Sound City is thrilled to confirm an incredible array of exciting new names for the UK's first festival of the year. Famed for showcasing the most exciting acts in the world right now, Sound City is a thrilling three day rock n' rollercoaster and a first opportunity to catch the globes most boundary pushing artists in one place before they hit the summer festival circuit. Last year saw Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J, Jake Bugg and Django Django perform before the bands released critically and commercially acclaimed albums later in the year and previous performances have included early shows from Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees and Ed Sheeran. Sound City is a snapshot of everything that is vital in music right now.
Noah and the Whale are used to playing huge venues but will play a much more intimate show in Liverpool at the Anglican Cathedral, the perfect setting for a much fuller sound that belies their more folksy beginnings. The band release their fourth album 'Heart Of Nowhere' in May and will showcase tracks from it at this very special show.
Band of the moment, Everything Everything recently released their second album 'Arc' to widespread critical acclaim and their art-funk stylings are not to be missed. Melody's Echo Chamber's kaleidoscopic fusion of psych rock and warm hypnotic pop is a thing of great beauty whilst the futuristic indie pop of New Yorker Darwin Deez and crystalline leftfield pop of Manchester based Dutch Uncles will also be two hot Sound City shows. Delphic's debut album heralded a reappraisal of dance influenced rock music and paved the way for the current crossover success of the genre and their second album 'Collections' sees them heading into even more adventurous territory. The experimental drone of Oneohtrix Point Never and noisily drenched voodoo pop of local band Stealing Sheep will take music matters in a much more avant garde direction.
Punky blues rock from the Peak District comes courtesy of Drenge, a band being tipped by everyone to watch out for in 2103 whilst blog queens Pins showcase why the North West contines to produce the UK's most exciting music. Savages are another girl band whose post-punk is rapturous, passionate and intriguing. Wave Machines second album 'Pollen' was a masterpiece that met with huge critical acclaim and their homecoming show at Sound City will show why they are one of the best bands the city has produced.
Also newly announced today are: Alessi's Ark, Jetta, Bipolar Sunshine, Loom, Deep Sea Arcade, Blackeye, Skaters, Melody's Echo Chamber, Wolf People, Splashh, Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, Lulu James, Arcane Roots, Still Corners, Luls, Hands, Wild Smiles, Ian Prowse & Amsterdam, Mikill Pane, Bebe Black, Jacob Banks, Bo Ningen, Big Deal, Night Engine, Mind Enterprises, Golden Fable, Likely Lads.
Having previously announced acts such as Dexys, The Walkmen, Enter Shikari, Reverend and The Makers, AlunaGeorge, Thee Oh Sees, Mount Kimbie, Future Of The Left, King Krule, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Darkstar, Toy and more, Sound City underlines its commitment to showcasing the world most exciting new talent, up close and personal.
Sound City also boasts an acclaimed convention giving attendees the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the music and entertainment industry. Giving a keynote speech for 2013 will be Andrew Loog Oldham, former PR man for The Beatles and manager of the Rolling Stones and Sound City will also present Set In Stone a photo exhibition of the history of the Stone Roses by Ian Tilton who has documented the band at every stage of their career from the initial hectic gigs and TV performances to their reformation in 2011. Many of these images have never been seen before.
A big focus in 2013 will be to provide key insights in the workings of a band and Murph from The Wombats and his manager Simon Bobbet will talk about the unique relationship between and band and its manager. Enter Shikari In Focus will speak to the key people around the hardest working band in Britain and Tracey Thorn will discuss a career which has spanned 30 years in the music industry.
'Social Media Hellraiser' Jon Morter was behind the Rage Against The X Factor campaign and worked on the fight to save BBC 6 Music. He has worked on campaigns for artists such as Nirvana, Sex Pistols and the recent Number 1 album for the Rolling Stones and was instrumental in the success of the recent Christmas Number 1 with the Justice Collective in aid of the Hillsborough families. His panel will highlight the potency of social media.
OFFICIALLY THE FIRST FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
OVER 360 ARTISTS IN OVER 25 VENUES ACROSS 3 DAYS
WRISTBAND GAINS ENTRY TO ALL SHOWS
LIMITED AMOUNT OF £40 WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE UNTIL 2nd MARCH- PRICE INCREASE AFTER SO EARLY PURCHASE ADVISED
£25 DAILY WRISTBANDS AVAILABLE
3 Day Wristband £40 / 3 Day Delegate pass £80
Many more panel, speakers and guest will be announced for the convention shortly.
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Liverpool Sound City
Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
Egyptian Hip Hop
Future Of The Left
Ian Prowse & Amsterdam
Melody's Echo Chamber
Noah and the Whale
Oneohtrix Point Never
Reverend and the Makers
The Family Rain
Thee Oh Sees
Unknown Mortal Orchestra