Sound City #1

FIVE times award nominated festival, Sound City will once more grace Liverpool for a whopping 3-day event full of music, arts and buckets full of culture.

Now in its eighth year, the festival is set to prove a point, taking over the heritage site of Bramley-Moore Dock from Friday 22nd till Sunday 24th May.

Previous years have propelled the likes of Jake Bugg, Drenge and Catfish and The Bottlemen to international stardom, also seeing the likes of Bastille, Kodaline and The Temper Trap take previous headline slots.

However, this year promises to be equally as hot, with the likes of The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips and Belle and Sebastian announced as headliners. This isn't all, as amongst the music they offer a number of world-class conferences consisting of speakers such as; Edwyn Collins, Julian Cope and Flaming Lips front-man, Wayne Coyne.

With well over one-hundred acts taking to the edge of the Mersey, The Music Manual's editor, Lauren Jones gives you the first instalment who you should catch at this years most-talked about event.

The Serpent Power // Atlantic Stage // Saturday 23rd

Consisting of Coral drummer, Ian Skelly and Zutons guitarist Paul Molloy, this psychedelic offering is sure to melt a few brains at The Atlantic Stage on Saturday. With their debut, self-titled album due for official release on 4th May, be prepared to get reciting tracks such as; Lucifer's Dreambox, Vampire For Your Love and Dr. Lovecraft's Asylum, three gargantuan tunes for 2015.


Sankofa // Atlantic Stage // Sunday 24th

Local quartet, Sankofa really came into their own in 2014, bringing 70s folklore to the forefront of the underground scene, taking the Atlantic Stage on the last day of the festival. Recently having dropped latest single on Eighties Vinyl Records, we're shown an undisputed prog-rock sound in both tracks; Slow Killer City and Vanishing Point.


Slaves // The Baltic Stage // Friday 22nd

Kentish duo, Slaves are full of modern-day irony whilst wrecking the purity our hegemonic society has desperately tried to salvage. Tracks such as Cheer Up London, recently heralded as the hottest record in the world by Radio 1, offer us an exorcism of punk legends, giving us a deadly Sid Vicious / Johnny Rotten concoction once more.


The Bohicas // The Baltic Stage // Saturday 23rd

Poached by NME for their recent tour, four Essex lads, The Bohicas are to take to The Baltic Stage on Saturday, if you like rough and ready, then these are your guys. Heavy inclinations of sex and drugs with a sprinkle of Rock'n'roll sum up the sound tracks such as Where You At, XXX and Swarm exhume so radiantly.


Loyle Carner // Cargo Stage // Friday 22nd

London based soloist, Loyle Carner will blow the Cargo Stage away, settling for a chilling off-the-cut tonality, Carner's set will truly be the perfect start to your festival weekend. Tracks such as Mufasa hint towards Disney classic, The Lion King whilst allowing imaginations to look toward a Summer night's sweet scent, falling helplessly amongst the dusk and sea breeze whispered from the Mersey.


The Merrylees // The North // Sunday 24th

Scottish Westerners, The Merrylees are taking to The North stage on Sunday bringing yet more hypnotic algorithms to Sound City. Working with Richard Hawley and sharing similarities to that of The Coral, you'll be thinking you've stepped into a saloon in the Wild West as their sound unfolds. Heads up, listen to tracks such as The Coroner and Forever More.


Spring King // The Kraken Stage // Saturday 23rd

Manchester based quartet, Spring King have recently released latest EP, They're Coming After You, showcasing five tracks that front man and LIPA grad, Tarek Musa recorded, mixed and produced. Fans of catchy lyricisms and punchy beats get on tracks such as Demons, City and Dream Boy.



Tear Talk // The Record Store // Saturday 23rd

Signed to War Room Records, local quintet, Tear Talk have brought about an experimental dose of fearless drone. Tracks such as Realise offer an anaesthetised vocalism matched with animated chords and a leisurely beat. What better stage than The Record Store to flaunt such prodigy in local artistry.



Visitors // The Record Store // Sunday 24th

LIMF Academy Grads, Visitors have been producing meaty garage doom tracks since their time in the womb. With brand new material in the pipeline, they are set to become Liverpool's brightest trio gigging all around the UK and Ireland later on this year. Check out tracks Stay Away and Truth, but warning, if you have sensitive lug-holes then please, stay away.


Lauren Jones



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