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Published: Fri April 03, 2009  News Feed

Now in its second year, Gaymers Grassroots Gigs will see six bands head back to their hometown to perform an intimate one-off set in a local venue close to the band’s heart.  
Indie quartet Starsailor will head back to Wigan for a special performance on the 26th April. The band are enjoying critical acclaim thanks to the recent release of their fourth album, which sees legendary rocker Ronnie Wood join them on a version of the album title track All The Plans. The gig promises to be a truly memorable show and feature an eclectic mix of new material and old favourites like Lullaby, Good Souls and Four to the Floor.

A month later on 23rd May, Gaymers Grassroots Gigs will see Liverpool band The Zutons play at St George’s Hall, marking the closing night of the Liverpool SoundCity music festival. It will be a very special hometown performance by The Zutons, who are currently back home writing their fourth album.
Dave McCabe, frontman of The Zutons comments: "It's always a pleasure to play in Liverpool, the last 2 times we played here was at Anfield and the arena. Anfield was boss 'cos we got to meet Sir Paul and Dave Grohl, and my Ma got to meet Ricky Kaiser which was hilarious! The arena was mad 'cos it was our own gig to cap the last tour off and it felt massive, in a good way. But I think this gig will be different 'cos of the intimacy of St George’s, I think the last time we done something like this was in the Zanzibar, it’s always fun to play smaller places it will be interesting and a good one to be at."
The Zutons will be one of only three acts to play at the prestigious St George’s Hall in the past thirty years. Ringo Starr played there in January 2008 and The Wombats performed there later that same year. Before Ringo’s incredible show, St George’s Hall was last used for a gig in the 70s.

Further acts in the Gaymers Grassroots Gigs series will be announced in the coming weeks.
New for this year, three of the Gaymers Grassroots Gigs are hooking up with the UK’s hottest urban festivals. As well as featuring The Zutons at Liverpool SoundCity, Gaymers cider will be hosting a Gaymers Grassroots Gig at The Gaymers Camden Crawl and The Great Escape Festival in Brighton.  

You’ll also be able to watch the gigs on Channel 4 in a 6 part series shown from June onwards. Each show will feature interviews with the bands and footage from the gigs, as well as an intimate look at the people and places that inspired the bands to get where they are today.

Last year, Gaymers Grassroots Gigs saw English favourites The Wombats head home to Liverpool, Mystery Jets return to Twickenham, The Futureheads go back to Sunderland and Young Knives make the trip back to deepest darkest Leicestershire to each perform in their hometown.  

Gaymers cider is into music in a massive way this year.  As well as the Gaymers Grassroots Gigs, Gaymers will again be the Official Cider of Glastonbury and other top UK festivals.  It will also be hosting an exciting cider garden featuring the latest festival must-do - ‘Rockaoke’ - on site at festivals including Bestival, Latitude and Leeds Festival. Gaymers will also have an even bigger presence at the Lovebox Weekender, sponsoring the Gaymers stage which will be housed within its own arena and feature its very own tree-house bar.

Liverpool SoundCity:

Liverpool SoundCity takes place from Wednesday 20th - Saturday 23rd May 2009 at 30 venues across the city - over 400 acts will appear and 25,000 people will attend.
The Zutons will join White Lies, whose debut album recently topped the UK album charts; supergroup Mongrel who feature members of Reverend and the Makers, Babyshambles and Arctic Monkeys; as well as pop sensation Little Boots who have all previously been announced for the festival.
SoundCity champions up and coming talent and captured the zeitgeist of 2008 with highlights that included Santogold, Hercules and Love Affair, Glasvegas, Hadouken, Reverend and the Makers, Laura Marling, The Whip, Crystal Castles, Ladyhawke and The Wombats.
See www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk for further information and tickets - festival wristbands are available for the advance price of £60.

Grassroots Gigs: Dates

Starsailor                Sunday 26th April, Wigan
The Zutons                Saturday 23rd May, Liverpool
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