Well, here we are. Like sitting inside a pub and actually meeting up with friends, the once foreign land of gigs appear not so alien anymore.
Over the last couple of weeks, several live events have taken place across Liverpool, not least the success of Birkenhead’s Future Yard (we’ve not been there yet – baby steps and all that).
On the subject of new ideas, Bed and Breakfast promotions arrives with a new outlook in the live music experience.
Spearheaded by Abby Mysensburg, a fine songwriter in her own right (check out her EP), the idea behind Bed and Breakfast is to promote live music in venues that most would consider left-field.
We discussed the idea of gigs in diverse spaces late last month and for it to see fruition here in Liverpool is not only healthy, it’s refreshing.
And with that, we arrive at Allerton’s St Barnabas Church. Not the place we thought we’d find ourselves on a Friday night in a bid to escape the clutches of lockdown.
The beauty of music, indeed.
Warrington’s Seagoth will go down in Sun 13‘s history as the first live act we’ve covered. In truth, the bedroom-pop duo take a while to get going, but it’s no gripe. We’re all shaking off the frost, really. Just being seated and surrounded by people feels like a minor miracle in itself.
With several singles and an EP in tow spanning back to 2015, Birmingham five-piece, Spilt Milk Society, are tonight’s draw card. It’s a breezy set, leaning on the origins of jangle-pop with the odd bit of a brawn.
At times they feel like the go-to house band on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship. Again, no dis. After all, any band covering Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions‘ Let Me Get There gets our tick of approval and, all told, Spilt Milk Society are the required antidote on the night.
As the evening draws to a close, it has to be said that it really isn’t about the music and more about the notions of thinking outside of the box – something many of us have spent doing in lockdown.
However, only few have had the tenacity to implement their ideas, and Bed and Breakfast promotions have done just that. Hopefully it’s the start of something much needed in Liverpool.
Photos by Chris Flack