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Clean Cut Kid battered old ukulele. Influenced by She Drew The Gun Don't miss out on Music Week fest; JADE WRIGHT ON THE MUST SEE ACTS COMING TO THE CITY FOR THE UK'S BIGGEST INDOOR FESTIVAL.

LIVERPOOL Music Week is back with a packed programme of events. The UK's largest indoor winter music festival, it attracts an estimated 48,000 people to the city each year.

This year, the festival is based around the hub of the Arts Club, with other shows at Liverpool Dome and Grand Central Hall, as well as festival headliner John Carpenter playing in the stunning surroundings of the Liverpool Olympia ballroom.

With acts including alt-rock legends Dinosaur Jr, Kirkby rising star Louis Berry, as well as legendary director and composer John Carpenter and bands including Cat's Eyes, GoGo Penguin, Clean Cut Kid, She Drew The Gun, Let's Eat Grandma, Amber Arcades, Dream Wife, Abbatoir Blues and Kagoule.

Here's our pick of the acts to see at the festival Dinosaur Jr Massachusetts alt-rock legends Dinosaur Jr. recently released their first new album in four years, Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not, via Jagjaguwar. Expect unrelenting, instrumental-leaning freak-outs and guitar solos galore from front man J Mascis and the rest of the band's classic line up including Lou Barlow on bass, playing a mix of old and new material. Those of a sensitive disposition might want to bring along some earplugs for this one, as we expect most of the amps to be turned well past 11.

| Arts Club Theatre - October 27. Doors - 7pm.

John Carpenter Legendary horror film director and composer John Carpenter (The Master of Horror) will headline this year's proceedings performing his film scores and original compositions as part of his first ever UK live headline tour. His work includes legendary films including Halloween (1978), Escape from New York (1981), Starman (1984), Assault on Precinct 13 (1976), The Fog (1980), The Thing (1982), Christine (1983), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), Prince of Darkness (1987) and They Live (1988). Carpenter is also notable for having composed or co-composed most of the music of his films; some of them are now considered cult as well, with the main theme of Halloween being considered a part of popular culture. Carpenter recently scored rave reviews with his festival debut at Primavera Sound in Barcelona at the start of this month and has since taken his live show across the US.

| The Olympia - October 28. Doors - 7pm.

Clean Cut Kid Liverpool locals Clean Cut Kid are enjoying a meteoric rise to success following their recent signing to Babe Magnet Records/Polydor and a summer spent playing a colossal 29 festivals. Taking a leaf out of Vampire Weekend's book, Clean Cut Kid combine moments of rhythmical intrigue with straight-up indie-pop melodies that will lodge cleverly and instantly in between the ears. The Liverpool Music Week show is their crowning homecoming performance at the end of a 10 date nationwide tour.

| Arts Club Theatre - October 29. Doors - 7pm.

Let's Eat Grandma Multi-instrumentalists and talented pop stars Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth, both 17, met aged four in their local infant school in Norwich and have been inseparable ever since. Let's Eat Grandma was formed in 2013 when Rosa was given a second hand acoustic guitar for her birthday and Jenny adopted a She Drew The Gun Wirral's She Drew The Gun join the bevy of local artists flying the flag for the region following their debut album Memories of The Future recently released on The Coral's own Skeleton Key Records. Fronted by songwriter Louisa Roach they offer dreamy psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey and bubbled away for a few years before catching the ear of BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq, which led to an invitation to a live session at Maida Vale in 2015. They were crowned winners of this year's emerging talent competition at Glastonbury and played the John Peel stage.

|Leaf - October 30. Doors - 7pm.

Louis Berry Louis is a relative newcomer on the Liverpool music scene. A chance conversation led to a meeting with a producer that led to a studio session that led to a band.

Having only been singing and writing songs for the last couple of years, he signed a publishing deal straight after his explosive debut gig for BBC Introducing.

Louis takes in what's going on around him and puts it into a poem - his definition of rap.

"A lot of people hear things but they don't really hear them. If you can read between the lines then you pull things out that are plain and simple, so if you can sing about what's really going on I think you can touch the people."

He's already sold out shows across the UK, supported the likes of Sunset Sons and Saint Raymond and played the BBC Introducing stage at One Big Weekend.

| Leaf - October 31. Doors - 7pm GoGo Penguin Hailing from Manchester, Mercury Prize Album of the Year winning acoustic-electronica trio GoGo Penguin draw on a heady brew of influences: from Brian Eno, John Cage, Massive Attack and Aphex Twin to Manchester's grey rainstreaked urban streets, they create a brave new sound that is wholly their own and has seen them hailed as the most exciting new band to emerge from the UK in years.

Their Blue Note Records debut album Man Made Object was released worldwide earlier this year. | Arts Club Theatre - November 1. Doors - 7pm.

Abbatoir Blues Formed in 2015, their fervent live show swiftly saw Abattoir Blues make their mark on Brighton's fertile music scene. Following support slots alongside Wolf Alice, Merchandise, Yak and The Wytches, the band received acclaim from the likes of the Guardian, NME and DIY.

Their debut double a-side single 'Sense'/'Fading' is released on November 4 via Cannibal Hymns (Dream Wife, Our Girl). Creating a blend of post-punk and post-hardcore, Abattoir Blues have expertly channelled the passion and intensity of their live shows into their first single.

| Arts Club Loft - November 2. Doors - 7pm.

Cat's Eyes are a duo formed by Rachel Zeffira, an Italian-Canadian opera soprano and classical multiinstrumentalist based in London, and Faris Badwan, the singer from British psychedelic-rockers The Horrors.

Their new album 'Treasure House' is out now on Rough Trade Records, and was met with rapturous acclaim from critics. Ably assisted by the beautiful vocal of Rachel Zeffira, theirs is a pop sound from a bygone era that seems curiously at odds with the more animalistic output of The Horrors - no bad thing, but fans should expect the unexpected. | Leaf - November 3. Doors - 7pm. | For more details see www.

battered old ukulele. Influenced by playing jazz and classical music both in and out of school and their own desire to explode the pop formula, they started writing a series of uniquely structured compositions. On a month-by-month basis their repertoire of instruments expanded to include the saxophone, the piano, mandolin, drums, synthesizers, harmonica, recorders and whistles, even if their audience initially was only each other. | Arts Club Loft - October 30. Doors - 7pm.

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