One of Europe’s leading metropolitan festivals of music and arts, Sound City, is making its much anticipated return to the city centre across the first spring bank holiday Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.
Taking place across the Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery in Liverpool, the festival is very much returning to its roots for its 11th year, focused on discovering an abundance of emerging new talent for everyone to savour whilst experiencing many iconic artists in intimate spaces.
The first bands revealed feature alt-psych rock from Peace who have been compared to The Maccabees and Vampire Weekend, through to guitar-electro poppers Slow Readers Club who segue from their insanely catchy upbeat indie to angry, introspective downbeat ballads.
They will rub shoulders with Eno Williams’ Ibibio Sound Machine whose clash of African and electronic elements electrifies stages around the world, through to Baxter Dury who weaves sparse but eclectically funny and touching lyrics through his music – his recent Prince of Tears album garnered great acclaim. Arch social commentators Idles chronicle the decline of the country and skewer the mainstream, whilst there’s energetic indie pop from Jaws who will bounce off Low Island’s colourful, jazz-inspired sounds. Cassia bring their calypso-flavoured afro-rock and the young band continue to make waves, there’s vibrant indie from The Orielles and finally Liverpool-born and enigmatic pop-rocker Zuzu completes the first wave of names.
New for 2018, Sound City Satellite will take the globally acclaimed Sound City model to key towns between Manchester and Liverpool as well as along the M62 corridor in the North of England, announcing the two locations early next year.
The Sound City team will work with key stakeholders such as promoters, record labels and artists to design and deliver a targeted business conference and live music programme. They state their core aim is to shine a national and international spotlight on these towns, demonstrating their business, creative and cultural credentials to a national and international audience.
Friday 4th – Sunday 6th May 2018
Taking place across Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery, Liverpool
Twitter: @soundcity / Insta: @liverpoolsoundcity
Sound City tickets on sale now: https://www.seetickets.com/event/liverpool-sound-city-2018/various-liverpool-venues-liverpool/1152912