Liverpool Music Week 2014: Mogwai, Chvrches & free gigs

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Pink and purple photo of band members from Wild Beasts

Liverpool Music Week runs from 23 October – 1 November, bringing free shows and big name acts to the city.

It’s called Liverpool Music Week, but it’s not strictly a week, is it? However battered/steaming/tin-canned you are on alcohol, ten days does not a week make. Unless you sleep through a few. But while it might not fit a strict definition, this year’s Liverpool Music Week doesn’t have days you’ll want to doze away. The UK’s biggest indoor music festival for the winter months (yes, November is officially winter) will be bringing sonic warmth to the city with some of today’s most hotly-rated bands.

The UK’s biggest indoor music festival for the winter months

Mogwai will take to the stage at Camp and Furnace, Wild Beasts and The War on Drugs are playing the 02 Arena, while Atlanta rock ‘n’ roll band The Black Lips join a strong list of supports for the mega-popular Chvrches, who make their Liverpool debut at the closing party. The festival line-up balances big names with a whole roster of emerging artists (playing for free) throughout the city – over 250 live acts will be playing in all.

Tickets – including the Kazimier Golden Ticket, which guarantees entry to see three chosen bands from the free programme – are selling fast, so it’s worth jumping on some brilliant deals. The closing party is particularly good value; for only £15, you can range around venues in the Baltic Triangle and catch up to eleven different acts. It’s time to squeeze a week so full that it’s more than a week into your diary.

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