It’s almost here, we’re just a couple of days away from Liverpool Sound City 2019, Getintothis’ Lewis Ridley has all the important festival info.
It’s flew round, hasn’t it? It doesn’t seem long at all since we were lauding Sound City‘s return to the city centre for what was a fantastic weekend last year.
For Getintothis, the festival last year returned to its rightful place at the heart of new music in Liverpool. Barring the big names at the top of the lineup, the festival had strength in depth in terms of new music. We had a ball, from the conference in its new home at the British Music Experience, to Superorganism‘s late night set in Hangar 34 on the Sunday.
But here we are again, hours away from another weekend which is set to be offer what can only be described as a bountiful feast of new music in and around the Baltic Triangle this coming Bank Holiday weekend.
Where to start? Well, that would be in Phase One tomorrow night (Thursday 2). Getintothis Deep Cuts sees the Adidas clad maverick TRACKY launch his new single, while Sound City act Foundlings are heading up from London early just for you.
There’s spoken word from Amina Atiq, while Kangaroos, The Shunt and MUNKEY JUNKEY top off the perfect prelude for the big weekend. Tickets are £5 or £7 OTD – buy here.
For those of you who’ve been before, you’ll know that Sound City kicks off with an industry conference, Sound City +, on Friday (May 3). Guests for the event back at the British Music Experience this year include Huw Stephens, Erin Tonkon, Andy McCluskey and Dave Rountree.
It includes artist workshops, music business discussions and the popular in conversation sessions. There’s also live performances throughout the day, with The Zutons lead singer Dave McCabe launching Sound City with a performance from his Silent K at Queen Avenue off Castle Street in Liverpool’s business district. Tickets for the gig are free, but you will need to register first with Eventbrite. Doors are at 5pm.
This year the conference will extend across the weekend courtesy of Trashed TV events – so keep a lookout in the Baltic for those.
This year, Sound City will move away from the Cains Brewery Village and thus fans will no longer have to cross Parliament Street, instead, venues such as Hobo Kiosk , Ditto Coffee and Love Lane Brewery will be closer to the action – while a brand new outdoor stage on New Bird Street will be an interesting new addition.
The festival proper kicks off on Saturday (May 4), with the first acts, exhibitions and events beginning around midday.
Highlights on the first of the two days are bound to include Liverpool lad Louis Berry‘s set to what will be a chocka Hangar 34, while Tim Peaks Diner in Constellations Garden sees The Bohos, Niki Kand and Denio tune up.
On Sunday, Loyle Carner headlines the New Bird Street outdoor stage, where students of his Levi’s Music Project will feature. If you’re feeling it from day one and fancy a coffee, The Shipbuilders, Bill Nickson and Mersey Wylie are amongst those that feature in Ditto Coffee.
At the other end of Jamaica Street in the Constellations area of the Baltic, Charity Shop Pop, Podge and Aimee Steven feature in Best Before, the overwhelming selection of new music to indulge in is superb.
If you’ve not had enough, then trust us lot at Getintothis to see you able to squeeze every last groove out of Sound City this year. The Getintothis Party takes place in Brick Street, where Big Bambora top the bill – we’ll see you there.
So, I guess all that is to say from here at Getintothis is that we hope all at Sound City have a fantastic weekend. As ever, we’ll be posting live from the festival at the weekend on our Facebook, and doing our best to sum up what is set to be an incredible weekend of music, art and culture.
Oh, and let’s hope the sun shines!