We are thrilled to reveal the artists joining us on Guest House episode 001; Wigan’s finest The Lathums who are recently taking the music world by storm, electronic synth-wave duo Monarchy, indie-rock tastemakers FEVER, high energy pop punk Bronnie and heavy rock powerhouses Crawlers.
After the cancellation of tours, gigs and the uncertainty of what’s next, we need to come together to support emerging artists through these struggling times more than ever. We bring to you Guest House!
What is Guest House?
The struggle is real but the message of Guest House is simple; we want to support artists no matter where they are or what they are doing. A place where we can enjoy, discover and give back to the artists who excite us in one way or another. We are asking you to give up £4.99 of your hard-earned cash every month in order to support the artists we bring to you via Guest House.
This little amount of cash could make a huge difference. Compared to your Apple Music’s & Spotify’s whereby only a tiny amount of money goes directly to the artist. Guest House’s culture is that there are no blank space, hidden algorithms or crazy micropayment systems in place. The money you pay for subscriptions is equally divided each month to the artists who have performed on Guest House that month. Furthermore, all net revenue made via donations in the performance segment goes directly to the artist.
This is not the only transaction. All the while, artists can connect with fans in a new and innovative way. Guest House allows artists and bands to create new ways of earning money through this tough time and also beyond this and into the future.
Why not try it? Tell us and the artists what you think. If you don’t like it you can always cancel at any time. We can’t say fairer than that!
Welcome to Guest House
For further announcements and more information please follow us on social media as we reveal even more information about how to get involved!
Sound City 2020 Postponement Statement
Following the recent advice from the UK Government on social distancing, and the changing situation with COVID-19, we have decided to postpone Sound City 2020 until 25th, 26th, 27th September. While this was a difficult decision for us to make, the health and safety of our guests, staff and community is the most important thing for us to safeguard. All purchased tickets are still valid for our new date. We’re happy that all the artists have agreed to play, although there may be some minor changes to the programme with new day splits announced very soon.
In light of the crisis, we have developed a brand new online resource “Guest House” that will allow struggling artists and performers to continue to showcase their talent and generate money from the comfort of their own homes. It is an opportunity for artists to showcase their festival sets as well as entertain their fans in innovative ways from the privacy of their own bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms, back garden or bedroom! More information and announcements to come, stay tuned on our socials for more updates.
We really do appreciate your support at this time and hope that everyone is staying safe and continuing to help those who are in need. Together we will get through this and party together soon.
Fickle Friends, the four piece with indie synth-pop anthems to get any dancefloor psyched. We were able to have a quick chat with Fickle Friends about what it means to play Sound City and what’s in store as they take over the Friday night for our VIP ticket holders in District.
Name: Natti (Fickle Friends)
What does it mean to you to play Sound City? Natti: I love this festival. I have so many mad memories from back when I lived in Liverpool seeing Jamie XX in the basement of The Shipping Forecast and running about time literally having the time of my life. The city truly holds a special place in my heart so we are thrilled to be playing!
What’s your favourite thing about Liverpool? Natti: The egg cafe, Santos, the people and all the music venues! (And the Beatles!!!)
Who else on the line-up do you want to see? Natti: Well if we could stay (we have festivals all weekend) we would defo be watching Friendly Fires because they’re our FAVE band to see live. And Marsicans cos they are our cheeky pals.
What should people expect for your set? Probably a fair bit of new material what with the album approaching. Maybe some extravagant outfits….haven’t decided yet.
Have you got anything else lined up for 2020? Oh plenty of new music to come, lots of festivals… even looking at running some clothes swaps around the country because fast fashion suckzzzzz! See ya there!
Witness Fickle Friends live! VIP Tickets are on sale now along with upgrades for any current weekend ticket holders who don’t want to miss out on Friday’s action. Tickets available now.
Sound City talks with punk tastemakers Courting
The latest stir in the Liverpool punk scene, if you haven’t heard of Courting then you’re bond to be hooked! With their recent tracks getting played Radio 1, BBC Radio 6, Radio X & Amazing Radio, their performance sat Sound City is much awaited. We caught up with the lads to find out what is in store for their performance this May!
What does it mean to you to play Sound City?
It means a lot to us as a band considering the fact we’re local so get to see the festival every year and it’s nice to finally get to play it. It’ll also be our first festival show, and it’s nice to do that in our hometown.
What’s your favourite thing about Liverpool?
I’ve always felt as though Liverpool is an incredibly accepting place, and being from here you’re able to talk to just about anyone without it being awkward.
Who else on the line-up do you want to see?
Working Mens Club, Monks, Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard, The Blinders and a load more.
