FestEVOL 2016 – The Lowdown


One of our favourite dates in the Liverpool musical Calendar FestEVOL returns in 2016 in a new home courtesy of Camp And Furnace. (See our 2015 pictures HERE)

And following the incredible range of artists announced for this years FestEVOL, it looks like the man behind it, promoter Revo is taking things to the next level. Headlining is a Hollywood star whose music and live performances are as edgy and explosive as the acting roles she chooses in the form of Juliette Lewis. She’s getting back together with her band The Licks to tour and release a new album in 2016 and explained that after working with Brad Shultz of Cage the Elephant “I knew I eventually had to put together a killer band. And I thought … Why don’t I get the best band I ever had back together again – The Licks.”

We asked Revo, what were the reasons for revamping FestEVOL  …

” I felt like with our former home the Kazimier closing we needed a new approach if we were going to take FestEvol up a level. After doing Caribou at the Camp and Furnace it was clear to me what could be achieved in the venue and that it had a natural festival feel. It felt right, as did the placement of the event at the foot of the festival calendar rather than early August. When we started out there wasn’t anything on until the final weekend of August and last year there was almost too much going on so with the venue being much bigger it was best to slingshot to May. And for me personally it’s a better time to work as there’s more talent out on the roads.”

Also, on the bill is Steve Mason, of the Beta Band, whose latest LP Meet The Humans, is released on February 26 via Domino Records, hotly tipped Blossoms return to Liverpool and VPME favourites such as Black Honey and Ladytron’s Marnie are also included. And as ever there’s some of the most exciting new talent from the local area such as Hooton Tennis Club, The Vryll Society, The Probes, RongoRongo, Scarlet, Pink Kink, Bathymetry and Feral Love to name but eight.

Was it hard work pulling such a stellar lineup together and how long had Revo been planning this one?

“I’ve been toying with the idea for a while but once I set it into motion it took about a month to get everything together. I confirmed Juliette to play, and it’s pretty exclusive as she’s only playing two UK shows and then I was able to build the rest of the lineup. Getting Steve Mason back on the eve of his third album release was a coup as the record is fantastic and will be much loved and then Blossoms confirming and then selling out their O2 show in March with us in advance was beautiful. I thought we’d have to hold off announcing them but they’ve broken through the stratosphere these past few weeks and are going to be massive. I missed a couple of things I would’ve liked to have booked but I’m very happy with the lineup, it’s really strong, fresh and I know every artist can live up to it on stage, which is always the most important thing to me when booking.. “

We did wonder how on earth so many bands could be crammed into one day , but never fear ….

“The plan is to have 4 stages and there’s a weave to create a natural ebb & flow throughout the venue and FestEvol is a Leo Sayer (all dayer) and we’re starting reasonably early and running it late. It’s a marathon event and you’ll need your very best rock-n-roll stamina.”

Finally, we asked Revo if this special early FestEvol would  become a regular fixture and will there still be the traditional August FestEvol.

“We’ll wait and see, convene about a week post event and assess the pro’s and con’s. I’m still planning on an August event and there’s something booked in the calendar but it’s a little way off for us yet and we’re still forming ideas but it’s nice to have more exciting events in the pipeline to run in tandem with the program of quality Evol shows coming up…”

You can get tickets for the event via THIS LINK

Full line up

Juliette & The Licks

Steve Mason


Hooton Tennis Club


The Vryll Society

Black Honey

By The Sea

Hidden Charms


Dead Buttons

Baba Naga


Girl Friend

Man Made


The Orielles

The Amazons



Pure Joy

Pink Kink

The Shimmer Band

Strange Collective

Tom Low


Feral Love

Psycho Comedy


The Probes





Indigo Moon

Year Of The Fiery Horse

Little Triggers



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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the VPME.com. House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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