NEWS: Japanese noise rock stars BO NINGEN to headline WRONG Festival


Liverpool’s WRONG Festival, presented by Loner Noise, adds to its already formidable line-up of heavy, noisy and nasty bands, announcing its headliner: Japanese psych legends Bo Ningen.

The festival takes place on 22nd April 2017 across three Liverpool Docklands venues; Invisible Wind Factory, North Shore Troubadour and Drop the Dumbulls. Joining headliners Bo Ningen are a host of underground heroes in the form of Cowtown, Skinny Girl Diet, False Advertising, Bonnacons of Doomand Jazzhands. The festival will also introduce bands from the Loner Noise record label roster, SPQR, Gravves, Pocket Apocalypse and Duke Mercury.

Meet the 2nd Wave Acts:

Bo NingenThe festival’s headliner, who just played Liverpool’s Olympia with Primal Scream. Hailing from Japan but now based in London, they have a ferocious reputation for exhilarating live insanity. They’ve released 3 fantastic albums and have collaborated with Savages, earning widespread acclaim from the likes of The Quietus, DIY, Line of Best Fit and The New York Times. To them “Being ‘psychedelic’ means to stand quietly / loudly in the middle of interzone and stare at both sides at once”.

CowtownCowtown describe themselves as “Variant Mutant Pop”, though that just begins to scratch the surface. Taking cues from Devo, they’re fantastically immediate, cutting, and most importantly, huge fun. Their most recent effort,Paranormal Romance is a high octane wonderland.

Skinny Girl Diet This is what Riot Grrrl sounds like now. Having just released their debut album Heavy Flow, they’ve mastered their blend of Breeders style songwriting and MC5 intensity, gathering widespread acclaim and even playing a Boiler Room set.


False Advertising

False Advertising Twisted power grunge purveyors False Advertising are hot property. Recently booked for SXSW, they’re following on from a bumper year supporting their Brainless EP which included working with Too Pure Singles Club.

Bonnacons of Doom With black metal imagery in their logo and reflective masks on stage, Bonnacons are an enigma, producing “Context specific noise rock and heavy psych” that enthrals and pummels. Rumour holds that they contain aMugstar member, though who’s behind the masks remains to be seen.

SPQR Listening to SPQR is like being a passenger in a speeding car, at 2am, with a body in the boot and a driver you’re pretty sure put it there. They’re like a musical representation of the minds of Cronenberg and Lynch, bending a sinister slink to their dirty art rock.

Gravves Matching Future of the Left noise and humour to Queens of the Stone Age hooks and seductive sleaze, Gravves are noise merchants bar none. With their debut EP Rattle due in February, and their live ferocity matches the record.



JazzhandsLiverpool noise rock legends comprising of 3 drummers, a bassist and a saxophonist. They combine Hella and Lightning Bolt with John Coltrane, and do it in the most raucously entertaining way possible, occasionally involving glitter, always involving carnage.

Pocket ApocalypsePost rock and Alt-rock veterans who’re ArcTanGentfavourites, Pocket combine the taut, emotional Alt-rock of Failure’s Fantastic Planet with the heart crushing crescendos of And So I Watch You From Afar.

Duke Mercury Duke Mercury make paradoxical music, forever teetering on the edge of falling apart yet never doing so, intensely noisy yet immeasurably fun. The two piece combine noise pop and math rock with a sense of interplay that can only come from telepathy.

More acts to be announced soon.

WRONG Festival takes place on the 22nd April, 2017 in the new creative hub of Liverpool’s Docklands. For more information, head to

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