John Robb, famed writer and frontman of The Membranes, will be talking to Poly Styrene’s daughter Celeste Ball and writer Zoë Howe who have recently announced two collaborations celebrating Styrene, including the book Dayglo: The Creative Life Of Poly Styrene and the documentary film Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché.

Styrene is one of the most fascinating figures in punk rock, with her braces-bound look and siren-esque voice she tackled issues such as mental health and the trends against women in music during a time where she reigned as queen of the underachieving greats X-Ray Spex.

Tickets and more information is available here.

Liverpool Music Week ’17 First Wave Announced, CHIC & Nile Rodgers to Open

The annual award-winning Liverpool Music Week has officially been announced for its 15th year with an already amazing first wave of acts including this year’s openers, CHIC & Nile Rodgers.

This year’s Liverpool Music Week has already set a bar to be the best yet with its first wave of acts which were announced earlier today. The disco-funk legends CHIC featuring the iconic Nile Rodgers will officially open this year’s festival with a huge date at the Liverpool Echo Arena on 26th October 2017.


With the announcement Festival Director Mike Deane has said: It’s been quite the journey since starting Liverpool Music Week as a single venue venture back in 2003, but there’s no doubt that today is our single proudest moment as we announce CHIC & Nile Rodgers as our 2017 headliners. There aren’t many individuals in music who compare to their legendary status, importance, and continued iconic relevance. We are utterly thrilled that both Nile and the band have agreed to join us this year. There really isn’t a live music show quite like CHIC, and we can’t think of anyone better to open this milestone year.

The following night will see electronic duo Mount Kimbie step into the Invisible Wind Factory for an anticipated show, supporting their third album What Love Survives which is due out September 8th on Warp Records.

Motown loving indie-poppers Childhood will bring their sounds to the Buyers Club, while Gangahr will bring their psych-pop to the Magnet. Meanwhile, important New York-based alternative hip-hop act Princess Nokia will play LMW2017 with an exclusive UK date outside of London.

On the final day of LMW2017, the closing party will return this time placed on all three floors of the Guild of Students at Mountford Hall with the first wave of closers including grime MC AJ Tracey, stunning critically acclaimed alt-pop act Perfume Genius will make his Liverpool debut and Zola Jesus will return for the first time in six years, backing her upcoming album Okovi.

Liverpool Music Week will also bring Bella Union‘s 20th-anniversary celebrations to Liverpool with a special show at the Leaf on Bold Street including performances from Lost Horizons, the new live project of Cocteau TwinsSimon Raymonde along with more acts to be announced.

Furthermore, the LMW/DIY Breaking Out series will return to its new home at EBGBs with a big bill already featuring shows from Goat Girl, Girl Ray, Spinning Coin and Little Cub.

Individual show tickets, including tickets for the CHIC & Nile Rodgers show, and full wristband tickets will be on-sale on August 3rd here.

Brian Wilson, Exhibition Centre, 28/07/2017

As the Beach Boys‘ founder Brian Wilson brought Pets Sounds to Liverpool one last time, SFN‘s Jack Cinnamomd was there to capture a legend in a standout performance.

Looking back at their time, there aren’t many 60s pop bands as celebrated as The Beach Boys, with their dizzying fun early surf-hits to the later half of their original tenure with the seminal classic album Pet Sounds, the acclaimed child of frontman Brian Wilson

Tonight, Wilson steps into the new Exhibition Centre to close the venue’s double-Bill opening (shared with Gary Numan on Thursday) with one of the final performances of his Pet Sounds

By time Wilson and his band, including original Beach Boys member Al Jardine and frequent collaborator Blondie Chaplin, take stage the adoring crowd are ready to set the legend for one of his final major outings. 

He opens with “California Girls“, signifying the first half of tonight’s show would be a mixture of classic Beach Boys hits, before following with “Dance, Dance, Dance” and “I Get Around“. 

With the band’s opening set rounding up after around an hour, it’s easy to see why Wilson and the Beach Boys are so beloved. There’s not many artists who can preform an opening set, avoiding a majority of the best known hits, and leave the audience already happy. 

Wilson‘s choice of songs for his first half illustrate that even the Beach Boys‘ career isn’t just full of the hits, but also packed with extemly well-written, underrated classics from over the years. Highlights including “Surfer Girl“, “In My Room“, “Feel Flows“, “Don’t Worry Baby” and the shining “Darlin’” that just show-off the versatility of Wilson and his band. 

Brian Wilson, photography by James Ainsworth.

The second half, the full performance of the celebrated fifty years old Pet Sounds, kicked off with the extraordinary “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?“, which had everybody singing. 

Just a few songs in, around “I’m Waiting for the Day” and “Let’s Go Away for Awhile“, it’s evident that we’re hearing a rare moment. It’s not often that you can hear the age of an album before you, in a beautiful and poignant way, with Brian Wilson‘s aged voice and his delicate form, the 50th anniversary of an album has never seemed so important or even special.

Sloop John B” induces a sing-a-long, but for Pet Sounds lovers they know the end is getting nearer as we come to the almost-perfect rundown, Al Jardine comments “let’s slow thus down with the best song this man has ever written” and we know he’s right as we ascend into “God Only Knows“. 

It’s magical, Wilson pours his heart into his and the Beach Boys‘ greatest song and it’s stunning. 

We reach the instrumental masterpiece “Pet Sounds” and finally “Caroline, No“, which ends the album. 

After the band intros, the encore begins with “Good Vibrations“, the encore is set to features the rest of the Beach Boys‘ hits to bookend perfectly. Followed by “Help Me, Ronda” and “Barbara Ann“, just song after song that you can’t help but singing along to. 

The heartwarming sight-of-the-night pops up during the extremely fun duo of “Surfin’ USA” and “Fun, Fun, Fun” when people of all ages brought of their invisible surf boards and danced together, even a few of our team could be spotted dancing the night away. 

We end the night with a solo Wilson cut in the form of the sincere “Love and Mercy” which sends us all home joyous. The celebration is almost over, but the legacy of Pet Sounds will live on for many more years. 

Brian Wilson, photography by James Ainsworth.

Words by Jack Cinnamond, photography by James Ainsworth.