Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess has been added to the 2017 Sound City bill, Getintothis’ Paul Higham has news of this and the full wave of freshly announced acts.
Charlatans frontman Tim Burgess will be joined by long-time bandmate, guitarist Mark Collins, for a special Sound City performance in Tim Peaks Diner as the Liverpool festival announces further acts for its tenth anniversary edition.
The festival will remain true to its roots of supporting the best emerging talent by adding 40 new names including some of the brightest talents from the Merseyside region. Joining The Charlatans duo on the bill will be Sugarmen, Zuzu, The Jackobins and 2017 GIT Award nominee XamVolo.
Also added to the bill are noise-rock outfit Yak, Manchester’s Cupids and Welsh heavy pop band Estrons. Alongside the trio is singer-songwriter John Jospeh Brill, Slang, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes, heavily tipped indie-dance band Formation, together with Stockport’s Rory Wynne, Tired Lion and Gang of Youths.
The festival will continue its time-honoured tradition of regional showcases. Leeds College of Music will present Lucy Whittaker, Laminate Pet Animal, Lauren Rycroft, The Golden Age of TV and SaNTINO while POP Montreal will introduce Pierre Kwenders and Mozart’s Sister to a Sound City audience.
Music publishers and licensers SESAC have Yak, L.A. Salami and Echotape and Alya Records showcase Music from Yorkshire featuring Fizzy Blood, I Set the Sea on Fire, Tremmors and Violet Contours.
This year sees Sound City partner with the Unsigned Music Awards and announce that, from a host of applicants, Wuzi, Paves, Sleep Taking Rozelle, The Bongo Club, Barron, Marvin Powell, Wild Fruit Art Collective, Killason, The Barbarettes and Cleo T have been successful and will be playing this year’s festival.
Away from the music there are exciting additions to the arts programme including a mysterious co-commission between Sound City, bluedot and The Kazimier. Little is known at this stage about what form this will take but, as with everything that involves The Kazimer team, it promises to be quite the spectacle.
Liverpool’s Fiesta Bombarda will add to the visual spectacle teaming up with Fandjango and K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade for a carnival procession ending in a battle of the brass on The Baltic Stage. Elsewhere Sunday’s Cavern Stage headliners Katumba will lead a Pied Piper-like trail through the festival site before a collaboration with Bring The Fire Project in a spectacular fire and beat showpiece.
Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi commented: “This anniversary spectacular just gets better and better. We’re tremendously proud of what we’ve achieved over the last decade and what Sound City has become and I don’t hesitate for a moment to say this is going to be our biggest and best event to date and we still have more to announce. Don’t miss out, it’s going to be incredible.”