Sound of Europe

Sound City are delighted to present ‘Sound of Europe’- a one day event on touring and festival opportunities in Europe

Thursday 10th May, 2pm - 12pm, District, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool

As the UK continues to face an uncertain future in regard to Brexit and how it will affect daily life and aspirations, the music industry is likely to be one of the most affected areas as artists touring from and into the UK and promoting their music beyond boundaries is essential to keeping music diverse.

But in the face of uncertainty, there are surely still opportunities for UK and international artists to work together and to tour and for young people who want to work in Europe to do so.

Hosted by the UK’s leading independent festival for new music, Sound City, ‘EU and Me’ is a one day event which will explore the possibilities that continue to exist in Europe and will bring together artists and industry professionals to meet, discuss and create new opportunities.

The day will start at 2pm at District, Baltic Triangle, Liverpool with panels featuring UK and EU representatives on:

Working in Europe

Touring in Europe

Festivals in Europe

A drinks reception will follow at along with artist performances from Garbanotas Bositas (Lithuania) and Papaver Cousins (Hungary) until late

Please RSVP to: by Monday 7th May to confirm your attendance.

* ‘Sound of Europe’ is dedicated to the Europe Day which is an annual celebration of peace and unity in Europe. This event is free of charge and organised on behalf of the European Commission Representation in the UK.  It was made possible by the cooperation of Lithuanian Culture Institute, Lithuanian Embassy in the UK and Sound City.


Now in its eleventh year, Liverpool Sound City 2018 proudly marks the start of the UK music festival season.  Taking place in the city’s creative quarter The Baltic Triangle, the line-up includes BIMM Brighton graduates Black Honey (who are playing most festivals this year,) as well as 11 acts from across our colleges. They are Gathering of Strangers, Working Men’s Club, Carl North & The Lonely Hearts, Nish Goyal and Olly Flavell (all from BIMM Manchester), Fontaines D.C (BIMM Dublin), The Villanovas and Casey Lowry (both from BIMM London), Temple Keys (BIMM Bristol) and SheBeat (BIMM Birmingham).
This year sees even more performance opportunities for our current students with our official showcase at the Red Brick Vintage on Saturday 5 May 2018 between 5-8 pm (stage times below), and three buskers -  Casey Lowry, Nish Goyal and Oli Flavell - performing as part of an acoustic lineup at Unit 51 (stage times below).

There are also plenty of invaluable placements in store for BIMM Manchester’s non-performance students. In the months leading up to the event, festival organisers will be recruiting exemplary individuals to fulfil roles in Production/Event Management and Marketing, as well as a Conference Assistant.

And for those looking to get their hands dirty with more practical roles at the festival, there are plenty of logistics positions up for grabs too, including Stage Manager Assistant, Runner, Artist Liaison Officer, Conference Assistants and Backline Tech Assistants. 

Music Journalism students will also be playing a big part in the festival by having the chance to cover the festival on a press angle, with follow-up blogs, social media posts and artist reviews.

Red Brick Vintage Venue is located in the Robert Cain’s Brewery Building:

Fontaines D.C. 20:40 - 21:00

The Villanovas 20:10 - 20:30

Temple Keys 19:40 - 20:00

Gathering Of Strangers 19:10 - 19:30

Working Men’s Club 18:40 - 19:00

Carl North & The Lonely Hearts 18:00 -18:25  

Stage 13 Unit 51 Buskers Stage:

Casey Lowry 15:45 - 16:15

Nish Goyal 15:00 - 15:30

Olly Flavell 14:15 - 14:45 

BPI Mission

BPI is organising a week long trade mission to China In partnership with The Department for International Trade (DIT) and AIM (The Association of Independent Music) with the idea to boost British music in the ever increasing Chinese market which is consuming more international music than ever before. The week-long mission will include a programme of education, networking, B2B meetings, conferences, showcases and a visit to Sounds of The Xity (SOTX) the biggest music trading event based in China and the only Chinese platform with a long-term commitment to the joint development of the Chinese and Western music industries.

