Liverpool Sound City has just announced yet another wave of acts for May’s festival extravaganza in one of the most iconic and musical cities on the planet. The countdown is now truly on with less than two months until over 30 venues in the city are taken over by 300 bands from around the world, including some of the brightest stars, the hottest new talents and the next generation of melody makers all uniting for a music, arts and cultural showcase unlike any other.
The scene is set for the 4th Liverpool Sound City which again will shape the UK’s music manifesto; three days and nights of enrichment, excitement and discovery await across the entire city. As well as the current amazing offers for both festival and delegates wristbands – which again go up in price from April 1st and April 10th respectively – from April 1st there’s the chance to buy single day wristbands too.
The View will bring their anthem-led cuts to Liverpool as longstanding friends of the city and of the festival. They headline the O2 on opening night Thursday 19th May. Post-punk revivalists Clinic represent Liverpool using their vintage keyboards/organs to incredible effect along with their beloved Philips Philicorda and peculiar off-scale chord progressions. The surgical mask wearing Domino recordings legends now deep in the game for over a decade and have just released their 6th studio album ‘Bubblegum’ and debut on Friday May 20th. There’s a mouth-watering treat from Radiohead drummer Philip Selway too, who headlines the Bella Union showcase on Saturday 21st.
Voice of Grime DJ Target takes over Bumper on Sat 21st May with his Showcase; The Radio 1 xtra DJ is part of the Roll Deep collective and comes packing a number 1 track under his belt with ‘Green Light’. He was part of the ground-breaking garage act, Pay As You Go, and has worked with many huge stars including Dizzee Rascal, Jamelia, Wiley and Boy Better Know, and continues to showcase new music each and every week to the nation. Yasmin headlines this show; the hip-hop and R&B starlet offers a beguiling new angle for Target’s hip-hop, R&B and urban excursions which will captivate LSC. The Bumper show also features many of the scene’s brightest new stars, including Cherri V, The Cipher, Lioness and MZ Bratt.
Liverpool’s own singing sensation, Delta Maid, also stars; the hypnotic country and blues singer’s debut album, Outside Looking, captures the essence of her American roots vocals, and Liverpool’s hottest new talent is set to stun LSC.
Back with the bands and they just keep coming; American punkers Set Your Goals headline the 02 Academy 2 on Fri 20th May as their sound captures a new dynamic front at LSC, whilst Smoke Fairies’ spooked-out spectral harmonies will enchant on Thurs 19th May. Dinosaur Pile Up’s Growing Pains brilliance was in its simplicity, bursting with chugging guitars and exuberant pop-tinged choruses which will feature in the Masque on Thurs May 19th; they’re joined by Broken Records, whom NME likened to Scotland’s own Arcade Fire. Ninja Tune’s experimental hip-hop star Dels will show why he’s feted for a big future.
New York lo-fi 60’s revivalists Cults (USA) also star alongside Indie-rock outfit Cloud Control (Australia). Disco-indie-rock-popper The Jezebels (Australia) also feature at LSC; Aussie soloist Dan Parsons whilst Grimes’ (Canada) ethereal and electronic pop reaches the places others fail to touch. Expect art-rock experimentalism from Braids (Canada), Brighton’s new-wave four-piece Flashguns, Mazes’ indie folk rock and psychedelic, Leeds based FILMS, The Wombats-supporting The Good Natured and precocious hot talent Spark all star too at Liverpool Sound City.
These acts join the ever growing list for the May event which includes: Black Lips, Cast, Chad Valley, Dan Parsons, Dutch Uncles, Ed Sheeran, Forest Swords, Frank Turner, Funeral for a Friend, Jamie XX, Kid British, Miles Kane, Mona, Mugstar, Sound of Guns, Spank Rock, Steve Mason, The Chapman Family, The Red Suns, The Sand Band, The Suzukis, The View, The Whip, Trophy Wife, Wave Machines, Willy Mason, Wretch 32 and many more to be confirmed…
Already established as an epoch-breaking music, arts, cultural and multi-media extravaganza, LSC is rich in burgeoning new sounds and styles from home-grown local bands through to the most dynamic and fresh talent sourced from around the world. LSC is replete with the latest film premiers, art exhibitions and is a cultural celebration of the city’s heritage and the wider scope of the UK’s contemporary music scene, championing current innovators and mavericks whilst heralding the next generation of futurists and avant-garde play-makers. Featuring such a broad array of interest, from the commemorative John Peel World Cup through to daily conferences with legendary keynote speakers and special guests, Liverpool Sound City is the only festival which brilliantly combines the diversity, eclecticism and vibrant spirit of Great Britain’s creative scene.
Liverpool Sound City 2011 takes place from Thursday 19th – Saturday 21st May
Ticketing info: 3-day Live Festival Wristbands: £40 until April 1st (increasing to £45 after)
Single day wristbands available from April 1st
Thursday £22.50 / Friday £22.50 /Saturday £25
Full Delegate passes: £140 until April 10th (increasing to £150 after)