Getintothis’ guide to Liverpool Sound City


Hold on to your hats, the Liverpool music event of 2008 is on its way.
Getintothis guides you though Liverpool’s Sound City.

WHEN Liverpool Sound City director Dave Pichilingi told the Liverpool Daily Post he wondered if he done enough for the inaugual four-day festival, it was rather difficult to take him seriously.
If 270 bands spread over 20 venues, together with numerous conferences and happenings over four days wasn’t enough for any music fan, you’d be left asking – what is?
For as Pichilingi admits: “It is the first time Liverpool has ever staged anything of this scale before.ᅵᅵ?
In fact, the sheer choice will only leave you scratching your head in befuddlement; how does one take it all in? The answer is, you can’t. Instead, like any music festival, you have to take a look at the extraordinary talent on offer and take your pick.
Drawing inspiration from US festival South By South West (SXSW), Sound City has brought together the music zeitgeist from across the globe with bands from America, Japan, Europe – and indeed Liverpool, set to feature from tomorrow (May 27) until Friday’s closing party when hometown boys The Wombats play St George’s Hall.
In between there is a veritable feast for the ears, catering for any style or preference.
Choice picks for indie fans comes in the shape of Domino Records’ bash at Carling Academy featuring Sons & Daughters, Lightspeed Champion and Liverpool’s Eugene McGuiness. Elsewhere The Mystery Jets and NME Award winners Glasvegas head up a superb opening night at Barfly. While influential label Moshi Moshi celebrates its 10th Birthday in style with two of Liverpool’s finest, Hot Club de Paris and Elle S’appelle, joining in the fun.
Alt-dance heads cannot fail to be impressed with the likes of Hadouken!, Crystal Castles, Felix Da Housecat, Late of the Pier and New York’s finest Hercules & The Love Affair appearing across various venues.
For those aiming for something more soothing on the ears seek out the refined folk of Laura Marling at Zanzibar who is joined by electronica wiz Adem.
Avant-rock purveyors The Silver Jews, Monotonix, Vetiver and the unmissable Rolo Tomassi will surely win many new fans during the four days while Santogold will be sprinkling her pop gold dust at the Static Gallery.
Other tips include Make Model (Korova), Pete & the Pirates (Zanzibar), The Whip (Alma de Cuba) and Cage The Elephant (Korova).
For full Sound City interviews, features and listings see
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