The Leftfield of Liverpool

The people behind organising the Left Field stage of the Glastonbury festival in Somerset have headed north, and, in conjunction with local promoters, assembled a quite excellent line up of some of Merseyside’s finest young bands for a gig with a good cause behind it.

The event will be headlined by giddy, surreal pop-purveyors Elle S’appelle, who’ve been causing minor stirs in the music press of late, and the gig at the Carling Academy also features jangly-but-driven Liverpool-based indie outfit Married to the Sea and Southport’s answer to The Libertines, The Daisy Riots. Meanwhile, coming from the Wirral will be The Rascal’s, formed from the ashes of popular local act The Little Flames, and the excellent prog-pop outfit The Seal Cub Clubbing Club.

The Left Field is an integral part of the Glastonbury Festival. Organised by trade unionists and activists, it is committed to combining music with political campaigning. The Liverpool gig is the first time The Left Field has held an event outside their base in Somerset, and, as part of a reciprocal agreement with the Culture Company, all of the bands playing at the Academy will also be featured in a special segment on The Left Field stage at Glastonbury itself this June.

As decreed by Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis, all profits from the Liverpool event will go to Anti Slavery International. Founded in 1839, Anti Slavery International is the world’s oldest international human rights organisation and the only charity in the United Kingdom to work exclusively against slavery and related abuses worldwide.

By Kenn Taylor

Wednesday 14th May,

The Left Field in Liverpool,

Carling Academy,

11-13 Hotham Street,


Doors: 7pm,

£7.50 adv.