Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2018

By on Monday, 19th February 2018 at 11:00 am
 

The newest installment of Liverpool Sound City will see the Merseyside event split the difference between its physically isolating docklands location with open air stages of the last 3 years and its spiritual origins as a city festival. The festivities of Sound City 2018 will move to multiple venues in the Baltic Triangle, an excellent decision in my opinion, and will take place the first May bank holiday, 5-6 May. A few weeks ago, the festival announced their lineup, but I’ve only now gotten around to taking a closer look at all the names. It’s pretty awe-inspiring.

Aussie alt-rockers DMA’s (pictured at top), who wowed me and many other punters at SXSW 2016, are no strangers to UK festivals, having already made the rounds the last 2 years. They’ll have travelled a long way for the honour of headlining Saturday night, so I’m expecting them to pull out all the stops. The Sydneysiders are gearing up to release new album ‘For Now’ on the 27th of April, before appearing in Liverpool. Birmingham’s Peace, Sunday night’s headline act, will be celebrating the release of new album ‘Kindness is the New Rock and Roll’ 2 days prior on Ignition Records. Check out the video for ‘From Under Liquid Glass’ from the LP below; the newest album taster from the band, ‘Power’, can be streamed on Spotify. For mainstream rock fans, their performance will no doubt be a wonderful way to cap off a bank holiday weekend. Incidentally, in case you missed it, Peace have also been announced as co-headliner at Live at Leeds 2018 the day before. They’re on equal footing at that event in North Yorkshire with Liverpool’s own Circa Waves, who are oddly and conspicuously missing from the Sound City lineup.

Upon closer inspection of the rest of the festival poster, many names will be familiar to you TGTF readers. IDLES (England), Picture This (Ireland), Billie Marten (England), Airways (England), The Academic (Ireland) and Indoor Pets (England; formerly Get Inuit) have all had their own closeups at past SXSWs. Dermot Kennedy (Ireland), Sam Fender (England), Husky Loops (London via Bologna), Otzeki (England), The RPMs (England) and Superorganism (their members hailing from several different European countries) will have their chance to shine in Austin next month ahead of appearing at this year’s Sound City. Other amazing acts scheduled to appear include The Orielles, who we discovered at the 2013 edition of Sound City and who just released their debut album ‘Silver Dollar Moment’ last Friday on Heavenly Recordings; Baxter Dury; Black Honey; JAWS; Matt Maltese and Paris Youth Foundation.

Of course, there are so many other bands performing at the event and even more yet to be announced. Now that Sound City have smartly reconsidered their format, turning it back into a club-centric festival, the 2018 edition is the perfect opportunity to visit one of the best music cities in the UK and discover some new favourites. Single day tickets to Liverpool Sound City are available for £29.50. For £55, you can snag a weekend ticket. Get your official tickets through this link. To read all of our coverage on Liverpool Sound City from past years, go here.

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