What should people expect for your set?
A lot of noise, some songs we’ve never played before and a scene for scene recreation of the end of Wayne’s World 2
Have you got anything else lined up for 2020?
We’ve got some tracks ready to go, and hopefully we’ll be playing all around the country.
Grab your tickets to see Courting live this May here!
Meet PRS for Music and PPL
PRS for Music collect and distribute money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics. PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and recording rightsholders (e.g. record companies and self-releasing artists) for the use of their recorded music when it is broadcast or played in public.
Both PRS for Music and PPL are dedicated to championing their members’ rights and supporting UK music.
The two societies work to ensure those who write, perform, compose, own or publish music are fairly paid for their work. For that reason, we have chosen to team up and curate a stand-out panel at Liverpool Sound City 2020. On Friday 1 May from 12:00 to 12:30 pm, Oli and Rob from Marsicans will join us to discuss everything you need to know about being #OnTrack with your career and the practicalities involved.
Whether you are already a member of PRS for Music and PPL, or thinking of becoming one, come and visit us at The British Music Experience to find out how to make the most of your membership and how integral your royalties really are.
We are kicking off the festival with a drinks reception at Chapters of Us and would love to see you there!
As with previous years at Sound City, 2020 sees students and alumni from BIMM Institute - Europe’s most connected provider of music education – joining a brilliantly eclectic line-up of artists.
With eight campuses throughout England, Ireland and Germany, and with its northern-most campus in the heart of Manchester, BIMM is home to an array of success stories including high profile artists such as Fickle Friends, Pale Waves, James Bay, George Ezra, Black Peaks and Fontaines .D.C.
Here’s what you can expect from BIMM Manchester artists appearing at Sound City this year.
The soulful acoustic stylings of this twenty-year-old singer songwriter from York draw comparison to the likes of Jake Bugg, David Gray and Noel Gallagher, and have been earning him a reputation as one to watch out for in 2020. Lewis’ debut EP, 2019’s ‘I Bicker, I Mend’ tells coming of age stories with lyrical poeticism far beyond his years.
These self-dubbed ‘Queens of Sassy Rock’ are causing a heck of a stir on the live circuit with their riotous blend of 70’s punk riffs and dance rhythms. Their debut single ‘Unknown’ serves up lashings of glam rock attitude delivered with wild abandon and recalls The Runaways at their glorious peak.
Delivering husky vocals with a soulful UK RnB flavour, this promising young artist has already received much-hyped radio play from the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Introducing, and NTS Manchester. Her latest single ‘te extraño, pero…’ has amassed nearly 200,000 streams on Spotify alone!
This versatile young artist’s budding career is already imbued with promising highlights including live dates in 2019 at Focus Wales, Gwyll Arall, Fresh On The Net Live. Her song ‘Overdose’ recently reached the finals of the UK Songwriting Competition in the ‘Under 18s’ category.
With a blend of avant-garde spoken word poetry and alternative indie rock instrumentation, this Manchester-based quartet are anchored by the impassioned lyrics and dynamic delivery of frontman Spencer Mason, whose style echoes the likes of fellow wordsmiths Kate Tempest and Ghostpoet.
With a growing selection of epic pop songs under their belt - including the brilliant new single ‘Dysphoria’ - and having already supported the likes of Blossoms and Courteneers live, Manchester quintet Valve have been described as “one of the best upcoming bands of 2019” by Natalie Eve-Williams of BBC Introducing. Miss them at your peril!
Meet The Artists of Launch 2020
We are proud to announce the 12 talented acts who Sound City will be offering 12 months of music artist support too. Catch them at Sound City 2020!
The 12 artists named for the 2020 programme are The Mysterines, Tomike, Nikki & The Waves, The Sway, Podge, Lizzie Ross, Molly Green, Daddy. Including Leeds College of Music students; L’nee Golay and Weezy Jefferson. Plus Levi’s Music Project 2019 alumni Lydiah and That’s Juvey?.
The programme helps artists with recording and releasing music; funding; tour management; marketing and PR; personal development; and the transition to treating their band and brand as a business.
You can see them live across the Sound City weekend! Join us.
Leeds College of Music Showcase at Sound City
Leeds College of Music is delighted to return to Sound City for the fifth year running! Chosen by the team at Sound City, five LCoM artists will perform across a range of venues at the festival on Saturday 2 May 2020.
Our partnership with Sound City is just one example of the many and varied performance opportunities available to LCoM students.
Here’s a bit more about the artists selected for this year’s line-up….
