LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY 2012
/ Bear In Heaven / Still Flyin’ / Forest Swords / Stealing Sheep / Charli XCX / The History Of Apple Pie / TOY / Lower Than Atlantis / Don Broco / Futures / The Computers / The Big Sleep / Yukon Blonde / Willis Earl Beal / Thunderbird Gerard / Lulu James / EJ / Still Corners / Folks / The Heartbreaks / Fixers / Mugstar / Eugene McGuinness / Stephen Langstaff / Sissy & The Blisters / The Kill Van Kulls / The Night / Electric Guest / White Arrows / Said The Whale / Bleached / Dan Croll / Capac / Ex Easter Island Head / Jonquil / Shields / Towns / PINS / Pikachunes / Princess Chelsea / Midnight Youth / Step Panther / Millions / Inland Sea / Ben Salter / Bonfire Nights / Oliver Tank / Wim / Jackson Firebird / The Bowers / Sietta / Jordan Cook / Kestrels / Ben Caplan / Slow Down Molasses / Strangers On A Train / The Second Grace
Liverpool Sound City celebrates its 5th Birthday in May and the line up continues to grow for what is set to be the best event yet. Having announced acts such as Professor Green, White Denim, Death In Vegas and the BBC Sound Best Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka previously the next wave of artists brings the most exciting contemporary artists to Liverpool with a few classic names thrown in for good measure.
Australian guitar band The Temper Trap have recently expanded to a five piece, ensuring a much bigger and more rounded sound for their second album ‘The Temper Trap’, which is released in May. The release of their first album propelled them to international acclaim and their much anticipated return will see celebrated frontman Dougy Mandagi back in the north west for a must see show.
Kids In Glass House’s infectious, hook laden rock has ensured a wildly devoted and rapturous young following and their huge riffs and choruses has led to widespread mainstream success. This hot and sweaty show will be a Sound City highlight. Of a more gentle leaning is Irish singer songwriter, James Vincent McMorrow whose captivating songs sound both fresh and as if they’ve been in your head forever. His live shows are simply spellbinding and James will be playing tracks from his debut album ‘Extracts From A Conversation’ as well as premiering new material.
One of the most talked about artists of the past 12 months, Django Django’s recently released debut album has more than justified the hype. Their ultra modern strain of psychadelia has marked them out as a very special band indeed and attendance at this show is a must! Canadian Tim Hecker plays a rare UK show at Sound City. A favourite of Pitchfork and Wired magazine,
Tim’s cathedral electronic music explores the intersection of noise, dissonance and melody, mixing sub bass and static to mesmerizing effect.
One of Liverpool’s favourite acts, Space, have reformed and will be reminding everyone why they spent the mid nineties singing along to such distinctive anthems as ‘Female Of The Species’, ‘Neighbourhood’, ‘Avenging Angels’ and ‘The Ballad Of Tom Jones’. Another act that have always refused to conform are The Wedding Present who have spent the last 25 years making bittersweet, breathtakingly honest, love songs that are immersed in whirlwind guitars. Something of a national treasure, David Gedge will be performing tracks with the band from classic albums such as ‘George Best’, ‘Seahorses’, ‘Bizarro’ alongside more recent material.
Lower Than Atlantis have graduated from their early post melodic, hardcore to embrace a much grungier sound and have developed in one of the countries best live rock acts whilst Domino Records singer songwriter Eugene McGuinness will perform his angsty, carefree, hormone fuelled tracks that captivate audiences.
Other acts confirmed to play at Liverpool Sound City include The Big Sleep, Willis Earl Beal, Thunderbird Gerard, Still Corners, Mugstar, Stealing Sheep, Stephen Langstaff, Sissy & The Blisters, The Kill Van Kulls, Electric Guest, White Arrows, The Night, Lulu James, EJ, Said The Whale, Don Broco, Futures, Dan Croll, Capac and Ex Easter Island Head.
Liverpool Sound City is much acclaimed for working with partner countries to identify the best of their emerging talent and provide a platform for exposure in the UK and 2012 sees some fantastic acts landing at John Lennon airport to perform in this historic music city. New Zealand bring Pikachunes, Princess Chelsea and Midnight Youth to Merseyside whilst Australia are represented by Step Panther, Millions, Inland Sea, Ben Salter, Bonfire Nights, Oliver Tank, Wim, Jackson Firebird, The Bowers and Sietta. Canadian acts are Jordan Cook, Kestrels, Ben Caplan and Slow Down Moasses whilst Denmark and Italy complete the international flavour with Strangers On A Train and The Second Grace respectively.
Further announcements will be made shortly about the Sound City convention, Expo and UK Music Student Awards, all parts of this multi faceted 3 day international music, media and technology event. Liverpool Sound City continues to focus on the future, intent on bringing the best new music, film, art and more from all over the world to Liverpool.
The inaugural New York Sound City was a resounding success, marking a significant move forward in Sound City’s international events calendar. Established as a pre curser to SXSW, New York Sound City sold out a week in advance and was attended by a number of exceptional music industry talents – many of whom made rare appearances.
The night time gig at Webster Hall featured a guest appearance from Jetlag, the new band of Andy Rourke from The Smiths, as well as performances from Paula I Karol, Tyburn Saints and the surely soon to be huge Dutch Uncles, whose irresistible shimmery songs captivated the audience.
The date of New York Sound City 2013 will be Monday, March 11th, 2013.