It’s been exactly 50 years since the famous Summer of Love and the city at its epicentre – Liverpool – is celebrating with 50 Summers of Love, a season of over 60 specially curated cultural, artistic and musical events featuring two newly announced shows: Gary Numan and Brian Wilson.
These two prestigious shows take place back to back at the brand new state of the art Exhibition Centre Liverpool on Thursday 27 & Friday 28 July.
Headlining Thursday is the father of British synth-pop Gary Numan. Having torn up the pop rulebook with the Tubeway Army, it was the launch of his seminal album The Pleasure Principle and Numan’s solo career that really pioneered the UK electronic scene inspiring a new wave of artists across the globe to experiment and embrace a radical new sound.
Having just signed a brand new record deal with BMG and with a new album in the works his show will be a celebration of his epic career spanning almost 40 years and a jaw-dropping 21 studio albums not to mention the promise of some new material. With Liverpool one of only two UK dates this year it’s a unique chance to catch the maestro on the cusp of another incredible chapter in his career.
Support comes from original Ultravox frontman and avant-garde electronic hero John Foxx with his exciting current project John Foxx and The Maths.
Playing on Friday and needing no introduction whatsoever is original Beach Boy, Brian Wilson. Famed for illuminating the 60’s with an infectious blend of pop, psychedelia, complex melodies and tight harmonies, Brian Wilson directed the Beach Boys away from generic surf stalemate to the soaring pop/rock masterpiece that is Pet Sounds. This is the album that changed the rules of popular music forever and influenced every musician who heard it including The Beatles.
With only three shows scheduled in the UK this year and both London and Sheffield already sold out, this is the very last chance to see Pet Sounds performed live by the great man himself. As an extra parting gift this last performance will include a very special rare cuts and greatest hits finale. This show is literally unmissable.
In support is Beach Boys co-founder Al Jardine and The Flames and laterally Beach Boys singer and guitarist Blondie Chaplin.
Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 March and are available from exhibitioncentreliverpool.com echoarena.com seetickets.com ticketmaster.co.uk
Gary Numan show: Thursday 27 July 2017, Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Reserved seating: £37.50+booking fee, GA standing: £30.00+booking fee
Brian Wilson show: Friday 28 July 2017, Exhibition Centre Liverpool
Reserved seating: £65.00+booking fee, GA standing: £45.00+booking fee