Help Musicians UK (HMUK) have partnered once again with Music Venue Trust for this years Venues Day!

Help Musicians UK (HMUK) have announced it has partnered once again with Music Venue Trust (MVT) for this year’s Venues Day, which takes place on Wednesday 17 Oct at Islington Assembly, London.

The UK’s leading independent music charity has teamed up with MVT for its annual Venues Day event, which has built a reputation as a pivotal national networking event for grassroots music venues. Venues Day will see MVT members congregate for a day of panels, presentations and working groups to discuss challenges for venues on themes such as wellbeing, contracts, advertising and promoters.

HMUK’s partnership with MVT will see the charity offer travel bursaries to Northern Ireland delegates, specifically representatives of grass roots venues in the region who might not otherwise have the resources available to attend.

The charity’s own Head of Health & Welfare Joe Hastings will also participate in a wellbeing panel to discuss the responsibilities of the venue industry in supporting the wellbeing of its own workers and artists, including a discussion on riders, alcohol and mental health support.

James Ainscough, Interim CEO of Help Musicians UK said “Venues Day serves a huge purpose in sustaining and connecting a successful grass roots venue community, so we are proud to partner with MVT once again. Through our work in mental health via our Music Minds Matter service, as well as holistic support and development for music creators, the charity will continue to invest in the wellbeing of the industry. Working together with our partners to make a difference for our beneficiaries in the music industry is a huge part of our continued commitment.”

Mark Davyd, Founder and CEO of Music Venue Trust said “We are delighted to have Help Musicians UK returning as a partner for Venues Day 2018. We have serious concerns about the health and wellbeing of venue owners and staff working in this sector, with stress, financial worries and poor working conditions creating significant pressure on the sector. HMUK have launched a number of initiatives, particularly around mental health, which are important examples for our sector, and we are especially pleased to have them presenting a panel about these issues.”

INES Showcase Festival Network announces 104 talented artists!

Several thousand bands and musicians from the participating 12 countries (Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, Great Britain, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Sweden, Spain, Slovenia, Hungary, Czech Republic) have applied for the second year of the INES#talent support program. Now the 104 new #talents have been announced - including Mavi Phoenix, Hope and ShaoDow!

Applications were being accepted until July 31, 2018 which were available to all bands and musicians from the participating countries. From all applications received, the festival partners have now nominated the best young musicians from their respective countries for INES#talent 2019. And now that three new members have been added into the network since this past June, INES#talents from Hungary, the Czech Republic and Italy will officially be there for the first time!

With INES#talent in 2019, the most promising young artists in Europe will have the chance to perform at up to 12 showcase festivals and thus present themselves to an international audience, but above all to the international music industry.

A total of over 100 slots will be available exclusively for the sponsored artists at all participating events in the coming year.

The participating festivals are:

c/o pop, Germany

Budapest Showcase Hub, Hungary

Enea Spring Break, Poland

Linecheck, Italy

Live at Heart, Sweden

Liverpool Sound City, United Kingdom

MENT Ljubljana, Slovenia

Monkey Week, Spain

Nouvelle Prague, Czech Republic

Sonic Visions, Luxembourg

Waves, Vienna, Austria

Westway LAB, Portugal

The first cycle of the young talent promotion programme is still underway - with particularly successful participants such as We Bless This Mess, Cari Cari and Haiku Garden.

Further information about INES#talent can be found at: https://www.ines-festivals.eu/talents/

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INES is the European Showcase Festival Network that promotes the careers of artists and music professionals in the European markets. INES is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the EU.

Apply To Play applications are now open!

‼️CALLING ALL ARTISTS ‼️ You can now apply to play Sound City 2019! Just follow this link: https://www.gigmit.com/gigs/liverpool-sound-city-festival-in-liverpool-sound-city-14801

Sound City Korea 2018 Applications Now Open
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Artists can now apply to showcase at two of South Korea’s most important industry events, MU:CON and Zandari Festival, as part of the Sound City Korea initiative.

APPLY NOW:  https://form.jotformeu.com/61935061241348

Supported by Arts Council England, this is the fourth year that Sound City will take artists to MU:CON and Zandari, providing a gateway into the exciting Korean music market.

