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26th September 2017

Liverpool's Sound City returns to the city centre

Dates for 2018 and the brand new ‘Satellite’ initiative announced

Sound City's metropolitan festival of live music and arts will taks place on the 5th and 6th May 2018 to kick-start the UK season in style. 

The festival has earned a reputation for its inventive use of a wide variety of spaces over the use - from cavernous warehouses through to setting up a stage on the banks of the Mersey, and this is set to continue in the spring. 

In 2018, Sound City will return to the city centre and back to its original roots. The festival will take over a pioneering location offering a much more intimate experience, with the chance to discover 100s of new artists and experience headline acts across myriad spaces. The new venue will be revealed in the coming weeks.

2018’s programming will be partly curated by special guests including Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes, Kendal Calling, Bluedot, Greg Wilson, Domino, Moshi Moshi and many more. 

Artist applications for Sound City 2018 will be open soon for anyone wishing to perform in May 2018, with more info from the festival to follow next week.

“We delivered three hugely ambitious and successful years of Sound City on the north docklands of the city. Sound City was the first to shine a beacon on this neglected area of the city and, by doing so, we’ve even encouraged Everton FC to relocate to our former festival site.
We now feel it is time for us to come back to the city centre and embark on the next stage of our journey. 2018 will all be about re-establishing new links and a new feel. This will also lead us into the hugely ambitious plans that we have for 2019, which will be revealed over the coming months.”
Sound City COO Becky Ayres

With almost, 7,000 bands having applied to play at Sound City 2017, next year will see a panel of acclaimed regional, national and international curators bolster the selection process. 

New for 2018, Sound City Satellite will take the globally acclaimed Sound City model to key towns between Manchester and Liverpool as well as along the M62 corridor in the North of England.
  
The Sound City team will work with key stakeholders in each location such as promoters, record labels and artists to design and deliver a targeted business conference and live music programme. They state their core aim is to shine a national and international spotlight on these towns, demonstrating their business, creative and cultural credentials to a national and international audience.

“If there’s one thing that Brexit taught us, it’s that there is a sense of social disenfranchisement between the significant suburbs that lie between the cities of Liverpool and Manchester, and along the M62 corridor. This should not be the case when you consider that this great region has been responsible for some of the most important pieces of pop culture over the past 50 years. Going back further, the region has been responsible for some of the greatest innovations of the 20th century.  
Sound City Satellite is a hugely ambitious project. It strikes right at the heart of what we originally set out to do: to champion emerging business and artistic talent from our region and give them the belief that they do not need to move away in order to fulfil their potential and run successful businesses. The aim will be to foster a spirit of inclusion. That we are all in this together. It is not meant as a snub to London, but it is meant to help people view the bigger picture as well as encourage artists and businesses to stay in the North and build a real business economy outside of the capital.”
Sound City CEO David Pichilingi

Sound City Satellite will take place during April and May 2018. Key town locations will be announced in January 2018. 

The Sound City + business conference will be a pre-cursor to the Liverpool Sound City festival and will take place on Friday 4th May. 

Limited edition Early Bird tickets for Sound City main festival and Sound City + go on sale Friday 29th September 2018 at 9am. 

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