Sound City Feature : Helaena Williamson


The Vaccines / Friday 22nd May / Atlantic Stage

It’s a welcome surprise to see The Vaccines emerging back onto the touring scene especially with the announcement of new album ‘English Graffiti’ to be released this year. Headlining the Atlantic Stage on Friday, these guys are definitely the best way to start your Sound City experience. Those legendary catchy tunes and foot-tapping beats, will have you moving in the inevitably enthusiastic crowd.



Yak / Friday 22nd May/ Baltic Stage

Yak are a London based trio who are currently on a UK tour, and are soon to release new EP, ‘Plastic People’. There’s a retro rock 'n' roll feel emanating from the group and we’re certain they’ll be a hit with the crowds. With what are said to be unpredictable live performances, as the guys don’t care much for set lists, who knows what to expect?



The Vryll Society / Saturday 23rd May / Atlantic stage 

Local quintet,  The Vryll Society, will undoubtedly bring their electric energy and puissant stage presence to the festival. We are anxious to hear promo track ‘Beautiful Faces’ echoed throughout the docklands, and become acquainted with some newer sound. After supporting the likes of Peace and Blossoms at popular local venue ‘The Kazimier' earlier in the year, the band seem ready to unleash their psychedelic vibes onto a greater audience.



Strange Collective / Saturday 23rd May / Baltic Stage 

Liverpool based band Strange Collective, released their debut single ‘Sun’ this February yet already managed to score a slot at Liverpool’s notorious Psych Fest last year. With rock, garage and psych influences why not let their sound transport you back through the decades.



Sundara Karma / Sunday 24th May / Baltic Stage

The Reading lads formed back in 2011 and we presume have never looked back. Having had the chance to support the likes of Swim Deep and The Wombats, Sundara Karma continue to make uplifting indie-pop, and build a loyal following. With their first EP released in February this year, and newest single “Loveblood” play-listed at Radio 1, Sundara Karma are ones to watch.



Gengahr /Sunday 24th May / Baltic Stage

With their debut album ‘A Dream Outside’ penned for release 15th June, London quartet Gengahr are definitely ones not to miss, even Sound City agrees, as they manage to squeeze two slots at the festival. Their dreamlike sounds, mask a lyricism of terror and deceit, a quality we can’t help find intriguing.



Fat White Family / Sunday 24th May / Late Night Warehouse

Returning for more again this year, Fat Whites, now headline the late night warehouse party. It’s hard to believe that their debut album was released just over two years ago now, yet is still as current in our minds. We’re ready to riot through the night with this edgy, controversial band, are you?



Helaena Williamson


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