L’nee’s music is a rich blend of all things wonderful: a bit of soul, a bit of hip-hop, and a sprinkle of singer-songwriter vibes all mixed up to create one beautiful sound. Her recent single Options, featuring producer Psalmist Music, was on five major playlists on Apple Music India, including A-List Pop, Today’s Hits and Best of the Week. Her forthcoming single Never Loved Somebody Like You was featured on the new hits Amazon Prime TV series Made In Heaven.
Weezy Jefferson’s music takes a contemporary approach to Hip Hop using intricate lyricism and wordplay. Weezy has appeared across a range of different platforms, such as BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 1xtra and has been play-listed as BBC Introducing’s Track of the week on BBC Radio 1.
Her Tilted Moons
HerTiltedMoons is an eerie music project by Venetian singer-songwriter Cecilia Nicolè. Cecilia has always been immersed in a musical environment and she began studying the violin at age 5, wrote her first songs at 14 and began gigging in Italy straight after high school. With her music being influenced by British bands and singer-songwriters, in 2018 she moved to Leeds. Her song Dead Poets has been featured on BBC Music Introducing.
ALLEYWAYS, the Leeds based Pop-Indie outfit bring their alternative stance on pop culture to the new indie generation. Their punchy tunes, brought to life by frontman Dougie Turner’s electric presence, weave a spell over the tight groove provided by bassist and producer George Barwick. Saxophonist, Stu Whyte, adds an extra dimension to the sound that is completed by the glittering funky guitar of Ben Clark. The band have supported the likes of Fickle Friends, King No One, Glass Caves and Cassia, and have been featured on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing.
Sheffield’s very own answer to conscious hip-hop, reminiscent of the melancholic vibes of Loyle Carner and the attitude of the 4 Owls, on stage MOAN hit you with raw chemistry and compelling storytelling, drawn right out of their very own lives. Fresh from their first festival circuit supporting KRS ONE and Riot Jazz brass band, MOAN make music for the people and represent this hard, mislead modern way of living.
The 2020 Sound City line-up features an impressive list of headliners, including Friendly Fires, Pale Waves, Marika Hackman and LCoM alumni band Marsicans.
Will you be joining us for the weekend? Attending Saturday for Friendly Fires, The Blinders, Louis Berry, The Mysterines and more? Or attending Sunday for Pale Waves, Marika Hackman, The Snuts, Tim Burgess, BC Camplight or more?
Day and weekends tickets are now on sale, grab yours today.
Friendly Fires & 100s more acts announced!
We are delighted to announce the latest acts joining the Sound City 2020 lineup. With new headliners Friendly Fires - we can’t wait for them to bring the dance-infused indie party down to the Baltic Triangle.
Alternative songstress Marika Hackman and one of Scotland’s best new bands The Snuts also stop by, with Louis Berry, Bad Sounds, Spector and Marsicans all appearing across the weekend.
The introspective songwriting craft of BC Camplight will be on full show, whilst jangle-pop purveyors SPINN will bring the sonic sunshine down on Liverpool. All this plus 100s more at Sound City 2020!
Day splits/tickets coming Friday - last remaining Early Birds available here
All previously purchased Sound City 2020 tickets automatically entered!!
Sound City 2020 Announcement!
The first wave of acts have been announced for Sound City 2020, the UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music.
We are proud to unveil the incredible Pale Waves as our first headliner for next year. One of the biggest names in Indie Pop, their gothic edge makes them one of the country’s most unique and exciting bands.
Also announced is Tim Burgess. Frontman of The Charlatans, he takes to Sound City as one of the finest songwriters the UK’s ever produced. The Blinders make their return after performing the set of the festival in 2018, and Stealing Sheep will also grace us with their mind-melting experimental pop.
The band on everybody’s lips The Lathums will also appear, alongside The Lottery Winners, Jamie Webster and The Mysterines.
The true value in Sound City however is in the talents you may be yet to hear. Now is the perfect time to get to know all of the 20+ artists announced so far with our Official Spotify playlist, which will be updated regularly from now until the festival.
This week marks the start of MaMA Festival & Convention! France’s leading music industry gathering, over 5000 industry professionals partake in 3 days of panels and workshops, sharing their insights and experiences.
Now in its 10th year, MaMA has a reputation for being at the forefront of innovative and collaborative thinking in an industry marked by constant transformation.
By night MaMA becomes a huge urban festival, taking over Paris’ Pigalle District to showcase the talents of over 120 French and International artists.
Thank you to everyone who attended Sound City 2019 and made this year an unforgettable experience across the three days! We took over the Baltic Triangle with 300+ artists from over 26 countries with one of our most diverse lineups to date.