Hosted by Sound City’s partner Modern Sky, Sounds of the Xity Conference is the music project which uses a market-oriented method to export Chinese music culture into the world. Its attending delegates from all over the world, are mostly at the top rank within the range of festival organisations they come from. The event covers not just music but technology, fashion, design, and documentary, and its core program of SOTX consists of two elements SOTX EXPO and SOTX FEST. SOTX EXPO devotes itself to taking Chinese music culture abroad using market principles, while SOTX FEST provides customers the most cutting-edge music experience.

Artists, promoters, record labels, festival bookers, directors and organisers, are being invited to participate in the mission including Sound City’s founder and Director of Modern Sky UK, Dave Pichilingi who will have his own tailored itinerary for the mission.

Chris Tams, BPI Director of Independent Membership and International, said:

 “The BPI and its partners organise a number of international trade missions to key music markets each year by way of developing export opportunities for their members and to promote British music around the world.”

“This is the second mission to China we’ve been involved with and we hope to build on the success of last year’s mission. With a burgeoning aspirational population that clearly has a love of all things British, improving respect for copyright and authentic quality products, and the UK needing to forge new international trading relationships, the timing of this second visit couldn’t be better. Music has become Britain’s global calling card and we fully intend to use it in this exciting emerging market which has the potential to transform global music sales.”   

The mission takes place 10th – 15th April 2018                


SESAC Holdings, Inc., the only U.S. based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, and other rights, boasting an amazing affiliate roster to include Adele, R.E.M.,Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon, and many more. SESAC returns to Sound City this year with a showcase full-to-the-brim with unconventional toe-tapping sounds.

Headlining are Australia’s duet Geowulf who burst onto the scene two years ago with their debut single “Saltwater”. Comprised of Star and Toma, the pair’s lo-fi Indie pop is certain to get you grooving as soon as you hear it. It’s the perfect mix of blissed out, beachy pop – the aural equivalent of driving along the coast on a heavenly summer’s day with melancholy, heartbroken lyrics. Toma spearheads the musical side, while Star largely writes the lyrics, filling them with stories of her life.

Carmody is a singer-songwriter from South-East London whose candid lyrics tell stories that weave into distinct melodies, somewhere between folk and pop. Having already amassed a loyal following as a result of her collaborations with Tom Misch and other collaborations with Alfa Mist and Nick Leng, is a multi Instrumentalist with vocals, that amplify her songwriting abilities, the strength of which you are in no doubt.

North London duet Kawala make emotively moving pop music and create songs with a strong narrative and a sweet purity that run through their acoustic sounds.  Proudly representing their Camden roots, their North London twang is carried through their songs. Their simplistic way of arranging a song, strips it right back to basics of just an instrumental and a vocal. These kind of raw vocals will warm your heart and make the hairs on your arms stand on end.

Night Flight a five piece alternative band from London who had their first UK tour this year and have performed at other festivals including Bushstock and Deershed. They produce emotive and smooth sounding music which will leave you wanting more.

Finally, kicking off the proceedings is Brooke Bentham, a 21-year old from South Shields, whose music touches upon themes of frustrated relationships while possessing the epic alt rock journey of War On Drugs or Ryan Adams, with the added emotional vocal depths of Sharon Van Etten or Angel Olsen.

SESAC will host its showcase on Sunday 5th May at District.

Leeds College of Music showcase at Sound City

Leeds College of Music is delighted to be returning to Sound City for the third year running! We’re proud to showcase an eclectic mix of talented artists as we take over the Red Brick Vintage Stage on Saturday 5th May from 3pm – 6pm!

Here’s a bit more about the talented artists featured on our showcase…

15:00 - Venus

Venus are a five-piece all-girl rock band advocating for women in alternative music, and a safer and more diverse music scene. Championed by the likes of Girls That Gig, Venus bring a positive energy of feminism and activism through hard-hitting rock and punk influenced music.

15:35 - Long Legged Creatures

Long Legged Creatures will be creeping out with their twisted live electronica, full of wonky harmony and heavy grooves, creating a sense of uneasiness. Their live producer expertly blends the recklessness with a nod to the deeper UK dance sound.

16:10 - Thomas Harvey

Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Harvey will bring an emotive blend of alt-pop and electronic sounds deliver individualism through eloquent lyrical themes. Deriving influence from Ry X, Banks and Nick Murphy, his recent debut single ‘Swimming in Mud’ was released to great accolade from BBC Introducing WY.


