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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Over 8,000 young people have to date received free education and the opportunity to enter the BRIT School since its opening in 1991, and more than 10,000 children and adults have been helped by the extraordinary music therapy work carried out by Nordoff-Robbins.

About the BPI (British Phonographic Industry) Promoting British Music

The BPI is the record labels’ association that promotes British music and champions the UK’s recorded music sector, including through its content protection work, international trade missions, industry events, research, and management of the Music Exports Growth Scheme.  Its membership is made up of over 400 independent labels and the UK’s three ‘major’ companies – Sony Music Entertainment UK, Universal Music UK and Warner Music UK. Collectively the BPI’s members broadly account for over 80 per cent of domestic music consumption and one in six of all the artist albums sold around the world.

The BPI administers and certifies the iconic Platinum, Gold and Silver Awards Programme and co-owns the Official Charts with the retailers’ association ERA.  The BPI owns and organises the celebrated BRIT Awards and its related events, including BRITs Week and the BRITs Icon Award, and is also home to the Mercury Prize.  

Since 1989 The BRIT Awards has raised more than £16.8m for The BRIT Trust charity, whose main beneficiaries include the world-famous BRIT School for Performing Arts & Technology, Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy, and other selected charities and organisations which promote education and wellbeing through music.

The Culture Diary

The Culture Diary is a one-stop-shop for all things arts and creative industries designed to connect the UK culture sector with government agencies, encouraging more international working and collaboration. It promotes UK culture nationally and internationally raising the profile of your events, and highlights the amazing breadth and diversity of the UK’s cultural offering.

Register online and you can promote your events to the public, industry and government. Create a profile, upload your events, and share stories, all in one place. You can communicate with peers and potential collaborators while raising the profile of your work. Join us in showing the world that UK Culture is GREAT.

We are partnered with GREAT, Arts Council England, British Council, Department for Culture, Media & Sport, Department for International Trade, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, VisitBritain.

Join us in showing the world that UK Culture is GREAT. #CultureisGREAT #CreativityisGREAT #ExportisGREAT #ontheDiary

Soundcloud Go Baltic Stage winners announced!

CONGRATULATIONS to Generation, the newest spirits of punk who are going to storm the sounds of our Soundcloud Go Baltic Stage on Saturday 27th May! Ahead of their slot, the Liverpool band discuss how Soundcloud brought their music to life and what’s to come from the next generation of powerful punk…

How have you used SoundCloud to help build your audience, and how has this helped get you to where you are today? 

We used SoundCloud initially to try and attract promoters and venues to our band. We wanted to try and get gigs as quickly as possible. PRIVATE LINK is a cool way to send your material without releasing your songs to the world! We made a 5 TRACK PLAYLIST of what we believed really represents our sound? Each stream was 30 seconds. We branded up our PLAYLIST and sent out via email after first asking if the promoter or venue may be interested. The playlist created gigs, gigs attracted people and people are now turning into fans! 


What are your favourite SoundCloud features and why? 

PRIVATE link has to be our real favourite as it started the dates rolling. Next main favourite is the EMBED facility. This allowed us to stream our SoundCloud clips through FACEBOOK and after a few small ad campaigns gained us a little more attention. One of the SoundCloud ad campaigns through FACEBOOK got us our management! 


What opportunities do you think streaming offers to newer artists?

 Streaming gives us the opportunity to be found and listened to really quickly. We try our new material out with streams… gets us good feedback! 

What’s your best SoundCloud moment? 

We’ve had loads of SoundCloud moments! Getting management, getting gigs and even getting festival dates! Also just recently a SoundCloud PRIVATE link secured radio plays on BBC Radio Introducing Liverpool. From a few plays we now have an invite for a live session!

Any great new music discoveries you’ve made lately on SoundCloud? 

We made a great OLD music discovery. A re-master of SPURTS ‘The Richard Hell Story’… great find! Richard Hell is one of the artists we look up to! 


Have you discovered or collaborated with new artists/producers/vocalists via SoundCloud? 

SoundCloud has been great for checking out some of the artists that we have supported ie: SLAVES & IDLES. 

Which artists inspire you the most? 

(The Clash, Ramones) Richard Hell, The Ramones and The Clash

 What can we expect to see from your set at Sound City? 

A set full of Excitement, Energy and Style reflecting our belief in our music and the spirit of PUNK!

