Eve-Marie Connolly

Sound City 2019: The Headliners explained

This year’s Sound City looks like the best one yet.

With an amazing variety of different artists, events, food and venues, Liverpool is once again on the national stage as a city of culture and vast musicality. However, for many, the headliners this weekend are what have caught their eye. Both Mabel and Loyle Carner represent the youth of music today and both have achieved unbelievable things in their musical careers which have led them to this moment. With the upbeat ballads of Mabel tied together with the eloquent hip hop of Mr Carner, this weekend represents a variety of musical styles that can be embraced by all.

According to Kian Goodsell, Saturday at SoundCity is going to be another level:

“The Saturday headline act for Sound City 2019 is none other than the sensational Mabel. With a hefty amount of Top 10 hits under her belt the show is bound to go out with a bang. The singer’s breakthrough single came in 2017 with the Top 10 UK hit Finders Keepers featuring Kojo Funds. Since then, she has maintained her high streak of bangers with tunes such as My Lover and Ring Ring, working with big names Not3s and Jax Jones respectively.

She’s also sold a whopping three million singles in the UK alone, (two Platinum, three Gold and two Silver), exceeded 3 billion streams and sold out venue after venue…what more could you possibly want?!

From her first appearance on the music scene in 2015 with her debut single Know Me Better, it seems that in such a short space of time, Mabel has established an influential name for herself. Opening for Harry Styles in the European leg of his tour, but also gaining strong critic attention, having been nominated for 2 Brit Awards, including British Breakthrough Act in January 2019, as well as 2 MOBO nominations for Best Newcomer and Best Female Act in 2017, all before the release of her debut album.

Her mixtape Ivy to Roses incorporates a fusion of soothing melodies with messages of love and empowerment, that amplifies the incredible range of her vocal abilities, reminiscent with 90’s/00’s R&B, such as Destiny’s Child and TLC. With the likes of Jax Jones, Stefflon Don and RAYE featuring, the mixtape delivers hit after hit that can get everyone up on their feet, singing along with enthusiasm in an instant, and what better way to experience it than live at Sound City? And yet, there’s still more! Her highly anticipated album High Expectations is set to be released on the 12th July and will most probably hijack that no.1 spot.

Therefore, why not and come and experience the unstoppable force in the flesh and hype yourself up for one of the top albums of the year this weekend?”

You can listen to Mabel here

And then there is Sunday, writes Eve-Marie:

Loyle Carner’s music has always been something I can connect with. You could listen to him on the bus, in the bath, crying over an ex, making out with an ex…you name it.

It is true to say that he has succeeded in creating a new brand of hip hop, leading to the NME to brand his sound as “sensitive and eloquent.”

Loyle’s music career started with a bang even in his younger years, playing his first official gig at The Button Factory in Dublin in October 2012, supporting the one and only MF Doom! He has subsequently supported Joey Badass, collaborated with Kate Tempest and even supported Nas back in August 2016. His most well-known songs are his subsequent collaborations with Tom Misch, the two of them creating something so raw and emotive yet chill and laid back: tunes for every emotion.

In 2018, he won the Best British Solo Artist in the NME Awards and that is testament to the impact his two albums have had on a lot of people. His debut album Yesterday’s Gone which was released in July 2017, was nominated for the Mercury Prize in the same year and features music from his stepfather, who died in February 2014. His new album Not Waving, but Drowning, was just released on the 19th April this year and has already gained amazing traction.

Carner is also a Liverpool FC supporter, so will be right at home this weekend at Sound City. So, get yourself down to the Baltic Triangle for a chill Sunday bop!”

You can listen to Loyle Carner here

Tickets for Sound City as well as the rest of the line-up and extra news is available here. But hurry up, those tickets are selling out fast!

See you this weekend 🙂

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