Three-piece indie band LUNABLIND offer catchy guitar riffs and a powerhouse of danceable indie tracks – full of driving rhythm and memorable melodies. Drawing comparisons bands such as Foals, Two Door Cinema Club and All Tvvins, their indie-dance crossover never ceases to please!  

17:20 - N/\L/\

Solo electronic artist and connoisseur of “sad dance music”, N/\L/\ is an alchemist of remorseless beats and jarring basslines, sprinkled with hard-hitting lyrics about mental health injustice. Gaining airplay from BBC Introducing and BBC 6 Music’s Tom Robinson, N/\L/\ produces music which is gritty and fearless, and unapologetically so.

LCoM Alumni also feature within Sound City’s diverse line-up – including innovative electronic trio Laminate Pet Animal, charismatic, blues-tinged rockers Bang Bang Romeo and British Country Music award winner, Laura Oakes.

Photo by Mara west


Launched with a bang at SXSW 2018, Kycker is a brand new platform for artists who are building their own careers from the ground up.

“We love talent, and we want to see it thrive, so we made Kycker to give artists the tools and knowledge they need to build their own careers.”

- Autumn Palmer, Artist Development Manager, Kycker

Kycker are one of the UK’s major advocates of DIY artist development, and will be coming to Sound City in force with an entourage of independent emerging artists. Taking over the Baltic Social on the 6th of May, Kycker will be bringing the following acts to Sound City:

Hands Off Gretel – DIY Girl Grunge, South Yorkshire

Rival Bones - Hard Rock duo, Liverpool

I Set The Sea On Fire - Indie Funk troupe, Sheffield

LUPA - Female Fronted Electro Rock, Sheffield

Lucie Barat - Synth Pop & Poetry, Brighton

Hot Soles - Sugarbeat Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sheffield

Alice’s Night Circus - Circus Pop experience, Lincoln

Darma - Fuzz Grunge trio, Sheffield

“We are proud to be bringing such a wide range of genres to Sound City in our first year of running. Sound City has always been a festival that champions underground music, and we can’t wait. We know that every artist has the potential to build a DIY career, and what better place to show that than Sound City.”

Edge Hill University to celebrate Wonder Women: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage

Throughout 2018, Edge Hill University will be marking the 100th anniversary of the first women’s right to vote with a packed programme of free events.

Wonder Women: 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage will celebrate the inspirational women – and men – who have helped to shape democracy over the last century.

Thursday 22 MarchCaroline Lucas, Something’s Got to Change

Leader of the Green Party and three-time winner of The Observer’s Most Ethical Politician award, Caroline Lucas, talks about being a woman, and the only Green MP, in the House of Commons and how politics itself needs to change.

17 May-17 June – Festival of Ideas 2018

To mark 100 years of votes for women, Equalities is the theme of this year’s Festival of Ideas. Now in its third year, the Festival boasts a programme of entertaining and accessible public events aimed at opening up conversations about overcoming past injustices and how we can formulate a more egalitarian society in the future.

Later in the year, the campus will also host an event for the Great Get Together, a nationwide series of community events to celebrate the life and beliefs of Jo Cox MP. Marking the a highspot of this year’s Festival of Ideas, the event will include performances, installations and activities to trace the journey towards equality.

There are also plans to create a Suffrage Garden on campus to commemorate Edge Hill’s part in the history of the Suffragist movement – as well as many other exciting events to be announced throughout the year.

Edge Hill has a long and proud history of championing women’s rights and equality, from its pioneering role as the first non-denominational teacher training college for women, to its links with the suffrage movement.  Today, this heritage is reflected in the green and purple of the University’s corporate and ceremonial colours and in Edge Hill’s active commitment to promoting diversity and equality.

Find out more here

Heavenly at Sound City

Over at District on Saturday 5th May, Heavenly Records will be hosting their very own stage for Sound City 18! With a headline set from The Orielles and also their newest signings 77:78, Dan Stock and Hatchie on the bill, it is bound to be a great experience. 

Local trio Stealing Sheep are also showcasing their ‘SUFFRAGETTE TRIBUTE’ at Invisible Wind Factor, presented by Edge Hill University in Partnership with Brighter Sound.

