Introducing Dave Monks
This year’s LIMF might be earlier in the summer but it’s no less spectacular. BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Introducing’s Dave Monks is hosting the It’s Liverpool stage on the Saturday and Sunday. It’s Liverpool caught up with Dave to find out who he thinks we cannot afford to miss.
Jalen Nagonda is at 1.30 on the Saturday. “He’s been involved in the LIMF Academy”, explains Dave. “He has an excellent voice that’s sounds like early Motown. BBC Introducing has been pushing him and he’s involved with a couple of other acts”. Cavalry and Stealing Sheep both play on the Saturday afternoon as well.
“Cavalry have been played by both me and Janice Long, they’re definitely worth checking out. Stealing Sheep we first had on about four years ago, they always put on a good show. It’s different styles for different ears”.
On the Sunday, Dave says you have to see The Vryll Society, hot off the stage at Glastonbury. “They’re a great band and have been knocking round a few years. They’re signed to DeltaSonic and did a great performance at Glastonbury”. Another Liverpool band who stormed Glastonbury and are rapidly gaining a name is Clean Cut Kid. Signed to Polydor Records their latest single We Used to be in Love is getting excellent airplay.
It wouldn’t be a summer festival without the chance of a good singalong and Dave thinks that could come by way of Dave McCabe and the Ramifications. “They’ll play some Zutons in their set, as they did at BBC Music Day at the Pier Head. It’ll be really good, the new songs are well produced, he’s a great songwriter”.
“It’s exciting young talent and it’s crucial to the whole setup of the programme…”
For those who like their music a bit more 80s, Mick Head from Red Elastic Band and Shack is the last act on Sunday. “I grew up listening to Shack”, says Dave. “Mick’s looking match fit, the band’s on form, they have a string section. It’ll bring together a lot of big music fans of all ages”.
Many of the younger acts appearing on the stage have come through the LIMF Academy. Supporting new and emerging artists with support around marketing, recording, promotion, producing, funding and mentoring, Dave Monks works with the Academy alongside Yaw Owusu, Bido Lito and legendary producer Steve Levine.
“It’s exciting young talent. It’s the background of where all these acts come from and it’s crucial to the whole setup of the programme”. The music industry is changing so rapidly that acts need support through the whole process. What can appear to be an overnight success often has years of experience preparing for the spotlight.
Take She Drew the Gun, currently getting a lot of national interest and support, says Dave. “We had Louise in for her first session and started sending tracks through to Steve Lamacq at BBC Radio Six Music. He then brought her in to do a session at Maida Vale. The LIMF academy fits well into this, it’s about getting tips and training in the music industry”.
Obviously, Dave will be tied to the It’s Liverpool stage but there are still other acts he wants to see.
“John Power on the Saturday night will be great. He’ll do Cast tracks and they have a new album and new tracks. It’s great to see the Wombats playing as well”.
Sefton Park is the ideal setting for the festival, he says, especially because it’s size enables them to have so many stages (there’s the Central Stage, It’s Liverpool, Laces Out and Silent Disco in the park).
“This is the first year that LIMF is being held in July so there’s no clashes like there are on August Bank Holiday weekend with Reading Leeds or Creamfields. Hopefully, we’ll have great weather”.
Here’s hoping but we’re perfectly happy to dance in the rain.
Listen to The Vryll Society at Glastonbury on the BBC here
Clean Cut KId tracks and performances on the BBC are here.