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LIMF 2017: The new Liverpool music-makers you need to see at this year's festival

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 6 days ago Peter Guy

When people say there's no good new music about, it's more a reflection on them than anything.

This week we've been listening to the joyous soul of Sampha, the gnarly metal prog of Circle and the hypnotic hip hop of Anderson .Paak.

There's a whole universe of sounds out there waiting to be discovered.

And look a little closer to home and there's much to marvel at on our doorstep in Merseyside.

Ahead of Liverpool International Music Festival - LIMF as it's locally known - here's 10 new talents playing Sefton Park that you really should take a listen to.

And while you have a read, here's a handy playlist of all of them.

Zuzu - itsLiverpool Stage - Friday July 21

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For fans of: Courtney Barnett and hot summer jams

Rising songwriter Zuzu is one of Liverpool's break out stars of the year.

She's been making waves on Radio 1 and 6 Music alike while touring the festival circuit and supporting critically acclaimed Australian Courtney Barnett.

She won the GIT Award 2017 One To Watch prize - an honour selected by figureheads from Liverpool's music community and record labels from around the world.

Gazelle - Academy Stage - Friday July 21

For fans of: Jessie Ware and big soulful anthems

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Crosby-based Gazelle is ploughing a lone furrow in the city with her soulful, big numbers aligned to catchy hooks and brassy orchestration.

She was recently picked to play Getintothis Deep Cuts - a night showcasing the best in new Merseyside talent while LIMF have selected her as 'most ready' to break through into the national circuit over the coming year.

Nick Ellis - Bandstand Stage - Friday July 21

For fans of: Nick Drake and reflective folk story-telling

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Nick Ellis is a name Merseyside music lovers will be well aware of since his formative days in nearly-should-have-been band The Maybes?

Since then he's travelled the world, written an album and is readying his next project in the studio.

With a voice to die for and a lyrical wizardry, he's always one to watch - specially on the beatific Bandstand Stage in Sefton Park.

Eleanor Nelly - Bandstand Stage - Sunday July 23

For fans of: Jack White, Margo Price and stripped back country blues

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Despite her years, Eleanor has been on many people's radar for some time - and it's resulted in a record deal with Decca.

She's been away from the stage for a little while recording and working on new material.

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Expect some of that at LIMF as we eagerly await this prodigious talent's latest development.

Mary Miller - Academy Stage - Saturday July 22

For fans of: The xx, lo-fi bedroom melodies, pizza

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Mary Miller has a snowballing following on Merseyside - and it's much deserved.

Melding haunting melodies, bewitching hooks and a genuine knack for a song, she's played pretty much every venue and festival there is to offer.

Catch her on the Academy Stage and expect her to graduate to a bigger one next year.

Astles - Academy Stage - Saturday July 22

For fans of: Ben Howard, Jeff Buckley, odd-ball pop

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Like Mary Mary, Astles (or Daniel to his mates) has been gathering a growing momentum on Merseyside.

With subtle songwriting which gets under your skin, he was the Merseyrail Soundsystem winner in 2017 and is another tipped by the LIMF Academy.

Ali Horn - Bandstand Stage - Sunday July 23

For fans of: Kurt Vile, sitting off or going wild

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Ali Horn's been flexing his considerably guitar chops in various Liverpool bands for some time.

But he's broken out on his own now, and his latest batch of tunes are his best.

From blissed out fuzz to riotous psychedelia he's one of our favourite talents in the city. Nuff said.

Vain Male - Academy Stage - Sunday July 23

For fans of: Mac Demarco, Bill Ryder-Jones, lullabies.

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Vain Male presumably is an ironic moniker for Liam Evans solo project as it's an understated, restrained exercise in warm lovilness.

Having spent his time in rock n rollers Shrinking Minds (a big hit at two consecutive Sound City's) he's now venturing out on his own for something entirely different.

We're glad he has.

Jo Mary - itsLiverpool Stage - Sunday July 23

For fans of: Brian Jonestown Massacre, beans on toast

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The Scouse White Family was how the editor of the UK's biggest (and best) music website, The Quietus dubbed Jo Mary at this year's GIT Award event.

He was fondly comparing them to the the London chaos makers The Fat White Family - and it's no surprise as raw riffs and getting naked are all part and parcel of their schtick.

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Expect anything when they hit the itsLiverpool Stage on Sunday.

Remee - Academy Stage - Sunday July 23

For fans of: Dua Lipa, New Orleans

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Another of LIMF's big tips, this untapped talent, has a remarkable voice and is surely destined to breakthrough into Liverpool's music community in 2018.

Just 20-years-old, she oozes old school soul and dynamic pop , get a first glimpse of Remee at LIMF on July 23.

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