Sound City 18 tickets available here 

BLOXX, Sorry & Yellow Days to play DIY’s Sound City Stage

Taking place at Constellations on Sunday 6th May, DIY will be playing host to a range of exciting acts! The full line-up for the DIY Presents stage is as follows:

Yellow Days
Puma Blue
Gaffa Tape Sandy
King Nun

To buy tickets for Liverpool Sound City, head here

You can read more about DIY’s stage here: 

Bruntwood tunes in to Sound City+

Property company Bruntwood Group is to sponsor this year’s Sound City+ music conference in Liverpool!

Bruntwood Group is a family-owned property company that specialises in creating environments for businesses. It owns, lets and manages more than 100 properties in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, employing more than 650 people. The company is committed to making the UK’s great city regions even greater by creating the right places for business success. Landmark Bruntwood buildings in Liverpool include the Cotton Exchange, which has become home to a variety of creative and digital businesses in recent years, and Queen Insurance Buildings, which includes Queen Avenue, the city’s only remaining Victorian arcadeand home to several independent businesses. 

Sound City +, which precedes the Sound City music festival, is the UK’s leading independent new music conference and welcomes a wide range of music executivesfrom across the world. This year’s Sound City+ takes place on Friday 4 May at the British Music Experience in the Cunard Building, ahead of the festival at the Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery on the weekend of 5 and 6 May.

More information about Sound City+ 2018 can be found at 

Colin Forshaw, Regional Director at Bruntwood, said: “We are committed to supporting events and organisations that enrich the cultural offer in the Liverpool city region, making it a better place to live, work and succeed. Liverpool’s unique maritime and industrial heritage has long created a melting pot of music, culture and business, inspired by the world. Sound City+ embodies that rich blend perfectly and underlines the city’s continuing role as a creative epicentre, so we are proud to support it.”

Dave Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City, said: “This year’s Sound City is going back to its roots, with the festival taking place around the Baltic Triangle and the Sound City+ conference welcoming global industry colleagues to the Pier Head. It’s great to have Bruntwood on board as a sponsor. It’s a company that shares many of our cultural values and our love of the city. We have developed a real synergy with the Bruntwood team and we look forward to developing that relationship with other initiatives in the future.”

PRS Foundation’s Keychange Initiative

“Championing equality is at the heart of what we do at Sound City, across our festival and conference programme and within our organisation we strive for diversity in everything we do.“ - Sound City’s COO Becky Ayres

Sound City is incredibly proud to be a part of Keychange! We pledge to tackle gender inequality by empowering women to transform the future of the music industry, whilst encouraging industry conferences and festivals to achieve a 50:50 balance by 2022. 

Find out more about Keychange here: 

Stealing Sheep Suffragette Tribute Presented in partnership with Edge Hill University and Brighter Sound.

In response to the centenary of suffrage, Stealing Sheep are celebrating women with a performance inspired by the suffragette movement. Co-commissioned by Edge Hill University and Manchester-based creative music charity Brighter Sound, ‘Stealing Sheep’s Suffragette Tribute’ will bring together female drummers and percussionists from the Liverpool area with design, AV and production students to create a marching band and procession featuring brand new music - all inspired by women, equality and empowerment.

The performance will be the culmination of a five-day artistic residency led by Stealing Sheep. The residency is part of Both Sides Now, an initiative led by Brighter Sound to support, inspire and showcase female artists based in the North of England. Edge Hill University have co-commissioned the piece as part of its ‘Wonder Women’ year of celebration of women’s suffrage, and empowered its students to be involved through its innovative Student Opportunity programme! #EHUWonderWomen 

‘We’re doing a residency with Both Sides Now at the Invisible Wind Factory where we’ll be inviting 15 female drummers to join us in a marching procession that will showcase at Liverpool Sound City! The procession is a celebration of women and responds to the centenary of suffrage with female musicians and dancers from Edge Hill University. We’re working with a choreographer called Kate Cox and working with map projections which will be installed in the blade factory during the festival!’ - Stealing Sheep

More acts and day splits announced!

Sound City is making its hugely anticipated return to the city centre, kick-starting the UK’s 2018 festival season into life on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May!

The festival is incredibly proud to now reveal the headline day splits and many of the artists joining the bill this spring. Saturday’s headliners DMA’s have just been revealed, alongside the previously announced Slow Readers Club. Alt-psych rockers Peace headline the Sunday, with Sunset Sons now confirmed to appear amongst 100s of other acts across two days.