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BIMM returns to Liverpool Sound City ‘17 for the fourth year. As always, we’ll be bringing with us a host of must-see acts from across our network of BIMM colleges when we host our annual BIMM Official Showcase on The Cavern Stage on Saturday 27 May 2017. 

The line-up and set times have been announced, so we thought we’d give you a teaser of what you can expect. 

3 pm: Tom Dunne 

Haunting and atmospheric, his music blends moody electronica with poetic lyrics. A truly compelling artist, the rising star has had mentions in Q Magazine and has been championed by both the BBC Introducing network and Radio 1’s Huw 

3:40 pm: Chay Snowdon 

If you’ve not yet heard of BIMM Bristol prodigy Chay Snowdon, you will very soon. The well-coiffed troubadour has earned comparisons to Alex Turner, Jake Bugg and even Elvis.

4:20 pm: Fur 

Fans of TOY and Hooton Tennis Club take note, this four-piece will capture your imagination with their laid-back sound and brilliant lyricism. Their appreciation of early 60’s music and melodic driven guitar adds to their alluring 

5 pm: Æ MAK 

Hailing from BIMM Dublin, Æ MAK’s curious and unique brand of pop meets ‘jungle indie’ has created much intrigue within the music world - think Bjork meets MGMT. Their latest single ‘I Walk’ encapsulates the weird and wonderful world of Æ MAK - bubbly, optimistic and wholly 

5:35 pm. Crimsons 

‘More flower power than your local bakers’. Last, but by no means least, is BIMM Manchester’s Crimsons who have been notching up quite the fanbase. Blending heady psychedelica with hazy melodies, the band are among the wave of new and exciting bands coming out of the North

Nothin But The Music

Nothin But The Music (NBTM) is a music agency that specialises in Creative Direction, A&R Services and Creative Consultancy. Over the recent years, NBTM have established themselves as key talent developers; heading up the award winning LIMF Academy, scouting and consulting for major labels as well as A&Ring for and developing new talent. Two artists that we have recently undertaken A&R roles with are Sub Blue and Astles.

SUB BLUE is 19 year old Alt-Urban-Pop artist based in Liverpool, who has been heavily co-signed by the likes of BBC Radio 1Xtra, GetIntoThis and BBC Introducing. He is currently working on his debut EP, ‘Suburban View’, which will be released in July. He will be embarking on his first national tour with Punch Records from 8-12th May.

Listen to Sub Blue here:


Astles is a Liverpool-based singer-songwriter and producer who is unafraid to chart new musical waters. The prodigious talent has been compared favourably to compelling music artists such as Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard and Bon Iver by his growing legion of fans, many of whom include key new music tastemakers such as BBC Introducing, Bido Lito Magazine and many more. After Winning 2016’s Soundstation Final, Astles released Live EP ‘Live at The Nordic’ to local critical acclaim.

Listen to Astles ‘‘Live at The Nordic’:

Zandari Festa

Korea’s premier music showcase festival, Zandari Festa, takes place in the heart of Hongdae, Seoul. Since starting out in 2012 Zandari has established itself as one of the most important independent music events in Asia and attracts artists, fans and music business-related delegates from all over the world. This year, as part of our on going partnership with Liverpool Sound City Zandari is sending four of the best underground bands from the Korean scene to play on the banks of the Mersey.

SSING SSING is a band that mixes authentic Korean traditional vocals with rock music and brings it all together with an extravagant visual style. Ssing Ssing have an incredibly unique sound that has to be heard live to be fully appreciated.

SWIIMERS make music which would appeal to shoe-gazing and dream pop lovers. For fans of Cocteau Twins & Slowdive.

WASTED JONNYS a four piece Korean garage / blues rock band. They pride themselves on the grooviness of their sound and are well known for their high energy performances and electrifying stage presence. Come on! Let’s get WASTED!!!

DIEALRIGHT is a three piece post-punk rock band. Listeners can tell immediately that the band was directly inspired by the post-punk garage revival of the early 2000s. Lead singer Chae Song-Hwa’s biting and almost spiteful vocals are underpinned by dark, dirty guitars and keyboard riffs. At the core of their sound is solid bass and drums that cut through like a gunshot.

British Council

The British Council Music team work across genres from grime to classical, in countries around the world, showcasing the best of British music and fostering relationships with the music industry overseas. In the UK, we partner with festivals and music conferences and invite overseas promoters, festival directors and journalists to come and see British music in the flesh, which paves the way for future collaboration and overseas opportunities. This year we’re delighted to be teaming up with Liverpool Sound City to explore the links between the music industry in the North of England and countries in East Asia. We’ll be hosting a panel discussion at the Sound City+ conference with speakers from Indonesia, China and Korea ready to discuss how we can find common ground and expand on our relationships and audiences across continents. Come and say hello!