Sound City is where many artists perform for the first time and 2019 created great opportunities for emerging acts around the world to meet the music industry and make huge steps in their career. Not only do we put on an insane party across 3 days, we also deliver year after year an impressive lineup bringing the very best talents to Liverpool.
Winning either of these awards would be massive for us and a huge achievement for us and the city we love! Let’s do this, vote for us today! (Deadline 25th October)
We had hundreds of applications from bands up and down the country wanting to be a part of Sound City Korea 2019 and we can now proudly announce who will be joining Zandari Festa lineup with bands from across the globe.
Sound City is proudly working alongside Arts Council England and Fred Perry subculture to showcase the very best of UK’s talent right now at Zandari Festa. Zandari Festa takes place from the 26th - 29th September and has over 15,000+ music festival attendees and 3,000+ industry delegates taking to 22 music venues. Sound City help UK acts break into the Asian market to accelerate their profile worldwide. With the help of Arts Council England, it allows Sound City to continue to work in partnerships on such fantastic opportunities. Sound City is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.
We are delighted to be taking over 7 impressive acts; The Sherlocks, Wooze, Too Many T’s, TxT, The Tea Street Band, Scarlet & Two Weeks In Nashville.
Help Musicians UK is an independent charity which aims to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians. For nearly 100 years, the charity has provided a broad spectrum of help, support and opportunities to empower musicians of all ages, at any stage of their career, from times of great need to times of opportunity. The charity is uniquely placed to take a holistic approach, offering a lifetime of support when it’s needed most, to make a meaningful difference to the lives of musicians across the UK.
Help Musicians UK’s integrated programme offers Creative Development and Health & Welfare services, advocacy and initiatives around issues that affect musicians, such as mental health, hearing health, career progression and more. The charity builds strong, collaborative relationships within the music industry, the health sector and beyond, with a research-led approach that creates a rich evidence base from which to share insights, knowledge and best practice, influencing and improving working conditions for musicians across the sector.
Get played, get paid! Making money from your music
If you have performed on or own the rights to a recording, have written a song, or composed a piece of music, you could be entitled to royalties. This may be when the recording is used in public or broadcast on TV, or if your composition is played live or streamed. How to ensure you receive and maximise these royalties was the subject of a Sound City panel earlier this year with The Magic Gang and music licensing companies PPL and PRS for Music. If you missed it, here is an introduction to each company and how you can start earning royalties through them. PPL and PRS for Music both license the use of music and collect royalties in the UK and around the world, with each company representing different rights-holders:
PPL collects and distributes money on behalf of performers and recording rights-holders (e.g. record companies and self-releasing artists) for the use of their recorded music when it is broadcast or played in public. These are not just well-known names; they include session musicians, orchestral players, self-releasing artists and small independent record labels. It is free to join, so it is best to become a member as soon as you have performed on a recording or are planning to release a recording.
PRS for Music collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics. This includes when they are streamed, downloaded, broadcast, reproduced, played live, or used in film & TV.
It is £100 to join as a writer and £400 to join as a publisher, so you should join as a member when you expect your royalty income to exceed these amounts.
You can be a member of both, or just one, depending on the types of royalties you are eligible to receive. For example, if you are a backing singer on a recording but do not have writing credits on that same track, you are eligible for royalties through PPL as a performer. However, if you wrote (or contributed to the composition of) that song and sung on the recording, you would be eligible for royalties as a performer and composer through both PPL and PRS for Music. Finally, if you own the copyright to the recording, you would also be eligible for recording rightsholder royalties through PPL, or mechanical and/or performing royalties through PRS for Music and MCPS.
Each organisation collects in the UK and abroad (through agreements with royalty collection companies in other countries) ensuring you are paid whenever your music is used around the world. This is important as your music may build a fan base outside of your home country. You need to give PPL or PRS for Music the right for them to collect internationally for you, which can be done when you join.
Both PPL and PRS for Music are here to support the UK music industry and do more than just collect and pay out royalties. Each supports the PRS Foundation, the UK’s leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. The foundation has supported over 6,700 new music artists and projects since 2010. The Magic Gang has been one such recipient, receiving money from the International Showcase Fund to perform at Canadian Music Week in Toronto. PPL also gives back to the industry by supporting a number of other initiatives, such as the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine, The BRIT School, Music for Youth and Nordoff Robbins.
The two organisations support their members by representing their interests at Government level and influencing policy to ensure best value for their rights, providing music business education so that members can carefully and successfully manage their rights, and invests in new technology to advance the way intellectual property is remunerated.
For more information and to join PPL or PRS for Music, visit their websites.