Continuing our look at bands who’ll be featuring at The 2Ube Extra Festival, streamed live from Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts, we’re delighted to introduce you to Breakfast Monkey, an alt rock/rap band who have a reputation for blistering live shows.

Taking inspiration from its iconic eighties namesake, the Channel Four Television programme, The Tube, Liverpool based music showcase; The 2Ube offers an unrivalled opportunity to see discover the most exciting emerging artists active on the north west’s vibrant music scene right now.

Each week we’ll introduce you to some of the acts you can look forward to seeing at the weekly Lipa cafe events as well as The 2Ube Extra Festival which happens in April.

Breakfast Monkey. Photo by James Newmarch
Breakfast Monkey. Photo by James Newmarch

Deep in the jungles of Liverpool, lurks Breakfast Monkey, a 4 piece alternative/rap rock band that consists of roaring guitar riffs, rapid lyrics and turbulent beats.
Their pandemonium-like performances have sold out venues including The Arts Club, The Kazimier and Liverpool Sound City and have given the monkeys a reputation for being one of the best live acts on the independent Liverpool music scene.

2015 promises to be the year to watch Breakfast Monkey as the band have plans to gig over the UK and hit major festivals in the summer including France.


‘Those people from Sound City are no fools. They know a good live act when they see one.’Sean Tizzard (efestivals)

‘Their bass lines dragged you in, and primed the evening with a toasty glow.’Getintothis

‘They were loud, brash and so very heavy rock and the audience were thriving off it, moshing to every song.’LSRadio

‘Usually a few bananas involved when these guys take the stage, so save room and get your potassium levels up.’Galeria

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1st March, Alleycat London, United Kingdom
5th March, The Magnet Liverpool, United Kingdom
18th March, Arts Club Liverpool, United Kingdom
27th March, The Ferret Preston, United Kingdom
17th April, Paul McCartney Auditorium Liverpool, United Kingdom
Some of the bands appearing on The 2Ube and The 2Ube Extra have already been featured by regional and national media, others are ready to be discovered; all are incredibly talented, innovative and exciting prospects.

“There is still a shortage of live music on our terrestrial screens so something like The 2Ube live from LIPA is a fabulous idea, not only does it give the students real industry skills in producing live Television but also offers a platform for emerging music to get seen by a wider audience.” Dave Monks, BBC Radio Merseyside

Based in LIPA Cafe, Liverpool Insititute for the Performing Arts, Mount Street, Liverpool, The 2Ube’s weekly showcase takes place each Friday from 5-7pm. The event features a diverse range of bands from across the north west.

This week’s line up:

5.30pm: SILJE


6.30pm: IDLE FRETS

Keith Mullin of Liverpool band The Farm is a music lecturer at Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts and the driving force behing The 2Ube. He describes the event as “a bastion of cultural diversity, a great breeding ground for new acts. In many ways it adopts a John Peel approach to music, not specialist or genre specific, in that you never know what you’re going to get.”

On March 20th, the show will be live streamed on a designated YouTube channel, attracting viewers from all over the world as we gear up for the main event, the annual 2Ube Extra Festival which is set to attract viewers to its live stream from all over the world.

This year The 2Ube Extra Festival begins on April 15th and runs until April 23rd, featuring four bands each night, together with exclusive interviews and performances with some of the most respected figures in the music industry.

Media outlets are welcome to attend The 2Ube Extra Festibal in order to review and interview any of the artists appearing. You are also welcome to stream the show live on your website on March 20th.

The 2Ube Online:

View/Embed February’s 2Ube Livestream show here:

Timed Running Order:

  • 2.40 Ian Janco
  • 16.50 Sundogs
  • 27.30 Emilio Pinchi
  • 38.20 Silje- Be You (music Video)
  • 58.50 Katya Edwards
  • 1.11.00 Inge Bremnes
  • 1.32.00 Robbie Cavanagh
  • 1.48.00 Native Kings