Cecily Sheppard

PREVIEW: Everything you need to check out at Sound City 2017

Image Credit : Circa Waves by Andy Hughes for Sound City 2016

This weekend (25th-28th May) sees the return of Sound City to Liverpool Waterfront and, naturally, the Ellipsis Music Team are heading down to Clarence Dock for a weekend of musical goodness.

With this year marking the festival’s 10th Anniversary, Sound City 2017 is set to be bigger and better than ever. So what can you look forward to?

Friday sees John Cale present the only UK performance of the Velvet Underground & Nico, featuring guests Clinic, Fat White Family, Gruff Rhys, Nadine Shah, The Kills, and Wild Beasts. The following day, Cale will return to the festival to talk about the birth of the Velvet Underground and his eventful career.

Thursday will welcome The Human League to the Sound City stage. Joined by electronic pioneers including Art of Noise featuring Dudley/Jeczalik/Lanagan and A Certain Ratio, the synth-pop legends are set to open this year’s festival with a bang.

2017’s Sound City+ event has been taken up a level. The sister event to the main festival, Sound City+ began life as a music industry conference, but this year it will welcome everyone from students to those that are just a little bit curious. The event, taking place on Friday 26th May, will feature a whole host of panels, workshops and talks including words of wisdom from Ramones manager Danny Fields and PiL bassist Jah Wobble. Oh, and it’s a great networking opportunity!

Image Credit : Circa Waves by Andy Hughes for Sound City 2016

This year’s live bill is HUGE, with more than 200 live bands taking to the various stages across the weekend. We’ve got the big guns : Metronomy, The Kooks, Peaches, The Kills, and Local Natives. But we’ve also got the new and noteworthy – last year Sound City was crowned best festival for emerging talent, and it’s not afraid to show it. You’d be daft to miss sets from the likes of Be Charlotte, The Amazons, and The Japanese House – let’s be honest, anyone and everyone is going to be a performance to catch!

The Tim Peaks Diner will once again be on hand to deliver a great cup of coffee and an eclectic range of tantalising music. Artists appearing here include Rhythm Method, Tom Mouse Smith and Nev Cottee. There’ll also be the ‘You Spin Me Right Round’ panel in the TPD, exploring topics ranging from gender bias/norms in music to queer culture, and everything in between. Get there.

This year, Sound City is the big 1 0 and so it’s only fitting to include late night parties galore in this year’s festival experience! To celebrate SC’s birthday, the Invisible Wind Factory and North Shore Troubadour will be hosting the likes of Formation, YOTA, Slang, and Aristophanes till late, letting you dance your way into the morning in venues just a two minute walk from the main festival site.

Sunday night will also see a procession being led through the festival, culminating at the Cavern Stage. But this isn’t any procession, there’ll be flames from the Fire Project and Katumba will be feeding your ears with ‘the loudest drumming known to man!’

Need a rest after all that? The Martini Lounge will apparently enable you to witness burlesque ‘as you have never seen it before,’ featuring Millie Dollar and ‘The Diet Coke Man’, Edd Muir.

Something tickled your fancy here? Have no fear : remaining tickets are still on sale at liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk.

Sound City 2017, we’re ready for you!

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