Liverpool Sound City 2011 competition

Posted on 5 February 2011
By Martin Higgins
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The UK’s coolest boutique urban festival, Liverpool Sound City, has just announced its first wave of acts performing at this years eye-popping event with local heroes Cast at the top of the bill.

And with the festivities to be held in some of the city’s most iconic and beautiful venues, it would be criminal not to clear your diary for this music lovers holiday from May 19th to the 21st.

Now, do you fancy the chance to win two wrist bands to see your favourite bands play at Liverpool Sound City 2011? Throw your name in the hat here by answering the following question:

What was the name of band that John Powers starred in before Cast?

Send answers into: martin@purplerevolver.com

Winners will be selected at random from all correct entries and the results will be announced on the site on Monday the 14th of February. So keep tabs on the home page for developments.

Legendary Liverpool rockers Cast are one of the first bands announced to set the hype machine in motion. Described by Noel Gallagher as a “religious experience” live, Cast were called The Who of the 90s.

Their epoch-breaking All Change album remains a revered classic, and, after reforming in summer last year, Liverpool Sound City will play host to the city’s prodigal sons in May.

The raw and raucous Black Lips bring their American garage sound to Liverpool and keep the quality control at an all time high. Infamous for their intense shows and febrile atmospheres, the USA rockers are revered for their stage antics as much as their irrepressible sets.

North West’s The Whip serve up a heavy, hectic dose of electro-rock whilst LSC faves Wave Machines return too; quixotic and enchanting in equal measure, the Liverpool-based band present the finest electro-pop ditties around town.

Keeping the stateside theme fresh, Baltimore hip-hop and rappers Spank Rock also make their debut.

Bastion of brilliant blues, Willy Mason, also stars. The USA folk songster writes music which belies his still tender age; his sound has evolved since his debut album, Where The Humans Eat, to encapsulate incredibly rich poignancy and heartache.

Revered Liverpool indie rockers Sound of Guns also star, headlining one of the prime shows at the sumptuous and prestigious St George’s Hall.

There’s much more to savour at Liverpool Sound City. USA experimentalists Chain & The Gang also feature, as do the lo-fi charms of Chad Valley, Mugstar’s inspired psychedelic sounds, electro-punk outfit Handsome Furs and the vibrant Colourmusic.

There’s also music from local Liverpool lads The Sand Band, Ed Sheeran, Publicist, Those Dancing Days and don’t forget Forest Swords, a young Wirral-based artist who Pitchfork have heralded as one of their stars for 2011.

Keep checking www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk for more info.