Eve-Marie Connolly

Music Team Exclusive: Who are we looking out for at Sound City 2019?

Whenever we see the line-up for Sound City, we’re hyped but also secretly overwhelmed. Therefore, on behalf of you festival goers, Ellipsis Music Team is ready to give the inside scoop of this weekend and who they are excited to see!

Chloe Lewis: Editor

I just know that the highlight of my Sound City weekend this year will be the return to Liverpool of my favourite boys in all the world- The Magic Gang! Hailing from Brighton, Jack, Kris Paeris and Gus will be bringing their unique brand of sunshiney indie jangle pop to Hangar34 on Sunday, no doubt making me the happiest lady in all of Liverpool. After signing to The Maccabees’ label Yala! Records and releasing their self-titled debut album last year, The Magic Gang are one of indie’s worst-kept secrets, and their blend of dreamy Beatles-esque harmonies and catchy riffs are sure to put a big smile on the face of any festival-goer this weekend!!

Saturday sees the return of absolute dreamboats Blaenavon to Hangar34, armed with brand-new tunes from upcoming second album Everything That Makes You Happy. If you fancy an angsty, chilled out one this Saturday afternoon, Ben, Harris and Frank are your dudes, combining the well-loved genre of indie rock with poetic lyricism that’s sure to break any hearts. Blaenavon’s set is sure to be full of surprises, combining old tunes and new, so they’re definitely ones to watch this weekend!!

Ali Lowery: Design and Social Media 

With Sound City happening this weekend there is always a performance that you look forward to the most. This years line up is crammed with great bands and artists so it was especially difficult to choose just one to mention here. But, it was made easier with the anticipation to see Liverpool’s own scouse sextet Red Rum Club. Dubbed the scouse AmericanaRed Rum Club expertly fuse vibrant Spanish energy into their alternative indie rock. Occupying a space they’ve made truly their own, their performance on Saturday the 4th of May in the Baltic Triangle will pack a punch and put you in a Tarantino-esque trance.
Releasing their debut album Matador earlier this year, the sextet have already marked themselves as ones to watch. I have yet to see them perform live but from social media I am anticipating an lively, infectious energy and they are sure to exceed expectations.

With so many acts to choose from for ones to watch this weekend I will definitely head down to watch Hello Cosmos perform on Sunday the 5th of May. With support from BBC 6 Music, Radio X, Louder than War and many more, Hello Cosmos have landed into the music scene in style. Their sound being formed by post-punk, indie-disco and alternative rock – they are as unique as the stars in the galaxy.
Following the release of their latest EP Keep on Rising this year, Hello Cosmos will certainly provide an eager crowd with dreamy but volatile lyrics and beats. They are on the rise and don’t seem to be showing signs of slowing down – certainly make time for these guys if possible, one of the smaller bands that will impress just as much as the big names will.

Eve-Marie: Deputy Music Editor 

For me, Sound City represents a celebration of music, culture and food. The most exciting part of Sound City 2018 was interviewing Johnny Quinn from Spinn and I am so excited to see them yet again, especially since they have recently released their debut album titled Spinn, today! The band, members Johnny, Andy, Shaun and Louis, are enjoying an amazing year of touring across the world, feeling the fame of international fandom. Known for their “jangly dream pop,” I am excited to see their new songs live for possibly the first time in their home town. Come on #ApproachableLads, show us a good time!

As well as celebrating Liverpool’s up and coming artists, I am excited to watch No Hot Ashes, who come from my original home town of Stockport! With absolute bangers from the band since 2014 with Goose, leading all the way up to the EP Skint Kids Disco in 2018, these boys and their angsty sound and channelling of Public Image Limited, Cabbage and even an appreciation of The Sex Pistols is what is needed out of my Sound City experience.

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