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International indie-rock favourites @thetempertrap confirmed for Liverpool Sound City festival

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International indie-rock favourites, The Temper Trap, have been confirmed for 2012’s Liverpool Sound City festival.

The three-day festival takes place on Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2012 and wristbands cost £30 per person. This admits you to every gig, across all three days. This represents amazing value for money considering the artists on the billing and the likely cost of a ticket to see those alone. A full festival pass costs £120, which gives you access to the gigs, panels, masterclasses, seminars and workshops.

To purchase tickets or to find out more about the festival, please visit

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March 22, 2012 at 12:24 pm

Liverpool Sound City 2012 returns, with headlining performance by BBC Sound of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka

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Liverpool Sound City returns for three days and nights from Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May, 2012 and will be held across multiple venues in Liverpool’s cultural quarter.

The annual event has helped to launch the careers of the likes of Delphic, Black Lips, Crystal Castles, Everything Everything and Metronomy and includes an unsigned festival, featuring performances from more than 400 new artists and bands from all over the world. The festival also gives smaller, independent labels the opportunity to showcase some of their biggest names and rising stars.

Confirmed acts to date include: Professor Green, White Denim, Death In Vegas, Michael Kiwanuka, Mystery Jets, Alkaline Trio, Slow Club, Ghostpoet, ∆ (ALT-J), Niki & The Dove, Willy Mason, The Jezabels, TOY, Forest Swords, Charlie XCX, Yukon Blonde, The History of Apple Pie, Bear In Heaven, Folks, The Computers, Still Flyin’, Bleached, Jonquil, Shields, Towns and PINS.

This year, the city’s Echo Arena plays host to two new festival additions: the Sound City Expo and the UK Music Student Awards. The Expo features a mixture of live demos, master classes and discussions with performers and speakers and is an event for consumers and music/digital professionals alike.  The Awards, which are in collaboration with Access To Music and will be held on Thursday 17th, is a celebration of new talent within music education and is now in its eighth successive year. Launched by George Martin, the Awards will this year be hosted by BBC Radio 1’s Edith Bowman. For more information please visit:

Festival wristbands are priced at £25, which allows entry to all Liverpool Sound City branded gigs on a first come, first served basis, subject to the venue’s capacity.

For more information on the festival and to buy tickets please visit:

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Spotlight on exciting acts performing at Liverpool Music Week

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The UK’s biggest indoor winter music festival kicks off on 29th October, running through November; welcome to Liverpool Music Week.

The Scouse showcase spectacular began in 2003 and has steadily grown in reputation and stature, to become a nationally recognised event and highlight of the live music calendar. Similar to Liverpool Sound City, Liverpool Music Week features headline and big name acts, whilst also giving a performance platform for emerging talent; indeed, a number of such acts have subsequently gone on to great things after showcasing their wares at this event.

The format is a combination of free and ticketed shows at various venues across the city, including: the Stanley Theatre, O2 Academy, Mountford Hall and The Kazimier.

Headline acts this year include: iconic electronic outfit Leftfield (25th November, Mountford Hall), electronic-dance rising stars Chase & Status (13th November, O2 Academy) and highly acclaimed indie pop-rock stalwarts Efterklang (7th November, O2 Academy). Tickets are available for these shows at the following link:

10 free shows have also just been announced including: Sleigh Bells, Field Music, Egyptian Hip Hop, O Children, Chapel Club, and Los Campesinos! all taking place at MOJO between 29th October – 15th November. Also at MOJO is what will be one of the most anticipated of these free shows; Miles Kane will make his Liverpool solo debut, since his international success with The Last Shadow Puppets. More details on these can be found at:

The act I am most excited about however, visits Liverpool fresh from his much deserved Mercury Prize nomination; that act being Villagers. Conor J. O’Brien plays The Kazimier on the 11th December and I am sure that it will be a performance which people talk about long afterwards. With his hushed tones and evocative lyrical imagery, I am certain that you’ll be able to hear a pin drop as he performs tracks from his debut album ‘Becoming a Jackal.’ I will definitely be there, poised and preened ready to hear and catch said pin, before taking it home to savour the memory of being present at one of this amazing artist’s very first shows.

The North West and Liverpool particularly, is brilliant at supporting and showcasing fresh talent from the area and beyond; I think this is so important in the current climate of acts getting signed off the back of one catchy track, then getting ditched when they fail to set the radio waves alight. How is this ever going to be achieved without the support and commitment necessary from their label, their pr office, even their fans? I have recently seen several dedicated and highly talented singer-songwriters be overlooked in favour of the next big thing; should they not deliver the dividends within the allocated timeframe. We need a better and more dedicated live music scene across the UK, to provide a platform for these artists to gain a following, experiment with their sound and be given these kinds of opportunities to perform that are so often reserved for those “in the right place, at the right time.” Rant over!

So if you’re around the beautifully cultured and cosmopolitan Liverpool area in October/November, please pop by and show your support not just for the acts but also for the organisers, the tour managers, the event staff and so it goes on. I guarantee that you’ll have a great time.

Liverpool Sound City 2010 review

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I headed down to the docks on Friday night (in a non ‘lady of the night’ fashion) to review some bands at Leaf Cafe, Liverpool ( They were performing as part of the Liverpool Sound City festival, which saw over 400 signed and unsigned acts from all over the world descend on the city to perform in selected hotspots.

I managed to catch Billie Van and her Ranchhands, He and She and finally, Hey Tourists.

The first band ( are from Copenhagen and fuse country with blues and rock, I really liked the sound of the lead singer on their tracks, very mesmerizing and left you wanting more. The second band ( are from Liverpool and are an unsigned five-piece. These were my favourites of the night; their tracks were a blend of indie and folk and again, the lead singer was very impressive. Her lofty toned vocals complemented those dulcet ones of the lead guitarist perfectly. Looking forward to seeing more from these guys. The final band (  are also from Liverpool and are a recently formed five-piece, having previously performed as a duo. Their sound was indie-rock with a slight soft punk edge, highlighted by their rousing and rhythmic bouncy tracks.

Full review here:

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May 25, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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