The city of Liverpool brought us The Beatles, it’s brought us Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher, and they’ve been European Capital of Culture in 2008. It’s a city that just keeps on giving!
Now, what could they have next to give? Well, how does an incredible array of exciting new names for the UK’s first big festival of the year, Liverpool Sound City resonate within? Last year saw those 2012 Mercury Prize-winning scamps alt-J grace one of the festival’s many stages, alongside teenage sensation (who isn’t One Direction) Jake Bugg and Scottish indie rockers Django Django before each act went on to critical success, leaving punters in their wake drooling in earnest. Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran performing at the festival early in their careers has simply added to the fact that Liverpool Sound City is a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now.
So what stellar acts are set to grace the stages that so many of the UK’s top artists have begun their career on? Before the release their fourth album ‘Heart of Nowhere’ later in May, London folkies Noah and the Whale will be performing a special show in Liverpool’s spectacular Anglican Cathedral on the Thursday 2nd of May.
It is important also to remember that one of the things Sound City does best is showcase the best of the North. This year is no exception, with a trio of high-profile Manchester-based bands having been announced. Joining Noah and the Whale on the bill are Everything Everything, who are riding on the crest of a wave following the release of second album ‘Arc’. Their synth-driven indie pop will go delectably with the left-field math rock/pop of Dutch Uncles‘ new ‘Out of Touch in the Wild’. With their latest adventurous album ‘Collections’ failing to impress critics, Delphic will be hoping that some serious live shows can get them back in the public eye.
One band who are worth keeping an eye on in 2013 and who will coincidentally also be appearing at Sound City are Drenge. Their eclectic mix of punky blues, rock ‘n’ roll are sure to at least give you something to think about. Alongside the names I have mentioned, you’ve got Alessi’s Ark, Jetta, Bipolar Sunshine, Loom, Deep Sea Arcade, Blackeye, Skaters, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Wolf People, Splashh, Charlie Boyer and the Voyeurs, Lulu James, Arcane Roots, Still Corners, Luls, Hands, Wild Smiles, Ian Prowse and Amsterdam, Mikill Pane, Bebe Black, Jacob Banks, Bo Ningen, Big Deal, Night Engine, Mind Enterprises, Golden Fable and Likely Lads.
Yep, I barely breathed there too. It’s a very literal orgy of British music talent and that’s not even mentioning that heavy hitters like Dexys, The Walkmen, Enter Shikari, Reverend and the Makers, AlunaGeorge, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Kimbie, Future of the Left, King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Darkstar and Toy, were already announced weeks ago.
So stop kidding yourself. If you want to be ahead of the times, don’t sit in your bedroom with your snapback on listening to bands on SoundCloud. Head down to Sound City! With a limited amount of £40 3-day wristbands available until the 2nd of March (THAT’S TOMORROW GUYS!) it’s best to get in early!