Hidden Music Histories

As one of the world’s most famous cultural hotspots and a UNESCO world music city, we feel it is vital to celebrate the rich heritage of Liverpool and educate the next generation of aspiring creatives on the defining musical moments that have allowed the city to thrive. With Sound City’s new 14-week ‘Hidden Music Histories’ programme, attendees will be guided through the city’s key cultural histories via exclusive tours around famous local venues and recording studios and insightful discussions with our expert guest tutors.

From the cultural impact Merseyside musicians have had on the world from to the importance of queer pioneers and rave culture, we will leave no stone unturned in the city’s cultural timeline. We will explore how the Shebeens helped support Black and Mixed families, learn the city’s hidden queer histories and the involvement of the Fab Four, look into some of the key artists who have shaped Liverpool’s modern music scene and together, formulate an idea of how you can help shape the cultural trajectory of Merseyside and all play a key part in the region's creative future.

Open to ages 16-24. Apply now here.


Week 1

14 January - Overview of Liverpool music heritage - British Music Experience

Guest speaker: Kev McManus, Head of UNESCO City of Music Liverpool

Week 2

21 January - Contemporary Black music and spaces - Elevator Studios

Guest speaker: Kofi Owusu – Musician, producer, filmmaker, mentor

Week 3

28 January - Exploring and researching music history and heritage - Museum of Liverpool

Guest Speaker: Karen O’Rourke, Curator of Sport, Music and performance, National Museums Liverpool

Week 4

4 February - Electronic/ Dance and spaces - 24 Kitchen Street

Guest Speaker: Saad Shaffi, Venue owner and director

Week 5

11 February - Spaces and musical history - Walking tour

Guest Speaker: Peter Hooton, Musician, writer and broadcaster, music specialist, Chair of Beatles Legacy Group

Week 6

18 February - LGBTQ+ Beatles - Epstein Theatre

Guest Speaker: Dr Mike Jones, Reader in Music Industry, Institute of Popular Music, and Beatles Legacy Group

Week 7

25 February - Black music – overview - BME

Guest Speaker: Yaw Owusu – LIMF Music Director and Black music specialist

Week 8

4 March - Spaces – rehearsal rooms, studios, venues, record shop, music instrument shops circa 1978

Walking tour – Mathew Street area - Andy McCluskey - OMD

Week 9

11 March - Exploring and researching music history and heritage - SAE

Guest Speaker: Dr Marion Leonard, Senior lecturer in Music, Institute of Popular Music

The End Fanzine exhibition and Zine making workshop with COMIC YOUTH

Week 10

18 March - Electronic/Dance – The State, Quadrant park, Cream Bootle area, Lock & Quay and site visit

Guest Speaker: Mike Knowler, DJ entrepreneur

Week 11

25 March - LGBTQ+ Beatles - City centre walking tour

Guest Speaker: Dr Holly Tessler, Senior Lecturer, Music Industries (head of MA Beatles, Music Industry and Heritage programme), Institute of Popular Music, and Beatles Legacy Group

Week 12

1 April - Black music - historic - Toxteth walking tour

Guest Speaker: Curtis Watt, Performer, poet, author, musician

Week 13

8 April - LGBTQ+ and dance - 24 Kitchen Street

Guest Speaker: Shaun Duggan, Sonic Yootha

Week 14

15 April - Spaces -venues, studios - Future Yard

Guest Speaker: Cath Hurley, Director Music skills and development, manager, mentor

Hidden Music Histories