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Liverpool Sound City Festival Preview

Liverpool’s iconic Sound City Festival hits the North West this Mayday bank holiday, running between 5th and 6th May.

The multi-venue festival makes its return to city centre locations, in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area, bringing along with it some of the most exciting, fresh new artists to inhabit the current scene. Spread over two full days, 2018’s edition of Sound City looks set to send tidal waves the length of the River Mersey.

WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?

2017’s Sound City festival was the last to be held in Liverpool’s dockland area. Aside from being a minor pain to get to, many fans of the festival felt that the dockland location lacked the spark of Sound City’s original structure. That said, the festival still brought Liverpool an incredibly strong line-up, as they have done year-upon-year.

Headliners came in the form of The Human LeagueThe Velvet Underground & Nico, Metronomoy, and The Kooks. The festival doesn’t only push the big names, though, as they pride themselves on nurturing emerging talent, giving them a chance at the spotlight and therefore that all-important public exposure.

You can take a look at last year’s Sound City video, below.

WHO’S PLAYING?

Sound City 2018 will be headed by DMA’s and Peace, on the Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Australian DMA‘s will be playing on the back of their latest release, Break MePeace will be bringing their own brand of psych to this year’s shindig.

Liverpool noise-purveyors, Queen Zee will be rattling out some of their most raucous numbers to keep the crowds on their toes (or each other’s, depending on the level of moshing taking place), while elsewhere Liverpool’s worst kept secret, Nick Ellis, will be charming audience members with his instrumental dexterity and sublime lyrical ponderings.

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ONES TO WATCH

We may have just mentioned Nick Ellis briefly, but we feel he deserves a recommendation as one of our ‘ones to watch’. Ellis is a master of his craft, weaving impeccable yarns based on his own everyday observations, somehow crafting them into sublime tapestries that would make the greatest Romantic era poet weep. Stunning detail is applied to Ellis‘ tales of love, life, and loss; definitely NOT to be missed. (Sunday, On Air Stage)

Keep your eyes and ears out for Superorganism. The indie-poppers, fronted by 18-year-old Orono Noguchi, are making some spectacular waves on the scene they inhabit, and with good reason; they produce pitch-perfect pop. Look out for their latest hum-dinger, Everybody Wants to be Famous. (Sunday, Hangar34 Stage)

If electronic music is your thing, then you’ll be wanting to check out Abandon Silence VS Modular. The two Liverpool dance-music powerhouses will be going head-to-head to bring you some of the most prominent underground electronic artists the scene has to offer. These mainstays of Liverpool’s dance culture have simultaneously set themselves up as bastions of the sound, a sound that has deep roots in the city. (Saturday, Late Night Party @ District)

CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?

Of course you can! Sound City tickets will only set you back £55 for a full weekend of music. You can buy them, here. Now, go and sort out your best dancing trainees and tell your Ma you’ll be out all weekend.

You can also check our the full schedule at soundcity.uk.com

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Liverpool Sound City 2018 tickets from Skiddle.

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