Taking place from October 5 – 7, Zandari Festival and its conference focuses on the live and independent sector, with 200 emerging artists performing in 22 venues to 3,000 industry delegates and 15,000 music festival attendees.  

MU:CON 2018 will take place in late September (dates TBC) and showcases 150 artists to an industry audience of 3,000 at its conference. It has a particular focus on publishing and sync licensing.

Over the first three years of Sound City Korea, 73 UK artists and industry professionals attended and showcased at Zandari Festa and MU:CON. Industry executives who have attended the showcases to date boast a combined audience reach of 3.2 million across markets including China, Korea, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, Spain, Serbia, Denmark..

The Sound City Korea initiative invites artists plus a member of their team to apply and includes funding to attend the showcases. Artists should be based in England and include details of their current UK and international activity in their application as well as links to their music. Applications are open until 6pm on July 27, to apply go to: https://form.jotformeu.com/61935061241348

Sound City pushing UK artists and industry to break into Asia
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Sound City is one of the UK’s leading music brands for developing artists and business in Asian territories, and today announces details of the 2018 edition of its Sound City Korea showcase initiative as well as opportunities for UK artists to play at events China and Japan.

For artists and industry interested in breaking into these territories, Sound City is also delighted to partner with Liverpool Vision and the Department of International Trade to deliver a high impact programme of discussions and how-to sessions focusing on opportunities in the Chinese, Korean, Indian and Japanese markets as part of this year’s International Business Festival.

Sound City works closely with its partner Modern Sky Entertainment - the largest independent record label in Asia, and China’s largest festival promoter – to provide the most effective conduit available between Asian and western markets for artists and music businesses.  

International Business Festival 2018: Discovering Real Business Opportunities In The Asian Markets

Taking place at the Exhibition Centre Liverpool on June 27, Sound City’s Discovering Real Business Opportunities In The Asian Music Markets programme at the International Business Festival will feature industry executives from high profile companies from each of the above territories. Attendees include Layli Odamura of Japan’s biggest concert promoters, CreativeMan; Ed Peto of Outdustry, which has helped companies including Beggars Group to set up in China; and Ivor Novello Award winning songwriter Diamond Duggal, who has 20 years of experience producing, writing and licensing music for major artists and labels internationally with a key focus on India.

They will be joined by UK companies that have done business and found success in the vibrant region.

For more information and a full line-up for the Discovering Real Business Opportunities In The Asian Markets programme, visit www.ibfmusicday.com

Register for the day here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/sound-city-discovering-real-business-opportunities-in-the-asian-markets-tickets-41945708744?aff=es2

Sound City Korea

Artists can now apply to showcase at two of South Korea’s most important industry events, MU:CON and Zandari Festival, as part of the Sound City Korea initiative.

Supported by Arts Council England, this is the fourth year that Sound City will take artists to MU:CON and Zandari, providing a gateway into the exciting Korean music market.

Taking place from October 5 – 7, Zandari Festival and its conference focuses on the live and independent sector, with 200 emerging artists performing in 22 venues to 3,000 industry delegates and 15,000 music festival attendees.  

MU:CON 2018 will take place in late September (dates TBC) and showcases 150 artists to an industry audience of 3,000 at its conference. It has a particular focus on publishing and sync licensing.

Over the first three years of Sound City Korea, 73 UK artists and industry professionals attended and showcased at Zandari Festa and MU:CON. Industry executives who have attended the showcases to date boast a combined audience reach of 3.2 million across markets including China, Korea, South Korea, Thailand, Mongolia, Russia, Germany, Spain, Serbia, Denmark.

Sound City Korea has also encouraged Korean labels, distributors and publishers to work with English acts.

Read a full report on the impact of Sound City Korea here. (LINK)

The Sound City Korea initiative invites artists plus a member of their team to apply and includes funding to attend the showcases. Artists should be based in England and include details of their current UK and international activity in their application as well as links to their music. 

