Liverpool Sound City 2015 reveals UK tastemaker panel to select new artist

Courtney Barnett in the Zanzibar at Sound City 2014

Courtney Barnett in the Zanzibar at Sound City 2014

Industry figures from This Feeling, The Ruby Lounge, Generator and Getintothis will help select new emerging artists.

Liverpool Sound City 2015’s festival line up will be selected in part by a panel of industry experts.

Some of the UK’s influential music bookers, promoters and insiders will select next year’s new-look Sound City bill.

Panelists include Mikey Jonns, from club night This Feeling, David Hanvey of My First Music in Scotland, journalist and booker at Manchester’s Ruby Lounge, Jay Taylor, Bob Allen from North East music development agency, Generator and Liverpool ECHO journalist and Getintothis editor Peter Guy.

Sound City CEO Dave Pichilingi, said: “We want as broad and eclectic new talent bill as possible and it made sense to work with these regional experts so that every corner of the UK was represented from South London to Northern Ireland.  

We’re talking about some of the most switched on people in the industry here, those at the very cutting edge who on a weekly basis book and promote the stars of tomorrow. It will guarantee that the very best will be showcased at Sound City next year.

In addition to the regional panelists, Sound City is working with export agencies from around the world to curate its international programme which includes artists from over 25 different countries performing annually.

GetintothisPeter Guy, added: “I’m delighted Sound City have asked me to help select the Merseyside artists for the 2015 festival. At Getintothis, I’m always keen to hear new music, and Liverpool rarely lets you down. Hopefully there will be a few surprises who could also come into the running for this year’s GIT Award nominations too. I can’t wait to get involved.

Applications to play at Sound City 2015 are still being accepted, the deadline is 16 Feb. To apply visit here.

Meanwhile, Sound City headliners Belle and Sebastian have revealed their new video Party Line, watch it below.