So my no booze until the marathon has been run lasted all of 5 days when late on Thursday I discovered on Twitter that the band The Destroyers were back in Liverpool as headline act on the Friday night of The Threshold Festival. So with tickets bought for me and a mate we headed on down to Liverpool’s Baltic triangle. First venue we headed for was District which was The Picket. It was here we go our festival wrist bands which would get us in any venue for the night and the first band on at District were The Indecision who are an 8 piece Ska band. We only caught a few songs as we wanted to head out and check out the other venues of the festival but first up some ska and a can of Red Stripe. A good start to the night. Below is a youtube track from The Indecision.
Next venue was The Nordic Church or maybe better known as Gustav Adolfs Kyrka or the Scandinavian Seamen’s Church built in 1883. I have been past this grade II* listed building many times but never ventured in. After doing a full lap of the church looking on how to get in with eventually rang the bell and were let in and went upstairs into the church to watch Stems perform. The venue was very atmospheric and suited the music well. I ended up buying a CD of Stems as we caught the final few songs in their set. A splendid building just lacking one thing, a bar so it was time to move on.
So looking at some street art (See above) as we walked to the next venue 24 Kitchen Street and the next band we got to see were Kalandra. Kitchen 24 is just a small warehouse room with the joy of some gas bottle urinals (See below) Kalandra are a six piece folk/rock band based in Liverpool with some strong female lead vocals. Caught quite a bit of this set but most noticeable here were the number of photographers at the start of the performance. Now I am just getting into photography and thought is this my destiny to get out taking pictures at gigs and getting in peoples way ? Anyway the paparazzi soon settled down and we could enjoy Kalandra who perform “Sell your voice” below.
Next up we walked around the The Baltic Bakehouse which was a tiny venue so we swerved it and headed up to Unit 51. Which as the name suggests is a unit converted into a a food and drinks place which puts some events on. Playing here were Hey Bulldog who were three piece, though sadly the drummer was out of view on a weird stage set up. They made lots of noise for just the three of them and the blues influence was shining through. Another good band.
Onwards we went and now the The Blade Factory which is part of The Camp and Furnace. Playing here were Book Thieves a four piece indie/rock band. One of the loudest venues this one despite its size and another good performance. So back to were we started and District were we caught China Bull Shop. Hard to nail this one down with a rapper and a brass section I think I will use their Facebook description as Ska, Rave, Rock rap and in your face. China Bull Shop impressed me most out of the bands I had seen so far and were very impressive live. The track that stood out was I think called “Rotten tomato entertainment” ?? so with them blowing us away including a human pyramid attempt in the crowd and some cat dancing there was a slight delay before the headline act.
So with it well past midnight it was time for The Destroyers who I had seen twice in Liverpool within the space of a few weeks in 2012 and at Glastonbury last year. Nicked from their Facebook biog “A collection of rogues and misfits surfing a tidal wave of horns, fiddles and guitars! Rapidly exploding from the ‘Balkan Brass’ genre they emerge as an anarchic orchestra of blazing passion and breathtaking originality.” all 14 plus of them. The District venue was now busy and the crowd were not let down by The Destroyers with another energetic performance which had the crowd bouncing from start to finish and week worth a look at their promo video below and checking out their last album “Hole in the universe” and the band were joined onstage by several large scouse balloons and even more smaller ones later on. An act worthy of headlining the night and I can’t wait to see them again hopefully at Glastonbury 2014.
So as quite often is the case a hastily arranged night out turns out to be a good one. I thoroughly enjoyed the Friday of The Threshold festival which carries on on Saturday and Sunday http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/threshold-festival/ Great going to a few new venues I had not been to before including the church and well worth falling in after 2am and just £9 for 7 bands. A day to recover now before a 16 mile training run tomorrow for my marathon attempt gulp !!
Fay x x x x x