FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Liverpool Sound City 2018

Returning with a fresh and invigorating events programme, Liverpool’s three-day extravaganza of live performance and music industry panels continues over this coming May bank holiday weekend (4th/ 5th/ 6th May). Opening the weekend will be a day of insight and discussion as the Sound City+ conference brings a host of industry professionals to Liverpool’s historic Cunard Building, before the live music kicks off for a two-day spell of intensive exploration and sonic discovery on the Saturday and Sunday.

With homegrown and international talent gracing stages in 20 of the city’s best arts spaces, Sound City really does aim to showcase a diverse and cultured billing. From big names to burgeoning artists, and groundbreaking showcases to one-off collaborations, this year’s roster promises a host of surprises and never-before-seen exclusives. Including Stealing Sheep’s suffragette performance and artist residency, industry showcase parties and a plethora of late night scheduling curated by the likes of Tim Peaks Diner and Getintothis.

Digging deep into the weekend’s line-up, we have selected a bunch of artists that are sure to make a splash.

The Slow Readers Club – Saturday – Hangar34

A band of four, hailing from Manchester, who’s tantalizing indie-electro sees them headlining Hangar34’s stage on the opening night of the festival. Huge singalong tunes and dynamic showmanship will promise this performance a likely inclusion in the highlights reel. Don’t miss out.

Malena Zavala – Saturday – OnAir

Hypnotic and engaging compositions are the Argentinian musician’s specialty, serving remarkable falsetto highs with a musical profundity of heritage and contemporary flair. Malena Zavala is an artist doing things differently and we like that a lot.

Shadowlark – Saturday – Constellations

A trio of sensuous dark pop and rich vocals with a dangerously alluring quality. It’s early days but we couldn’t recommend this band more. A must see.

Asylums – Saturday – Constellations

Preparing for the release of their sophomore album, Southend’s Asylums will be bringing droves of celebrated oldies and a bunch of new classics to Liverpool. Including the massive ‘When We Wake Up’ – a bolt of sprightly rock’n’roll with serious undertones. An Asylums live set always delivers thrills, and we trust this slot will be one of the main events of the weekend.

The Orielles – Saturday – District

It’s the perfect time to catch up with the Orielles. 2018 has seen the trio go from strength to strength, whether topping bills and playing to sold-out crowds, releasing their heavily talked about debut record, or just being one of those bands that we gravitate to for a fun time. The group always shine bright and continue to surprise. Mark this set early in your calendars, it’s guaranteed to be a busy one.

Gaffa Tape Sandy – Sunday – Constellations

Indie rock has never been in better hands. Mixing in a heavy pop element too, it has never been as infectious. Gaffa Tape Sandy are a band to be excited about; just as their wild and energetically-charged postcards display the incredible power of guitar music, it’s highly doubtful that you’ll leave their set feeling anything less than deliriously giddy or seriously content. This is one performance you just can’t miss.

Kawala – Sunday – District

Turning away from the ever-tedious tropes of the indie folk genre, London’s Kawala choose creativity over predictability. Colourful indie rhythms create a danceable framework for the duo’s serious vocal talents to soar and captivate over. A refreshing act hidden amongst familiar names to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and try something new.

Love Ssega – Sunday – OnAir

London artist Love Ssega catapults modern pop production with disco and funk elements – and it’s an absolute delight. He’s already lent his voice to huge collaborations with Clean Bandit, so we think it’s only a matter of time before his own music takes a similar path. The whole crowd is sure to be moovin’ and groovin’ for this performance, don’t let a chance to join in on the action pass you by.

Paris Youth Foundation – Sunday – Camp & Furnace

It’ll be a hometown show for this collective of epic indie. Paris Youth Foundation have toured with some of the best, taking all of that experience to heart, their set is expected to be a magnificent and memorable event. They have the big guitars, the emotional appeal and the youthful energy, pretty much anything could happen but we will wager that it’ll be a show of intense feeling.

Brooke Bentham – Sunday – District

A voice of exhilarating presence and introspection, Brooke Bentham has crafted a world of haunting awareness and visceral potency. Songs like ‘Losing, Baby and ‘Heavy and Ephemeral’ tune in on her atmospheric and emotionally astute sensibilities. A writer more evocative than most and a performer sure to inspire, we can’t wait to see what Bentham and her band deliver on the day.

For ticket information and further details, visit Sound City’s official website here.

Charlotte Holroyd
Editor, Creator and Founder of Bitter Sweet Symphonies. A lover of music and cinema, who's constantly attending gigs and in search of a great experience.

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