The line-up at Invisible Wind Factory includes Black Honey, Kelly Lee Owens, Stealing Sheep and more

If there’s an up and coming new artist that you need to know about then you can bet your hipster hat that EVOL is on the case. The Merseyside event promoter has come out from lockdown with all guns blazing and a stonking line-up for the 2021 chapter of FestEvol, which this year takes place at both Birkenhead’s Future Yard and Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory.

Both Saturdays are going to be an incredible experience, it's everything we've missed for so long and more

There’s clearly a ravenous appetite for live music out there, as the Future Yard event sold out in just two hours and the IWF looks set to follow suit now that the line-up for the Liverpool all-day festivals have been revealed in full. 

The acts and artists confirmed celebrate the best of the city’s music and proudly acclaims some of the UK’s most exciting and prominent artists, a vibrant and eclectic spectrum which seeks to redress the ongoing gender imbalance in festivals.

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Kelly Lee Owens headlines on Saturday 7 August Photo © Kim Hiorthøy

Changing the gender imbalance

On Saturday 7 August, acclaimed electronic producer Kelly Lee Owens makes her solo Liverpool debut in support of her critically lauded sophomore album Inner Song alongside Yorkshire synth pop live force Working Men's Club. They return to the city following their success at the BBC 6 Music Festival a couple of years back. 

Electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep perform their 2019 Heavenly Records album Big Wows and FestEvol stalwarts the Tea Street Band are armed to the teeth with freshly recorded material from their forthcoming and highly anticipated third album. 

The four joint headliners are joined by a profusion of both national and Merseyside talent including IST IST, The Ninth Wave, Walt Disco, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, Odd Morris, Pixey, White Flowers, SKIA, Haarm, The DSM IV, Eyesore & The Jinx, Silent-K, Psycho Comedy, Honey Motel and Oranj Son.

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Liverpool electro-pop trio Stealing Sheep

All day events

Saturday 14 August sees a switch in musical styles from dance to more traditional indie, as London four piece The Big Moon return to the city after selling out their early 2020 O2 Academy show in support of their Top 20 album Walking Like We Do

Uptempo daydream pop Halifax three piece The Orielles also make a graceful return, bringing their seamless second album Disco Volador to life after an absence of four years. 

Brighton indie rock group Black Honey make a third return after hitting the chart highs with a number seven album Written & Directed earlier this year and Sheffield pop sensation Rebecca Lucy Taylor formerly of the group Slow Club makes her Evol and Liverpool debut as Self Esteem. 

The four headliners are joined by an inimitable supporting cast including Lucia And The Best Boys, Big Joanie, Pins, Phoebe Green, Trudy And The Romance, Holy Youth Movement, Average Sex, The Peach Fuzz, Ali Horn, Gen & The Degenerates, Bobby West, Zee Davine, Beija Flo, Michael Robert Murphy, Sky Valley Mistress, Rongo Rongo, The Merchants and Hannah's Little Sister.

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EVOL favourites, The Orielles

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The DJ line up includes Primal Scream producer and former Sabres of Paradise member Jagz Kooner, Welsh BBC radio presenter Katie Owen, extravert punk drum & bass group Tokky Horror and Liverpool club stalwarts Liquidation Sound System, MrPaul, Jimmy Allen, Bear Growls and Jade Li.

Promoter Steve ‘Revo’ Miller said: "It’s a wonderful feeling to be announcing a further two FestEvol events for the region at the much loved Invisible Wind Factory venue. We've had an enforced 18 months out the game and I'm encouraged that consumer confidence in live music has returned. 

“These events are tailor made to showcase some of the brightest and best artists in the country under one roof with a beautiful supporting cast of the best groups from the region and beyond. Both Saturdays are going to be an incredible experience, it's everything we've missed for so long and more."

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Mercury Prize-nominated The Big Moon headline on Saturday 14 August

FestEvol 2021 at Liverpool’s Invisible Wind Factory runs on 7 and 14 August, 1pm - 1am, last entry at 6pm. Both days are full venue events with live artists in the main room and substation plus DJ sets in the garden. 

Tickets for FestEvol are priced from £31.40 and available from SeeTickets. For all of the latest updates follow EVOL on Instagram.

Invisible Wind Factory, 3 Regent Road, Liverpool, L3 7DS

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