A Music Guide To... Liverpool
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Liverpool is often considered the UK's capital of music. Over the last century it's released some of the most talented and successful musicians into the world, including a pretty small band named The Beatles. The city prides itself in its musical heritage. As well as being home to John, Paul, George and Ringo, Liverpool and its surrounding area also churned out Cilla Black, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Echo & The Bunnymen, Clean Cut Kid, The Coral, The Wombats and everyone's favourite girl band... Atomic Kitten. It's a hub of pop, rock and indie music with a mass of venues, clubs and festivals to showcase the city's seemingly infinite amount of talent. Soak up the sounds of your new university city, Liverpool, with this guide to it's music scene. Venues Two of the most popular venues in the city are the Echo Arena and the O2 Academy, who host some of the biggest acts of the moment. Catch chart-topping bands such as Little Mix, James Arthur and Kasabian at the arena in the coming months, or get a bit more intimate with The Horrors, Liam Fray or Deaf Havana at the academy. The Arts Club on Seel Street is a two room venue that is about to see Loyle Carner, Dan Croll and Blaenavon grace its theatre and loft stages. It's also home to club nights Medication and Shit Indie Disco, but more on them later. Drinks are decently priced and the theatre even has steps to stand on while you watch the band... so if you're short, you'll always be able to see. Just don't trip up them after one too many Somersbys. Mountford Hall is situated in the students union at University of Liverpool and put on some of the coolest bands. With a capacity of 2,300 it is Liverpool's second largest venue after the arena and recently saw You Me At Six, Two Door Cinema Club and Paul Weller take the stage. Next up? Mac DeMarco, Sundara Karma and White Lies. We're definitely not endorsing getting a two pint cup of cider though... it's too big and gets everywhere, as cool as it does make you look on your instagram. For smaller acts, check out places like Zanzibar, The Magnet and Studio 2. Adjoined to Parr Street Studios, Studio 2 especially puts on some of the smaller indie bands juuust before they hit the academy venues; Declan McKenna, Fickle Friends and Modern Baseball have all played this converted studio... so get here to catch the next big thing while tickets are still under a tenner.
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