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REVIEW: 6 Music Festival takes Liverpool by storm as thousands turn out for epic weekend; We look back at the most memorable moments from the line up including Hot Chip, Anna Calvi and She Drew the Gun.

Byline: Amy Browne

Thousands of music fans turned out in Liverpool this weekend as 6 Music Festival took over the city.

The BBC radio station, which specialises in alternative music, set up camp at some of Liverpool's most loved music venues, including theOlympiaand Mountford Hall.

Theline upincluded The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Hot Chip, Anna Calvi, Bill Ryder-Jones, She Drew The Gun, and Jon Hopkins.

The festival proved hugely popular, with many of the gigs having sold out soon after it was announced it was coming to Liverpool.

The event also included day time events atCamp and Furnaceand late night DJ sets at Invisible Wind Factory, with 2ManyDJs and Craig Charles amongst the line up.

Here we take a look back at the highlights from a memorable weekend:

While it's plausible to suggest that most of Liverpool's gig going fraternity are down the road at Mountford Hall for John Grant, those that made the minor step to the outskirts of Kenny tonight have just witnessed a performance like no other.

A makeshift line -up of gigs that has been covered in a sheet and had BBC 6Music Festival daubed on it, is now upon us. The radio station is doing an excellent job of including the entire Liverpool music scene and its players while not having a line up that is half as good as its predecessors. And yet this opening night at the fantastic Olympia gives as good as it gets. It's not just the Grafton around here these days.

The festival is a boon for newer artists that are straddling the gap between about to make it and probably have. Sort of. The line up here suggests two acts destined for greater things (She Drew The Gun, Bodega), one that has stalled (Marika Hackman) and one that should be much bigger (Anna Calvi). 'Much' in big capital letters, daubed on a sheet. In red lipstick. A great gig moving through the polemic folk rock anger of SDTG, onto the NY punk funk of Bodega, through the pseudo grunge of MH and onto the screaming hellfire rock operatics of Calvi. Just wow.

Opening song - Hunter. It was a masterclass in how to own your guitar. Sheer devilry.

Backing band - Drummer and electronics one side, percussion and synths the other. But the guitarist in the red sparkling top and heels in the middle was the focal point of everything.

Best moment - All of it. No, seriously.

Did she mention Liverpool? - Nope. 6Music got a thank you though. Which was nice.

Best song - The one where she played the guitar like Prince. Ah. They were all like that.

Compulsory Beatles cover? - Er. Does a Suicide cover version count? No? Yikes.

Last song - 'Ghost Rider' by The Beatl... I mean, Suicide.

Opening song - 'Bodega Birth'. After an impressive intro from Steve Lamacq the first song was a confident display of bounding percussive dance. They then screwed up the opening to the second song. Live. On national radio. Oh well.

Backing band - Bass, two guitars, as well as a stand up semi - industrial drummer meant the band were all at the front, collectively, and all were a massive part of the experience.

Best moment - When they didn't botch the opening to any other song and played like their lives depended on it. They were really, really brilliant.

Did they mention Liverpool? They thanked us, in between three minute slabs of Talking Heads infused dance pop with a smattering of jagged post punk guitars.

Best song - 'Truth Is Not Punishment'. They layered it so it ran on longer than it normally would. Yet it builds and builds to a very angered pop finale. Wonderful

Compulsory Beatles cover? No. They did play Birkenhead last year, though.

Last song - 'Truth Is Not Punishment'. Which was quite good.

Opening song - Wanderlust. Just her and an electric guitar. Shades of PJ Harvey which showed promise.

Backing band - Kam (guitar), Jenny (bass), Jess (drums). Did a rather excellent job of holding the music up when the songs didn't have much height.

Best moment - The new song 'I'm Not Where You Are' was a belter. It was angry and heartfelt grunge pop with purpose.

Did they mention Liverpool? No. I don't think she knew where she was. Touring does that to you.

Best song - See above.

Compulsory Beatles cover? I'm not sure this is the point.

