An artist about to explode out of London’s thriving R&B scene, Jvck James brings his blend of jazz, gospel and neo-soul to Sound City 2019! The luscious chord progressions and rich vocal harmonies that permeate his music has already led to comparisons to R&B legend D’Angelo. Having just completed a European tour with fellow London sensation and Grammy winner Ella Mai, James’ stock is only set to rise in 2019. Catch him this May!
Thriving Baltic Creative Community Poised To Grow Into New Digital House
With Baltic Creative CIC’s Digital House at 61–65 Norfolk Street nearing completion, many of the first studios have been taken by existing Baltic Creative tenants who are at full capacity in their current studios. While leases are now being offered to the wider digital and creative sector, the brand new studios at Digital House have until now been prioritised for current tenants. And for many of them, this expansion can’t come soon enough.
Taking over the top floor studio will be app and software developers Citrus Suite. Moving into the new Digital House will allow them to restart their previously successful scheme of offering placements to aspiring developers, a strategy that had to be put on hold for 12 months as the team outgrew their Jamaica Street studio. Although they were amongst the first top sign up to the new development, Citrus Suite do admit that they will miss the highly visibility of their previous workspace, with much of their business, sometimes £100,000 plus jobs, coming from people walking in from the street. However there is no doubt that the movement to the Digital House will ultimately allow the company to prosper further as they are backed by the high quality resources that their business demands.
Another company benefitting from the new build is Simul. CEO Roderick Kennedy uses his background in plasma physics alongside his three person team to create high quality sky renders for the games industry. Roderick believes the dynamic environment provided by the Digital House will be ‘very positive for recruitment’ as it is a perfect manifestation of the buzz of the Baltic Triangle. This will subsequently encourage people to seek out employment in the area.
For Michelle Dow and All About STEM, the Digital House will become the epicentre for the promotion of STEM careers throughout the North West, providing an area where their Maghull employees and Baltic based workers can come together to ‘take things to the next level.’ Dow believes that the ‘sense of community’ afforded by the Digital House is what makes All About STEM and other companies in the Baltic Triangle successful. ‘It’s that nod to the person in the next shed. It feels like family. People pass leads on without realising that they are passing leads on. It is really hard to quantify that and put a price on it.’
Overall the £2.6m Digital House is the Baltic Creative’s next step towards providing high quality affordable space for digital companies in the Baltic Triangle. With the potential to accommodate 20 digital/tech businesses, the scheme will provide a boost to the Baltic Triangle’s rapidly growing reputation as one of the UK’s most dynamic creative clusters.
MaMA Festival & Convention
THE GATEWAY TO THE FRENCH MUSIC MARKET:
3 DAYS OF CONCERTS AND INTERNATIONAL MEETINGS
With more than 5.900 attending professionals, MaMA is the greatest French gathering of the music industry and one of the most important in the world. By day, MaMA suggests a conference program featuring over 450 international speakers and 150 panels, keynotes, workshops, match-making sessions and cocktails for music industry actors. In addition, a dedicated space to the integration of innovation in and for the music industry, also known as MaMA invent offers solutions for: Artist Factory, Live Music Factory and Label Factory.
By night, with 150 concerts, MaMA transforms the Pigalle District into a giant urban festival bringing together professionals and the Parisian public in 15 emblematic venues!
On October 16th, 17th and 18th 2019, MaMA Festival & Convention will celebrate its 10th anniversary in Paris!
Gigs & Graphics is a collaborative project between Northern Lights, Sound City, Toucan Tango and the Paper Moon Print Studio. Across the Sound City weekend they are undertaking a number of projects aiming to engage all lovers of art and music!
International Gig Poster Exhibition
From May 3rd to May 6th a collection of posters designed by internationally renowned artists for musicians, gigs and festivals will be on display.
