The leaving of Liverpool...

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Phil Brady | 16 November 2009

Liverpool Music Week draws to a close this weekend and although almost three weeks revelry is enough for anyone, I am really looking forward to next year. Last night our first stop was Noisecore at a basement venue called Bar Fresca. Noisecore does what it says on the tin. It was like walking into the cinema halfway through a Star Wars battle. It seems that they let a couple of sound effects technicians out of the asylum on day release. I was told that last time they put a night on, last year, there were people bashing spades on the floor and hitting the wall with iron bars. If you can imagine the 30 seconds before a The Prodigy break into ‘Smack My Bitch Up’, the collision of sound that leads up to the actual tune when they play it live? Well it was like that, but all night.

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were on at Bumper followed by Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and headlining was Jaguar Skills - you may have heard this guy on Radio 1. I think he may have musical Tourettes as he mixed each tune in for about 15 seconds before bringing the next one in. The clientele in Bumper loved it, the place was rocking until about 1.30am, when we headed down to a club called La Bateau to see The Futureheads DJ set. I spoke to Jaff after his set who told me why his DJ set is so different from the music of The Futureheads.

"To be honest I think that a lot of the music that goes down well in clubs, we don't really make,” he said, “We make kind of dance-y music but you have got to have your eyes open to what people listen to in clubs and that's what we're doing here tonight to get people to dance and to let people enjoy themselves.”

Jaff you just dropped 'Don't Stop Me Now' by Queen at the end of your set. This is a great song but sits comfortably in the collection of a wedding DJ, not a club DJ

"I love Queen they are one of my favourite bands, I appreciate we don't sound like them but our harmonies all came from Queen, like."

On that note we walked back up to Magnet for an after hours party to finish off the night and to polish off our visit to this fine city.

Everyone I spoke to speaks very highly of the annual event and loved every minute of it. The diversity of talent that is on offer in the array of local venues is second to none.

Read my full review of LMW and check out what Mike Deane has to say to Virtual Festivals in his blogs and our interview.

It's not the leaving of Liverpool that grieves me; it's my car key when I think of thee.

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