Last song - Boyfriend. An early single that was all indie rock licks and dashing quickly to the end of the song

Opening song - Resistor. A great way of getting the crowd on side by playing a banger

Backing band - Drummer Sian Monaghan, guitarist Jack Turner and multi-instrumentalist Jenni Kickhefer were augmented by a rock god bassist and they were sublime.

Best moment - Watching a heavily pregnant keyboard player giving it loads and adding to the love in the room. This band mean it.

Did they mention Liverpool? - They did. And being from Merseyside you'd have hoped so.

Best song - Personally I loved the polemic rant rap of 'Resistor (Reprise)' No-one does a reprise any more and they should. I know of a local band who loved a reprise

Compulsory Beatles cover? What?

Last song - Poem. It's just a fantastically written song that should be piped into your echo chamber regularly. Come to think of it, so should the rest of the set.

Night two delivers a bill that's not so much eclectic, more eye catching. Slowthai's angsty and visceral hip - hop is more polish than grime as he wants to party. Spending the very short four song set in the crowd, manoeuvring around the bobbing heads and weaving between the beats to create a groove that is so now. We just didn't see enough of it.

Little Simz sashays onto the stage after her band and whips the crowd into a frenzy. There's expectation here as she toasts and raps her way through a strong and soulful 50 minutes. We bounce, clap and raise our hands to a UK hip - hop star who is teetering on the verge of mass appeal. With a groove laden backing band at her beck and call, 2019 should be her year. It was in here tonight.

Jon Hopkins has worked with Brian Eno, Coldplay and Lorde. Tonight he gave a slightly edited version of the set he has been touring for the last few months. It blends ambient beat, harsh techno abrasiveness all wrapped in clubland beats and downtempo rhythms. Couple that with a visual backdrop that dazzles the eyes and hedonistically overloads the senses and Hopkins is our most important techno musician in years.

Two days of startling talent, in our wonderful city. Tomorrow is only a few short hours away...

Opening song - 'Singularity'. The opening track from the new album. The flickering green line on the screen above him that distorts and mutates gives the crowd an expectation of beats to come.

Backing band - Two laptops. This is electronic music for the busy generation.

Best moment - Watching the film of the skateboarding boy crumble into a million pixels as the bass crawled out of the speakers was a moment. Or possibly a flashback.

Did they mention Liverpool? - Mary Anne Hobbs did in her intro. We've been lovely!

Best song - 'Open Eye Signal' was the closest we got to some serious IDM (intelligent dance music i.e noise). It was fast and hardfaced.

Compulsory Beatles cover? - That would've been hilarious.

Last song - 'Light Through The Veins'. An old, old tune. Everybody's hands were going mental at this point. And so they should. Remarkable.

Opening song - 'Boss'. Yelping into a tiny megaphone, she announced her arrival way after the band had started. Very classy and wonderfully confident.

Backing band - A three piece comprising DJ/producer, drummer and bassist / pianist / keys. They were flawlessly tight. Props to OTG the DJ for holding it all together.

Best moment - Simz dancing with her drummer as he stood behind his kit and just went for it.

Did she mention Liverpool? Eventually. But who cares? She was having so much fun!

Best song - Sorry, but it has to be the mega single 'Selfish'. An absolute banger and the perfect fusion of soul and hip - hop.

Compulsory Beatles cover? Not today. Although she played bass on one track that Macca would've been proud of.

Last song - 'Offence' from the new album 'The Grey Area'. Short, sweet, fun and to the point. Not unlike the set.

Opening song - 'Polaroid'. The DJ had his hoodie up and a balaclava that covered his face. It would've been scary had I not witnessed him grappling with a gull outside the venue earlier. The gull won.

Backing band - See above.

Best moment - Watching him rap in the crowd as he got everyone moving. A flawless tour de force of UK hip-hop.

Did they mention Liverpool? Oh yes! "I love Liverpool. I'm a Liverpool fan! You'll never walk alone with me!" as he vacated the stage. Brilliant.

Best song - 'Doorman'. The most important new rap production from these shores in years.

Compulsory Beatles cover? - He only had time for four songs. I guess his grimere-version of 'Old Brown Shoe' will have to wait.

Last song - 'Ladies'. Not quite sure he even finished it. Live radio, eh?

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Date:Mar 31, 2019
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