The festival is very much going back to its roots for its 11th year in a vibrant celebration of music and arts from around the world and much closer to home. Sound City will embrace the spirit of the underground and seek out the next generation of talent, set across the many intimate venues and electric spaces of Liverpool’s historic Baltic Triangle.

During Sound City, events will be hosted in:
Great Baltic Warehouse // Constellations // Camp and Furnace // Baltic Market // Hangar 34 // District // Unit 51 // Baltic Social // Red Door Vintage // The Tank Room // 24 Kitchen Street // Northern Lights // Hinterland // Craft Minded // Black Lodge Brewery // Tap And Still.

Sound City Korea 2017 Applications Now Live!

Sound City are delighted to announce that applications are now open for artists to apply to showcase at MU:CON (26th - 28th September) and Zandari Festival (29th September, 30th September, 1st October), South Korea’s most important industry events.  APPLY HERE!


For the fourth year running, BIMM (The British & Irish Modern Music Institute) is proud to be taking part in Liverpool Sound City 2017.

BIMM alumni, Cabbage, Fickle Friends and Pale Waves are among the bands playing and - as with previous years - BIMM will be bringing a variety of must-see acts from across its network of colleges for the annual BIMM Official Showcase on The Cavern stage between 3-6 pm Saturday 27 May.

This year’s line-up is set to be bigger than ever with performances from a selection of rising stars Æ MAK (BIMM Dublin), Crimsons (BIMM Manchester), Tom Dunne (BIMM London), Chay Snowdon (BIMM Bristol) and Fur (BIMM Brighton). More details here: 
Our cultural event is Peaches In Conversation - In Association with BIMM. The Berlin-based Canadian electronic musician and performance artist, Merrill Beth Nisker aka Peaches - who has been tearing up tradition and gender norms - will be in conversation with BIMM London’s Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdicke.

Jen is an author on fan culture and is a media and music academic. Five of her BIMM London students will be travelling up to the event, having won a competition to report on the festival.  Students from other BIMM colleges also won work placements to help out behind the scenes at Liverpool Sound City.

Aside from being the special guest at the aforementioned in-conversation event, Peaches herself will be bringing her spellbinding live performance to Sound City on Saturday 27 May.


Following on from 2016’s successful Unsigned Music Awards, UMA Music have teamed up with Live Nation and Europe’s biggest festival for new music, The Great Escape to host the 2018 event. The UMAs will take over the 4,000 capacity Brighton Centre to celebrate the UK’s most innovative and unique unsigned artists. The awards will take place on 16 May 2018 to kick off the 13th edition of The Great Escape. The nominees will be selected by UK’s leading influencers, booking agencies, promoters and festival partners.  

Rory Bett, CEO of Mama Festivals and The Great Escape Festival says:

“For the past 12 years The Great Escape has led the way in supporting upcoming talent, doing more than any other festival to get new and emerging bands onto the industry radar. Bringing the UMAs to The Great Escape is a perfect launch platform to the 2018 festival and just another way that we can continue to champion the music talent of the future.”

UMA will also be partnering with UNILAD Entertainment, one of the most viewed and most engaged pages in the world, to globally live stream the ceremony. The two-hour show will feature live performances from some of the hottest emerging acts on the UK scene, along with seventeen award presentations and a roster of celebrity hosts.

Kevin Tewis-Allen, Global Director of Music & Entertainment at UNILAD says:

“UNILAD was thrilled to be the original media partner at the 2016 awards and are delighted to announce our continued support for the UMAs in 2018. Live Nation is the perfect global partner for the UMAs and UNILAD will continue to set the music bar very high with the best LIVE entertainment shows.“

Simon O’Kelly, CEO of UMA Music Group and the Unsigned Music Award says:

“We are excited to continue the growth of the Unsigned Music Awards as a platform to promote unsigned, self-signed and otherwise emerging artists, around the world. Opening Europe’s largest festival for new music with an award ceremony that recognises only new music makes perfect sense and we can’t think of a more suitable partner to bring this vision to life, than Live Nation.”

Early-bird tickets to the event are now available through Ticketmaster:

Applications for the second annual Unsigned Music Awards open in July 2017. Artists can register now to receive updates at
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