Festival Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2016

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This year’s Liverpool Sound City is keeping with it’s big move of 2015 and is staying a little less City, a little more Docks. Last year may well have had some teeny tiny teething problems, which I have on very good authority have been ironed out for this year, but overall it was deemed a big enough success to warrant a return to the Liverpool Water’s Bramley-Moore Dock for 2016s massive festival line up.

This year Liverpool Sound City are bringing it home a little more too with more NW bands and promoters than last year with a desire to really showcase what’s going on in the Merseyside area and with huge bands Circa Waves and The Coral both being on the main stage on Sunday it’s a definite shout out to the bands who are climbing that all elusive music industry ladder as to where you can get to.

In this preview we’ll give you just a few of our top picks from each day at the festival along with a look at Liverpool Sound City +, the new name for the festival’s one day conference. That’s not all – we also have a bumper playlist to really get your teeth into and prepare you for the amazing weekend of music coming your way. Once you listen to the playlist you’ll know how hard it was to just pick a few bands for each day!



KYKO – Atlantic Stage – 4pm

We live in the UK, not only that but Sound City is in the NW, there’s a good chance then that even in May that the weather could be somewhat overcast or worst – it could rain. We’re all used to this but if you’re looking for something to bring a bit of a tropical twang to your Sound City adventure, come rain or shine, then we whole-heartedly recommend you pick up on the sounds of KYKO who’s bringing it to the main stage no less.

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Listen to Native here:
Xam Volo- The  North Stage – 4.30pm

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Xam Volo is the only act on this picks list who I have seen live already but as it was only 2 songs over a year ago I feel he still fit my (self constructed) criteria and I’ll freely admit that he left a lasting impression in just those two songs that it would be entirely remiss of me to not suggest you join me, kind of, in watching his set at this year’s Sound City Festival! He is full of soul and as cool as they come – bring your sunnies, he’s gonna shine bright.

Listen to Runner’s High here:


Violet Skies – The Cavern Stage  – 8.20pm

Welsh purveyor of all things edgy Violet Skies has had a busy start to 2016 not least with her three, yes three, showcase gigs at SXSW back in March. She’s recently been out in Canada where she no doubt claimed her crown at Canadian Music Week in Toronto before she heads to Berlin to delight there before flying back to the UK just in time to hit up Liverpool Sound City. Phew!

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Listen to Jealousy here:



The Night Café – Baltic Stage – 1.15pm

While I’m still very much in love with the first track that I discovered by The Night Café (Addicted), their latest offering, Time, has had an equally immediate impact upon me. This is one of only two Liverpool acts to make our ones to watch list  – mainly because they’re one of the only bands we haven’t managed to actually see live yet!  – Ohhhh the pressure is now on! We’re game if they are – even if it is early doors!

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Listen to Time here:


Anteros – The Tall Ship- 5pm

I’ve ever seen this band live – and that’s what festivals like Sound City are all about for us at Popped. It’s not about who is headlining, as much of a pull as that might be for the general music connoisseur, nope it’s about hearing a great song, checking out how they’re getting on at their gigs and knowing that you need to get there and see them – oh and encourage other people to as well! So that’s what we’re doing. And this song makes us hungry…

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Listen to Breakfast here:


White – The Cavern Stage – 22.30

Sailing on down, not literally, from Glasgow to play this year’s Sound City is White. Edgy synth-pop and a band that we have, on our Gary Feeney’s, good authority are fabulous live. It will be the first time I see them play properly having missed them at Leeds last year – having witnessed them grow in terms of direction and style over the past year or so I’m certainly going to be sure to find time to get along and check these guys out!

Find White on Facebook.

Listen to Fight The Feeling here:


Listen to our Sound City Playlist here:


Sound City +

Conference Facebook

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This year sees a slight change to Liverpool Sound City in that their conference is now one day long and has had a change of name – Sound City + it is then! The conference might be only across one day but they’ve been sure to pack a hell of a lot into it. There will be little time to find yourself at a loss to do if you’re attending.
With TED -style talks (don’t ask me! I looked it up and still feel non the wiser to be honest), there’s opportunities to sit down and chat one on one with an array of people who know what they’re on about plus Sound City+ will play home to the awesome label market – you’ll find the likes of Bella Union, Alcopop, Deltasonic, Domino, 4AD and more!

If it’s music you want to listen to, rather than talk about or hear about then don’t fret of course they have that covered to, with real new emerging talents – check this little lot out!

Acoustic sessions on the Rum Warehouse mezzanine (Titanic Hotel)

Charlie Airey • 10:30 – 10:50
Tom Vail • 11:00 – 11:20
Adam Sullivan and The Trees • 11:30 – 11:50
Katie Mac • 12:00 – 12:20
Daniel Docherty • 12:30 – 12:50
Jon Byrne • 13:00 – 13:20
ShellSuit • 13:30 – 14:00
The Jackobins • 14:15 – 14:45
Richard Batty • 15:00 – 15:20
Idle Frets • 15:30 – 15:50
Men Diamler • 16:00 – 16:20
Cal Ruddy • 16:30 – 16:50
The Roscoes • 17:00 – 17:20


Conference showcases in ‘Room 401’ in the Titanic Hotel

Sveinn Guðmundsson • 11:45 – 12:15
The Hushtones • 12:30  – 13:00
Koala Voice • 13:15 – 13:45
Lightcraft • 14:05 – 14:35
Howling Owl • 14:45 – 15:15
The Clameens • 15:30 – 16:00
Polaroid People • 16:30 – 16:50
Quick • 17:00 – 17:20
Bella and the Bear • 17:35  – 17:55
Suspire • 18:10 – 18:30

And if you don’t have your music industry full by 6.30pm then delegate pass holders get to head off over to Constellations in the Baltic Triangle for a delegates party – which, you guessed it, has more live music! Including our pals Clean Cut Kid – definitely a band not to be missed live, in our very humble opinion.

Watch the video for Pick Me Up by Clean Cut Kid here:


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