After the roaring success of our stage at 2012 that was headlined by the fantastic Temper Trap (you can read all about it here!, Liverpool Sound City is returning as officially the first festival of the year/festival season. If you’re hot for what’s new and want to be one of those in the know for 2013/2014 when it comes to new music, Liverpool Sound City really is where you want to be heading. Forget your Sound of whatever year it is, this festival will have all you need to plan which horse you are going to back. This year’s event will take place across Liverpool city venues from 2nd May to 4th May 2013.
Last year’s festival saw the now household names of alt-J, Jake Bugg and Django Django tear Liverpool a new one, well before the bands went on to become 2012’s hottest properties following their album releases. With over 350 bands appearing in over 25 venues across 3 days, the festival markets itself as “an exhilarating snapshot of all that is vital in music right now”. And we have to agree! At only £30 for a 3- day wristband and £80 for a 3-day delegate pass, it’s terrific value for money, especially with the sheer amount of bands you can see over the weekend.
The first batch of bands has been announced and leading the pack are Jon McClure’s motley bunch Reverend and the Makers, who will be touring in support of their record ‘@Reverend_Makers’, which is to be released in America on the 5th of March. Joining the Reverend are The Walkmen, a New York band who have recently released their sixth studio album ‘Heaven’,a mix of their indie rocking beginnings and their pop punk styling’s. Freaky as hell Egyptian Hip Hop will also be on the bill and their unique live shows, which have been described as ‘hit and miss’, are well not to be missed. Just keep your fingers crossed you catch them on a good day.
To complement the venerable cornucopia of music going on, there will also be a Q&A session with Tracey Thorn, who not only co-founded the Marine Girls, whose two albums became cult classics and then at university met Ben Watt and founded Everything But the Girl, she’s also just published her (I’ve been told brilliant) autobiography Bedsit Disco Queen about her very special career. She will be in conversation with DJ / writer Dave Haslam.
Alongside that you have some proper Heavyweight Champions of the World sales-wise; no, not Jon McClure again. It’s that wonderful home grown Liverpool boy (not Steven Gerrard, moans our editor Mary) Murph of the Wombats (pictured at top). The conference portion of the festival will be hosting a Q&A with the lead singer and the band’s manager Simon Bobbet, who has been with them since the band began.
So whether you’re an industry insider, a punter in need of some rockin’, or just a Liverpool local who wants to know what all the racket is, Sound City is back. Get your tickets now from the official Sound City Web site.