Creative Review New Music
Liverpool’s Sound City is looming large on the horizon and anticipation is growing for the wealth of live music it brings to the city, including Death in Vegas, Ghostpoet and Professor Green.
Stemming from a Liverpool showcase at the prestigious SXSW in 2007, Sound City has grown into a celebration of the best in new and emerging music, art and film.
The three-day festival kicks off with headliners Professor Green and The Temper Trap on May 17, alongside emerging band Toy, who is set to be one of the highlights of the weekend.
Stylistically similar to The Horrors and with members originating from the not so prolific Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, their infamous live performances are not to be missed.
Old favourites Alkaline Trio will feature on the opening night and show just how diverse the festival has become.
Alongside the festival will run Sound City Expo, the first of its kind which seeks to “focus on the current and future intersection of music, art, business and technology – giving a real insight into what is possible in the modern age.”
This means involving bands directly and, within the setting of the Echo Arena, there will be a series of live demonstrations, master classes and discussions.
Festival organiser Dave Pichilingi said: “We try to recreate that escapism in Liverpool by using venues that aren’t your normal black box rock and roll stages. For example, we’re using a deserted car park and church with an open roof that was lost during the war.”
On the success of the event, Rob Webb from NME said: “Liverpool has always been a city of sound, so it’s great to see an event that opens up this buzzing music community to an outside audience. Great bands, great venues and great vibes – or, as they say in these parts, boss!”