5 Out Of 5
This project aims to pair up five emerging and established visual artists with five acts from the 2019 Sound City line-up. This will lead to the creation of a limited edition gig poster for each artist, which will then be displayed at Gigs & Graphics over the course of the weekend.
An opportunity for the intersection of art and music will take place at Sound City+. Angled on the coalescence of art, design, print, photography, video and the music industry, all musicians and artists are invited to exchange ideas and open a dialogue that could lead to more exciting collaborations in the future.
Across the weekend a whole host alternative entertainment will take place alongside the exhibition. Expect DJ sets, micro gigs, live screen printing and even a pop-up record store!
Discover Glass Peaks at Sound City 2019! A band quickly gaining a reputation for their pumping off-kilter indie rock, their past releases have been championed by BBC Introducing, Radio 6 and Radio X. They have just released their brand new single ‘Misery’, and as the title suggests it is a record draped in desperation. Tormented vocals and twisting guitar lines build to a concluding riff as heavy as the subject matter, resulting in an emotionally complex admission of anguish. Make sure you don’t miss them at Sound City 2019!
Introducing Poland’s finest group BOKKA! Their atmospheric synth-pop is as mysterious as the band itself, with its members concealing their identity behind unsettling masks. New single ‘Forgive Me’ is an ever-evolving trip through an array of electronic soundscapes, all the while retaining an organic quality that gives their sound a sense of Lynchian uncomfortable innocence. Be sure to catch them at Sound City 2019!
Our artist of the week is Irish singer-songwriter RuthAnne! An artist who spent many years behind the scenes penning hits for the likes of Britney Spears and One Direction, RuthAnne is finally getting some much deserved time in the spotlight. Her solo material shows exactly why she has been one of the most in demand songwriters of the past decade, only this time her music and reflections are brought to life by her own set of captivating vocal chords.
We’re buzzing that ‘Don’t Call Me Up’ has entered the top 5 of the Singles Chart! You can show Mabel even more love by voting for her as the Breakthrough Act at this years Brit Awards. Catch her on the Saturday at Sound City 2019 alongside Shame and Louis Berry!
Our Sound City Artist of the Week is Russian experimental band Shortparis! A genuinely unique act, the band combine decades of influence from dark electronica, post-punk and dance to create an overwhelming spectacle. With a reputation as controversial as their sound, come see Shortparis break the boundaries of live performance at Sound City 2019!
Critically acclaimed Hull quartet LIFE join the Sound City line up! A band that ‘answer only to themselves’, LIFE are the antithesis to modern fence-sitting rockstar, willing to tackle anything in their unyielding lyricism. Alongside the likes of Idles and Cabbage, LIFE are key players in the UK’s punk resurgence and their debut album ‘Popular Music’ was named in Radio 1’s top album list of 2017. Get amongst it this May.
In 2018, Molly Rainford stunned us with the release of her sensational debut single ‘I Like You’ which fuses flawless vocals with punchy pop beats, delivering an effortlessly bold melodic that you won’t be able to get enough of. Her follow up single 'Commitment’ is finally here and it certainly lives up to the hype. The track is sleek and summery - the kind that would be at home in both the club and on the beach. ‘Commitment’ is the latest sign that this young star is destined for a long career at the top, and at just 18 years old it is remarkable to consider that it has already been seven years since Molly was on Britain’s Got Talent. If she is making music of this quality at this early stage, who knows what the future holds. Rainford is certainly one to watch at Sound City 2019!
Sound City 2019 is returning to Liverpool’s creative hub, the Baltic Triangle, bringing to the city 100s of talented acts from around the world and promising an unforgettable experience of discovery this May! The UK’s leading independent festival and conference for new music takes place across Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th May where headliners Mabel, Loyle Carner, The Magic Gang and Louis Berry will be joined by the newly announced; Shame, Blaenavon, Confidence Man, The Tea Street Band, KingNoone, Kara Marni, Clean Cut Kid, Soak and over 100 more amazing acts! The weekend kicks off with the renowned Sound City plus conference at the British Music Experience, Cunard Building where music minds will have a feast of the latest insights to the music world along with secret gigs, drink receptions and agent parties. The Sound City plus announcement will be taking place on the 31st January where we will be revealing big names coming to talk the latest issues and insights to the music industry. Come and discover your new favourite artist, create unforgettable memories and have a ball at Sound City this May!
