Liverpool Sound City, The UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music, is returning over the weekend of the 3rd-5th of May, To the Baltic Triangle, Liverpool’s creative quarter for another huge weekend of music in 2019. With just one month to go and with a vast and varied line up, here is my choice of artists to see across the weekend.
Mabel – A 22-year old British but raised mainly in Spain and Sweden made an impact In 2017, as she entered The UK charts with “Finders Keepers”, which peaked at number 8 on the Singles Chart. She has since released her debut EP “Bedroom”, later in 2017. In her short, but successful career she has the MTV Brand New and was nominated for the Brit Award, British Breakthrough Act in 2019. Meaning this is surely just the start for this talented female artist so get down to see her before she is playing in the big arenas.
Louis Berry – A local Liverpool lad, doing it the hard way, but a tough upbringing couldn’t stop the desire and talent of Louis, the buzz around him grew so inexorably that it took just 2 gigs for him to be signed up. The first single from Louis’ 2015 debut EP ‘Rebel’, really cemented his sound, an array of classic, gritty rock n roll. Sound City is one of only two shows confirmed so far for 2019 so don’t miss this chance to see him.
Red Rum Club – A six-piece Liverpool alternative rock band, with a very specific edgy sound which is perfectly summed up by the 2018 single “Calexico”. Sound City is in the middle of a jammed packed summer for these lads who have dates booked at other festivals such as Hit The North and Tramlines, all leading to a huge O2 Liverpool Academy show on the 28th of September.
Larkins – Having recently headlined their biggest show to date at Manchester’s Albert Hall, and been tipped by many to be Manchester’s next big arena band, this band are heading only in one direction and that’s up. Their latest single release “TV Dream” having reached 250,000 streams on Spotify since its release, with a busy summer ahead they hit other festivals; Live At Leeds and Y Not.
PLANET – An Australian indie pop four-piece head to Sound City with the backing of This Feeling, Sound City is the first date in a string of UK shows for these lads. Other dates include Jimmy’s, Manchester and Oporto, Leeds. With limited tickets still available for both. The band got their UK break supporting their fellow countrymen DMAs in early 2018. With their infectious sing along chorus’ I am sure they’ll be ones to watch in the coming years.
Glass Caves – Having just arrived back from SXSW in Austin, Texas and previously a sell-out at Manchester Academy 2 in front of 800 people, the band from West Yorkshire are making a steady rise under their new management at Scruff Of The Neck. Having previously released their album “Alive” in 2014, the band have been releasing a string of singles, the latest, “Common Tongue” being a psychedelic beat that you can’t help dancing to.
Loyle Carner – After recently announcing that his long-anticipated album will be dropping on April 19th after a string of singles, Loyle Carner will be stopping off to headline Sound City on Sunday after a block of intimate shows including Band on the Wall, Manchester and Brundell Social Club, Leeds, which both sold out in seconds. He has also been announced for other festivals such as Parklife and most recently Glastonbury, in which could be a massive year in which Loyle Carner becomes a household name, which can only be helped by his varied music and wide appeal from alternative hip-hop to indie fans alike.
SPINN – Another local band who have been making big waves not just in Liverpool but around the country with their upbeat and charismatic sound. Their debut album which is released on the 3rd of May, featuring singles such as; Notice Me and Bliss, makes Sound City their big local album release show and marks the start of their debut album tour which ends in Manchester at The Deaf Institute on the 31st. In April the band also make their first visit to mainland Europe making a stop in Spain and France. All of this leads to a massive home coming show at O2 Academy Liverpool on November 6th in what should be the year SPINN make their mark.
Vistas – One of several good, young indie rock bands to come out of Scotland in recent years are Vistas, a three-piece hailing from Edinburgh, are soon to go on tour with Liverpool favourites Circa Waves throughout April and in the run up to Sound City. Leading into their own UK tour where all three Scottish dates are sold out and low tickets remaining in England. Their latest single “Eighteen” is a continuation of their feeling good; upbeat indie classics.
Dancing On Tables – Another Scottish band, this time, Dancing On Tables, a five-piece indie-pop band from Dunfermline, formed in 2014. They were named by Variety Magazine as one of 10 Brits to Watch for 2018. Being on festival line-ups such as Sound City and Dot To Dot; and having a string of Scottish dates lined up for April following the release of their single “Missing” recently racking up over one million streams on Spotify, and new single “Black” out recently this band could be moving up the festival line-ups very soon.
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