Berklee Online

Berklee Online is excited to make its Liverpool Sound City debut with, ‘DISRUPT OR DIE’ a panel on how to make yourself heard in a music market that will only get louder and more crowded. You need to create a buzz so massive that it can’t be ignored, and the techniques, models, platforms, and strategies that worked last year won’t work tomorrow.

Join us on Friday, 26th May for this rousing conversation on what artist marketing looks like now and what it will look like five years from now. We’ll explore these questions using data, strategy, creativity, and a panel that includes top booking agents, artists, and managers.

The panel is moderated by Mike King, who has authored several marketing courses for Berklee Online, the online branch of Berklee College of Music.
Berklee Online is the largest online music school in the world, offering more than 170 online courses, more than 60 certificate programs, an online bachelor’s degree with eight majors, and a master’s degree program coming soon.

POP Montreal International Music Festival

The POP Montreal International Music Festival will celebrate its #SWEET16 between September 13-17, 2017. Expect 400 bands, 200 multidisciplinary artists and over 50,000 people to party with. Until then, POP is taking its show on the road with events across North America, the UK and Europe all summer long. On May 26th and the 27th, POP will be making stops at SoundCity+ and LSC with two rising superstars hailing from Quebec. Arbutus Record’s Mozart’s Sister is fresh off her second album “Field of Love” and has in her career received raving reviews from the likes of NME and Dazed & Confused. Having recently shared the stage with Arcade Fire, Montreal-Congolese showman Pierre Kwenders will preview tracks from his second album, due out this September. Get ready to swing your hips!

French Music Bureau- KillASon

A year after dropping his first wave-making EP The Rize, Paris-based hip-hop artist KillASon (Marcus Dossavi-Gourdot) brings his vibrantly hybrid style back with STW1, a six track offering of lighter, more melodic, but even more compelling music showcasing the rising star’s appeal. Critically acclaimed by the French press (including Les Inrocks, Trax, Noisey) as well as internationally (The New York Times, The Quietus), the multi-talented 22-year-old’s charisma is exemplified in the video for “WRONG”, the latest single off STW1. A dancer with the crews Wanted Posse and Undercover, the introspective track features the artist’s incredible moves across barren landscapes as he raps about persevering through temptations to become someone you are not.

“‘Wrong’ is about how life goals must not change you,” KillASon explains. “Lenny Grosman (the director) & I wanted to build a dream-like, timeless and spacey picture of my soul. The 2 lords dancing in the clip are like spirits helping me to face my darkness. The hook highlights this fear of becoming a heartless slave of success: 'Hey what’s WRONG in my head / All I want is *annihiler ennemies on my way / Nevertheless I’m sure they no ennemies they’re just people like me / People trying to make something out of existence.’ (*annihilate in French.)

We shot the video in Tenerife, Canary Islands, last September. It’s produced by my company SUPANOVA & Dissidence Production. I also partnered with startup developper TheFamily & peer-to-peer transportation service Heetch. We had 1 month only to make it happen. It was a real challenge and we made it! Yayaya Fleekah”

Watch the video to “WRONG” by clicking on this link: 


SESAC, one of the most ambitious companies in music, is now officially backed by Blackstone – one of the most powerful private equity companies in the world.

SESAC hasn’t put an official figure on Blackstone’s buyout, which will take the for-profit collection/licensing society out of the hands of Rizvi Traverse Management.

But it’s pretty easy to estimate the price tag is somewhere between massive-bucks and megabucks.

Blackstone’s average investment in portfolio companies totals hundreds of millions of dollars. Rizvi reportedly bought its 75% stake in SESAC for approximately $600m in 2013.

SESAC CEO John Josephson says that Blackstone’s money will, over the next decade, help fuel SESAC’s aspirations to become a truly global rights management powerhouse across performance, mechanicals, sync – and even master rights.

You can’t imagine the presence of $35bn-valued Blackstone will do much harm to SESAC’s mission to increase songwriter payouts from the likes of Google, Facebook and the US radio industry.

(Like BMI and Irving Azoff’s GMR, SESAC is currently preparing to fight the US Radio Music License Committee to shell out higher composer royalties. SESAC, though, will have do so through an arbitration proceeding – an agreed result of the settlement of prior litigation.)

