Liverpool Sound City 2013 promises to be a very big deal. Much like last year, in fact, but bigger still. If you haven’t heard of the event before, allow me to illuminate… Back in 2007, a bunch of forward thinking folk from Liverpool put on a showcase event @ SXSW in Austin, for a handpicked selection of the best acts from the UK’s Northwest. It was called Sound City. In 2008, Liverpool was the UK’s Capital of Culture, so those same people brought Sound City back home. The event has grown somewhat over the years, and now is a full, 3-day festival, focused on music, media, arts and more. Over 360 artists play at 25 venues across the city centre. You might just see one of the big acts of 2013 in a small, intimate venue, before they make it ‘big’ (last year, Mercury Prize winners Alt-J played, as did fellow nominees, Django Django, and rising superstar, Jake Bugg).
Liverpool Sound City 2013 is also very much a music industry event. With a huge ‘Expo’ at the cities Echo Arena with a Dj / Music /Games hub! Aside from the 3000+ industry professionals who will attend the event and watch the huge array of talent on show, there are a series of music business conferences and events, aimed specifically at the attending delegates who work within the industry, making this as much about business as it is about music. In this part of the event, those with a delegates tickets can attend, amongst other things, Q&A sessions with Tracy Thorn and The Wombats. Legendary Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog-Oldman & SJM supremo Simon Moran provide interesting and intriguing keynote interviews, if you want to be the best, you’d best learn and listen from the best!
The Sound City 2013 team mailed over a poster with the details of who will be playing this May, and it already looks like an event not to miss. New York band, The Walkmen, are scheduled, performing the acclaimed material that many have declared the best of their career in an incredibly intimate environment. Alongside these, Reverend and The Makers will also play. The Sheffield based 5-piece’s appearance is perhaps a nod to Sound City’s roots in that original showcase. Enter Shikari return once again and Delhic prove they are no one trick pony. As do Noah & The Whale who having played to huge festival crowds strip back to perform at the uk’s premiere boutique festival. Probably the hottest band on the block ‘Bastille’ will certainly fill the ‘I was there’ slot this year. Northwest band, Egyptian Hip-Hop is also scheduled to play. The Manchester band has been causing a stir since the release of debut ‘Some Reptiles Grew Wings’ in 2010. Toy, Murkage, Chapel Club, Fossil Collective, The 1975, Hawk Eyes, Swim Deep, and The Family Rain have all also been confirmed alongside the ‘Cream’ of Merseyside and Manchester’s finest, This is the North West & many of the regions finest will be on display. Sound City is still the place where you will see many of tomorrow’s stars, today!
If all of this hasn’t convinced you, then the whole event is set against the backdrop of one the UK’s (if not Europe’s) most renowned party cities with many club nights and after shows going well into the break of dawn. many have said that Sound City starts on Wednesday and stops on Sunday with no open or closed signs in the city. Sound City are 24 hr. party people and with the ‘Derby’ on the same weekend what are you waiting for? Sound City 2013 takes place from 2nd-4th May.
May The 4th Be With You!