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The Parrots – Saturday 27th August

The Parrots – Saturday 27th August

The Parrots started as a band in Madrid and for three years have played packed venues and put out EPs and singles which are have gained momentum and popularity across the world. Now comes the release of their first album.

Extreme Noise Terror – Friday 26th August

Extreme Noise Terror – Friday 26th August

After decades of releases and a relentless touring schedule, their latest self titled release is a true aural assault in the old school hardcore style and we can’t wait to bring them back to Liverpool for the first time in 27 years!

Elevant / SPQR / Lilium / L U M E N – Sunday 31st July

Elevant / SPQR / Lilium / L U M E N – Sunday 31st July

The first night of post punk/psych rock/grunge band Elevant’s tour supporting their new single ‘Hide It Away’.

Cabbage – Friday 4th November

Cabbage – Friday 4th November

Manchester-based five piece serving up an idiosyncratic, satirical attack in the form of discordant neo post-punk.

Extreme Noise Terror – Friday 26th August

Extreme Noise Terror – Friday 26th August

Broken Bow & FBFO bring hardcore punk/grindcore legends EXTREME NOISE TERROR to The Magnet!

The Scouse Jam – 17th July

The Scouse Jam – 17th July

We are back for our 4th event and its our 1 year birthday, come across to Liverpool and join us to celebrate!

The Membranes – Friday 30th September

The Membranes – Friday 30th September

The influential 80s UK post punk band, The Membranes, return to Liverpool after their sellout performance with Buzzcocks last year at The Kazimier.

Broncho – Tuesday 4th October

Broncho – Tuesday 4th October

The Oklahoma band Broncho crafts sing-along anthems that combine punk and garage-rock. Raw guitar chords and energy, plus DIY sentiment, but with hi-fi production. Don’t miss their debut at The Magnet – tickets are on sale now!

Musicians Against Homelessness

Musicians Against Homelessness

Oasis guru Alan McGee is launching a new nationwide campaign called Musicians Against Homelessness. Its twin aims are to raise funds for the homeless charity Crisis and provide gig opportunities for up-and-coming bands.

A Unique Venue

About The Magnet

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Founded in 1958, the Magnet holds an illustrious and iconic place in Liverpool’s musical history. Originally, the street level bar was called the ‘Rumblin’ Tum’ and the basement the ‘Sink Club’. It was one of the city’s first black music venues and entry was by way of a numbered sink plug on a short length of chain which proved membership.

Freddie Mercury first played with Brian May in a band called Ibis at the Sink Club and there seems to be very few bands and performers that at some point in their careers haven’t graced the dark red stage. Following a brief period in the early 90’s as a tapas bar, the venue was extensively refurbished and re-named as The Magnet in 1998. A couple of years later, the main room was extended and the sound system upgraded to include a world class Funktion One. The Magnet as we now know it was born. In the past decade, the venue’s line ups have read like a who’s who of contemporary and classic black music artists, including memorable appearances from Roy Ayers, Louie Vega, Gilles Peterson, Gregory Isaacs, Horace Andy, Todd Terry, Jazzy B, DJ Spinna, Karizma, Mr Thing, D-Styles, People Under The Stairs, Groove Assassin and Wolf Music.

Upstairs, residents spin disco, boogie, soul, funk, Latin, Afro and house music all night long…

The Magnet boasts a long list of accolades including ‘Best Bar in Liverpool’ – The Guardian March 2008, ‘Best Bar’ – The Itchy Guide, and sits proudly at No 29 in the Best Bars in the World – GQ Magazine 2007.

Music Selectors

Residents & Friends

Adam 'Pooky' Speechly

The bohemian b-boy, the Wirral wonder, the Caucasian blunder…

Bear Growls

Bear Growls

Bear Growls plays disco, funk, house and all things soulful. Recently supporting Greg Wilson, Giles Peterson and The Reflex, he is one busy bear!

Kole

Kole

Kole’s range extends across House, Disco, Funk, Hip Hop, Rare Groove and Soul. He is heavily rooted in the underground Liverpool music scene & without him, it wouldn’t be what it is today.

James Sims

James Sims

James hosts a fortnightly show on Sessions Faction Radio where you’ll hear everything from Funk, Soul and Disco to House and Techno via Afrobeat, Jazz and World Beats.

Beaten Tracks DJs

Beaten Tracks DJs

Beaten Tracks are a Liverpool-based collective of DJs, promoters and afficionados who champion the rare, the dusty and the forgotten… expect funk, soul, reggae, Afrobeat, Latin, hip-hop, blues and jazz; leftfield beats and soulful enlightenment.

Jess Doyle

Jess Doyle

Jessica played her first gig whilst she was still at school at the legendary Magnet in Liverpool. Music is integral to her life, always searching for sounds that span the world and somehow putting them together to understand more the lineage of music. From Fela Kuti to the Pharcyde, from Erykah to Big Mama Thornton to Kenny Dixon. From Ethiopia to Detroit to Brazil and all over.

Gavin Kendrick

Musical influences? Osunlade to Sade, Sun-Ra to Chic, Quincy, Curtis, ?uestlove too; Hendrix to Hancock, 4Hero to Fela, Madlib and Dilla to Erykah Badu.

Andy Ash

Andy Ash has built up a broad ranging back catalogue of releases over the last five years on labels such as Dessous, SAFT and Fly By Night Music to name a few. Expect to hear anything from Vince Montana to Omar S.

Mark Lyons

Underground Soul, Disco, Boogie, House, Rare Groove and Balearic belters get an airing across sets inspired by 25+ years of record collecting, DJing and countless nights on the dance floor from Blackburn to Barbarellas.

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