Yet according to Josephson, the biggest immediate advantage of Blackstone’s takeover will be stability.

SESAC is Blackstone’s first investment under its new core private equity strategy.

This is ‘specifically designed to hold private equity investments for much longer periods of time than traditional private equity funds’ – expected to amount to a duration in excess of 10 years.

That suits Josephson, who says SESAC has much more to get done worldwide.

SESAC’s global game plan is two-fold: (i) expand its active presence as a multi-rights licensing group across Europe and the rest of the world; and (ii) pull together mechanicals, sync and performance rights in a manner beyond that of its US competitors.

Part (i) got a big boost last year when SESAC joined forced with Swiss collecting society SUISA to create Mint – a JV to administer and license rights across Europe.

Its EU ambitions were also boosted when SESAC hired SOLAR’s Alexander Wolf (pictured inset) to head up its International team.

Part (ii) became a reality with one of the most significant deals in recent music publishing history: when SESAC acquired US mechanical rights clearing house The Harry Fox Agency from the NMPA in 2015.

Impressive moves like these have helped attract 30,000 clients (‘affiliates’) to SESAC’s books, including Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Zac Brown and Neil Diamond.

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Sound City 2017 Stage Breakdowns

The celebrations for our 10th Birthday party are ready and raring to go! Prepare the cake, pack the party poppers and get the bevvies in because it’s gonna be ONE HELL OF A PARTY! 

Announcing our stage breakdowns and MEGA additions to the already colossal lineup including CUPIDS, Estrons, Rory Wynne & exclusive performance from Tim & Mark of The Charlatans! Your May Bank Holiday weekend just got a whole lot better! Get ready Sound Citizens! 

Alya Records

Alya Records is an independent Artist Development company based in Sheffield. We specialise in taking street level bands, mentoring them, growing them, and finally developing them into a higher level touring artist. Our roster includes Fizzy Blood, I Set The Sea On Fire, Deadset Dream, TREMMORS and more.

We are proud to be sponsors and partners with many great festivals and showcases across the world. These include SXSW (Texas), Zandari Festa (South Korea), Reeperbahn (Germany), and of course, Sound City (Liverpool, New York).

We are thrilled to be taking part in Liverpool Sound City again this year, in our opinion one of the best festivals in the UK by far! Four of our brand new bands will be showcasing on Sunday the 28th on The Cavern Stage!

18:15 – Violet Contours (FFO Foals, The Hunna)

19:00 – TREMMORS (FFO Royal Blood, Drenge)

19:45 – I Set The Sea On Fire (FFO Arcade Fire, Of Monsters & Men)

20:30 – Fizzy Blood (FFO Queens Of The Stone Age, Pulled Apart By Horses)

We also have an exclusive show from Alice’s Night Circus, who will be appearing at Friday’s Conference!

Alya Records works as both a label and a management company, growing bands through mentorship, branding, and developing new revenue streams.

Leeds College of Music

For the second year running, Leeds College of Music is delighted to be at Liverpool Sound City! We’re proud to showcase an eclectic mix of sterling artists from LCoM, so don’t miss the fantastic takeover on the Cavern stage, from 12pm on Saturday 27th May!

Representing Leeds College of Music are; Laminate Pet Animal – an electronic trio with hints of Gold Panda, Bonobo and The Japanese House, their thoughtful, abstract electro-pop is a sonic delight.

Also taking to the stage is BBC Introducing favourite, Lauren Rycroft, a singer-songwriter with stunning vocals and haunting melodies. Lucy Whittaker’s punchy Electro Pop sound and her energetic performances are fast gaining her a reputation as “one to watch”. With her hook-filled pop garnering national radio play, 2017 is set to be big.

The Golden Age of TV are an indie art rock quintet who have captured imaginations with their “Hurricane of emotional beauty” – all combined with unstoppable dance grooves and a hint of nostalgia. There’s nothing quite like a performance from S a N T I N O, a singer / producer with a love of 80’s dance beats and Japanese anime, his music takes you on a technicolour journey through hyper-pop.

Artists announced for Sound City 2017!

We are over the moon to announce the spectacular lineup for our 10th Birthday Celebrations! See you on the docks!

  • Arts Council
  • It's Liverpool
  • See Tickets
  • City of Liverpool
  • gigmit
  • LJMU
  • DIY
  • EU
  • INES
  • Baltic Creative