Applications are open until 6pm on July 27, to apply go to: https://form.jotformeu.com/61935061241348

Sounds Of The Xity and Tokyo International Music Market

Sound City will also take one UK act to perform at both Sounds Of The Xity 2019 in Beijing and this year’s Tokyo International Music Market, which takes place from October 22 – 24.

Hosted by Sound City partner Modern Sky, Sounds of The Xity (SOTX) is the biggest music trade event in China and the only Chinese platform with a long-term commitment to the joint development of both Chinese and Western music industries.

Attracting top festival executives every year, the event covers not just music but technology, fashion, design, and documentary, and consists of both an expo (SOTX EXPO) and festival (SOTX FEST) element.

Meanwhile, Tokyo International Music Market (TIMM) is the largest music business event in Japan. Hosted by the Japanese label association PROMIC, it is a central meeting point for the Japanese music industry.

More information about the opportunity to play both of these events will be provided at the Discovering Real Business Opportunities In The Asian Music Markets element of the IBF on Wednesday, June 27.

About Sound City and Modern Sky

In 2016, Sound City announced a long term and strategic equity partner deal with Modern Sky Entertainment - the largest independent record label in Asia, and China’s largest festival promoter. The deal involves expanding Sound City in global markets as well as increasing the size and scope of its UK event. This investment partnership has so created over £1.2 million of investment as well as a new company, Modern Sky UK, which releases the music of artists including Slow Readers Club, The Blinders, Calva Louise, SPINN, No Hot Ashes and has introduced brands including Super Dry into China.

Showcase festival network INES launches first European video platform for music business education
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INES#conference panel “Music Journalism” at MENT Ljubljana, can be watched in full length at ines-festivals.eu/conference
Photo: Matija Brumen Berlin, 9 th May 2018
The Innovation Network of European Showcases, INES, starts an initiative to make knowledge imparted at music business conferences more sustainable and accessible by providing the filmed content all in one place online.
● INES#conference video platform launches the 9th of May on ines-festivals.eu/conference
● Platform will host over 120 recordings from conference sessions all over Europe to educate music professionals in Europe beyond the borders of showcase festivals conferences.
The music business is one of the hardest to start your career in, because quality music business schools and education programmes are rare to find. Most of the important hands-on knowledge transfer by music professionals is happening at music business conferences throughout Europe.
Those events are usually limited to a certain professional audience, since not everybody has the means to afford the conference ticket neither to travel to the events. And even if they could, the number of chairs in a conference room would always be limited.
In an age of digital uptake, this needs to be changed and democratised.
That is why the eight INES partner showcase festival conferences and project leader gigmit started INES#conference, as part of the Innovation Network of European Showcases (INES), which is co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPE programme of the European Union.
The idea is as simple as effective: filming conference sessions and providing them online on a easy to use video platform . Over the next two years, more than 120 videos from at least eight conferences will be added and sorted.
Established music professionals, as well as artists or starters in the music industry, will be able to use this rich source for free and benefit from the knowledge, insights and outcomes that are created at the panels,workshops and keynotes all over Europe.
“In today’s ever-changing digital music landscape, it’s more important than ever for professionals to stay informed about emerging trends . New platforms launch and fold, revenue streams dry up and new money fountains explode, international networks become more and more important. Anyone not paying attention is quickly left behind.,” says INES project coordinator Magdalena Zschunke.
“That’s why we started this initiative and hope to grow it into Europe’s central source of decentralised music business knowledge.”
The #conferences of MENT Ljubljana in Slovenia are already available online. More videos will join constantly over the next weeks and months.

