Festival Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2018

Liverpool Sound City 2018

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Words: Orla Joyce

Now on its 11th year running, Liverpool Sound City is less than 2 weeks away and we couldn’t be more thrilled with anticipation as this year promises to be better than ever. Yet again, the festival has moved and is to be hosted in the recently developed, once industrial, but now bubbling hive of creativity, known as the Baltic Triangle. This is the perfect home for such an eclectic mix of contemporary music, as Threshold Festival have been proving now for some time. A uniquely placed part of Liverpool to pull in the crowds so it’s no wonder the mighty Sound City bring their featival to play out here too in 2018.

Drawing those crowds in this year are headliners Peace and DMA’S alongside Baxter Dury, Idles, and an exclusive late-night avant-garde performance from the colourful Superorganism. Sound City brings together a wide range of global performers, emerging musicians and industry representatives to explore a diverse mix of music through performance, discussion and workshops. Various industry organisations will be hosting their own stages and promoting their new talent. With over 250 artists spread across the weekend, there will always be familiar favourites and new faces to discover. There is so much talent on offer, so we’ve picked out some of our favourites- check them out below.

The full festival line up can be found here.

Our Picks:


Marsicans – Camp & Furnace 

Marsicans have had their hands full over the past 12 months with their single, Friends, making it onto the Radio One playlist, their EP reaching one million plays on Spotify and signing to LAB Records and X-ray Touring. Never stopping, the indie 4 piece are always on the road having played the Popped Music stage last year for Threshold Festival this time they’re paying a visit to Sound City as our curated pick – to delight a crowd with their upbeat melodies and catchy tunes. Marsicans are destined for great things and are not one to miss – trust us!!

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Listen to Wake Up Freya here:

Catholic Action – District 

Returning to Sound City, Catholic Action grab a, much earlier, opening set at District and will be starting our Saturday off in high spirits. With bouncy tunes sure to get you up and dancing, the 4 piece play with confidence, always making for a great show. Keeping up the wonderful reputation of Glasgow’s music scene, Catholic Action have made an impression on Radio One, performing at this year’s SXSW and have shared the stage with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Teenage Fanclub. They truly are the right way to start Sound City.

Find Catholic Action on Facebook.

Listen to Black & White here:

No Hot Ashes – District 

Who could resist the funky guitar riffs and raw vocals of Stockport’s finest, No Hot Ashes? Not us! Having a busy couple of months, the band have signed to Modern Sky and sold out Manchester Academy 2 for their hometown gig on the current tour. Championed by Inspiral Carpet, Clint Boon, their post-pop, disco funk sound has brought them a large, loyal following, making their gigs one of a kind and memorable. Their catchy rhythms are instant hits and will have you up and dancing in no time at all- how else would you want to spend your Saturday afternoon?

Find No Hot Ashes on Facebook.

Listen to Skint Kid’s Disco here:


The RPMS – District 

How could we not mention The, simply wonderful, RPMs? Having made a great impression on Radio One with single, Your Ghost, getting its fair share of airplay and being part of SXSW in March, the 5 piece have proven time after time that they can produce a quality tune you can get your feet tapping to! With indie melodies reminiscent of The Bluetones blended with poppy overtones, The RPMs always put on a great show. These boys truly do have a bright future ahead and are the ones to see this year.

Find The RPMs on Facebook.

Listen to Your Ghost here:

Peaness – Baltic Market 

Looking for harmonious indie-pop? Look no further than Peaness. The trio, hailing from Chester, have delighted audiences up and down the country with their melodic indie charm that keeps you smiling and always coming back for more. Earning many a play on Radio One and getting praise from We Are Scientists’, Keith Murray, Peaness are gaining a steady following and are sure to do great things in the near future. Their beautiful harmonies and rhythms are perfect for a sunny Sunday afternoon- don’t miss out!

Find Peaness on Facebook.

Listen to Same Place here:

Cassia – Hangar34 

Cassia are exactly the kind of band you want to listen to when the suns out as their upbeat melodies are infectious and guaranteed to get your feet tapping. Cassia have created their own style of calypso-flavoured afro-rock that has earned them their place at festivals such as Y Not, Dot to Dot and Reading and Leeds. The 3 piece are competent and confident musicians who have left a promising mark on the music scene. We’ll be there, make sure you are too.

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Listen to Sink here:

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