Become an official Liverpool Sound City ambassador and earn tickets and exclusive experiences by selling tickets to Liverpool Sound City 2019
By becoming an ambassador you’ll be able to earn the following rewards:
Side of stage for you and a friend for any act
VIP Festival accommodation
How Does the Program Work?
You’ll earn points for every ticket that you sell to your friends. You can then use these points to redeem rewards in a shop within your ambassador dashboard. The more points you earn the more rewards you can earn for you and your friends.
Our Community Manager will also be available throughout the campaign to answer any questions, give you advice on how to make more sales and provide you with important Festival updates!
How do I make sales?
Create an ambassador account
Log into your account and click on start selling
Select the ticket type and the number of tickets you want to sell to your friend
Enter your friend’s name, email address and phone number to send them an invitation to buy a ticket from you
Introducing the first wave of acts for Sound City Surgery:
Over the next few weeks we will be providing one-to-one professional advice and practical, positive support as a part of our artist development scheme!
Keep an eye on socials for more information.
The music video to the vicious trio’s latest single ’Slowly’ is out now. SPQR’s vigorous melancholic approach to songwriting and grooves has the power to bend your mind and grip your heart. Witness it first hand at Sound City in this May!
Mabel: The First Female Headliner at Sound City 2019
Born into a ‘musical dynasty’ (Dazed), daughter of pop icon Nenah Cherry and legendary producer, Cameron McVey, star-blooded R&B artist Mabel seems destined for nothing but the top. Burning a vibrant and authentic path into the R&B scene, Mabel has composed both a musical style and identity that is completely and unapologetically her own, her early release Finder’s Keepers rightly taking its place in the UK Top 10 with a sound and energy that is difficult to believe comes from an artist who is only just starting her career.
Self-confessed 'loner’ (Vogue) growing up, Mabel channelled all of her energy into her music, building an attitude of bold defiance that is already 'flipping the male gaze of the industry’ (Ref) and paving the way for female artists to join her at the top of festival line ups, claiming that 'there’s definitely more work to be done’ (Vogue) for women to take up long deserved space in the music scene. One to watch - for a journey that is definitely never going to be boring.
Mabel is set to headline the stage at Sound City 2019 which is a huge milestone for the festival having its first female headliner since it began in 2008. Sound City is the lead UK festival partnered with the Keychange movement, led by PRS Foundation. We believe in the empowerment of women in music; encouraging that all festivals should have a 50:50 lineup by 2022 or earlier. Other female acts that have been announced in the first wave of the Sound City lineup include; Our Girl, Saltwater Sun, Molly Rainford, Benin City, and Sophie and the Giants. With 100s more artists to be announced in January 2019, we are excited to showcase more talented female acts and we will continue to support the Keychange movement to ensure talent is recognised!
Come and join us in 2019 to see Mabel and other amazing and emerging female acts! Tickets are available here.
Sound City Surgery
From Nov 14th we are proud to launch the first Sound City Surgery, a service to support emerging artists from across the North of England over 12 months, with the aim to help them to develop sustainable professional music careers.
Offering advice and career management, one to one mentor sessions with music industry professionals, funding options, showcase opportunities and much more, Sound City Surgery will take place across a number of sessions at Sound City HQ, establishing artists career development, targets, aims, objectives, management infrastructure and evaluation.
If you are an artist/band with a professional outlook aiming to develop your career in the music industry please email email@example.com with a full artist EPK including links to music, social media and a brief biography including career highlights to date.
Applications close on November 9th and all successful artists will be notified by November 14th.