INES #conference dates for 2018:
MENT Ljubljana 31.01.- 03.02.
Westway LAB 11.04. - 14.04.
Enea Spring Break 19.04. - 21.04.
Liverpool Sound City 04.05. - 06.05.
Live at Heart 02.09. - 08.09.
Waves Vienna 27.09. - 29.09.
Sonic Visions 16.11. - 17.11.
Monkey Week 22.11. - 24.11.
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'SOUND OF EUROPE' FULL PROGRAM ANNOUNCED

14:30-15:00 Presentation - UK Young Artists
15.15 - 16:00 Panel - Touring in Europe
16.15- 16:45 Panel - Opportunities to live & work in Europe
17:00 - 17:30 European festivals - in conversation with Supynes festival, Lithuania
17:30-19.15 Drinks Reception with performance from Seafoam Green

19:15- 19: 35 Jessica Ray (UK)

19:45 - 20:05 Science of the Lamps (Norway/ UK)

20:15 - 20:45 Papaver Cousins (Hungary)

21:00 - 21:30 Garbanotas Bosistas (Lithuania)

21:30 - CLOSE DJS

INES At Liverpool Sound City

This year, Liverpool Sound City welcome a host of European Artists, Industry Speakers and Delegates to the festival as part of the Innovation Network for European Showcases (INES)

INES is a cooperation project initiated by eight international showcase festivals below and gigmit - the European digital platform for artist booking co-funded by the CREATIVE EUROPE program of the European Union.

27 European Artists selected from INES#talent talent-pool will play across the Sound City weekend

Sound City + will play host to 10 INES focused panels including :

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British Music Experience Main Stage

09:45-10:15  PASSPORTS OPEN & BOARDING CARDS READY: A GUIDE TO SECURING A SLOT ON THE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL CIRCUIT

10:20-10:50 CAN I SPEAK TO THE MANAGER PLEASE? in association with Leeds College of Music

11:30-12:00  DIY - IT’S NOT ALL ABOUT THE MUSIC! In association with BA (Hons) Music Production at Edge Hill University

13:00-13:30  IT’S A MATCH! In association with Liverpool Business School at LJMU 

15:20 - 15:50 LET’S GET THIS SHOW ON THE ROAD in association with Sort Touring

Discovery Room

11:25 - 12:10 DISTRIBUTING MUSIC IN THE EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL MARKETS

12:20 -13:05 BRIGHTER SOUND AND KEYCHANGE PRESENT: THE IMPOSTERS SESSION

15:10 - 15:55   THE ART OF MAKING RECORDS hosted by Funnel Music and the Music Producers Guild.

16:05 - 16:50  THE AGE OF STREAMING AND WHERE IS THE MONEY? Hosted by Exit Live

Cunard House

13:00 - 16:30  MEET THE INDUSTRY SESSIONS 

THANK YOU
Sound of Europe

The European Commission and Lithuanian Embassy are delighted to work in partnership with Sound City to deliver ‘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, ‘Sound of Europe’ 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: angie@soundcity.uk.com 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.

Web: https://ec.europa.eu/unitedkingdom/home_en
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11 BIMM ARTISTS AT LIVERPOOL SOUND CITY 2018
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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 SHOWCASE at DISTRICT
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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.

http://www.geowulf.co/

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.

https://www.facebook.com/pg/thisiscarmody/about/?ref=page_internal

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.

https://www.kawalaofficial.com/

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.

http://nightflightofficial.com/

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.

https://www.brookebentham.co.uk/

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

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Leeds College of Music showcase at Sound City
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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. https://www.facebook.com/VENUSGRRRLS/

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. https://www.facebook.com/longleggedcreatures/

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. https://www.thomasharveymusic.co.uk/

16:45 - LUNABLIND

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! https://www.facebook.com/LunaBlindOfficial/  

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. https://www.facebook.com/nalamusics/

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

KYCKER COMES TO SOUND CITY!

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

http://bit.ly/StreamHandsOffGretel

Rival Bones - Hard Rock duo, Liverpool

http://bit.ly/StreamRivalBones

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

http://bit.ly/StreamISTSOF

LUPA - Female Fronted Electro Rock, Sheffield

http://bit.ly/StreamLUPA

Lucie Barat - Synth Pop & Poetry, Brighton

http://bit.ly/StreamLucieBarat

Hot Soles - Sugarbeat Rock ‘n’ Roll, Sheffield

http://bit.ly/StreamHotSoles

Alice’s Night Circus - Circus Pop experience, Lincoln

http://bit.ly/StreamAlice

Darma - Fuzz Grunge trio, Sheffield

http://bit.ly/StreamDarma

“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.”

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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 

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