Ones To Watch At This Years Sound City

A gorgeous setting on top of the Mersey, Bramley Moore Dock is set to host Liverpool Sound City for the second year running, providing the greatest escape for festival goers from all around the world. 

Artists such as Peter Doherty, The Coral and Catfish and the Bottlemen are set to headline the festival with others such as Kagoule, Bill Ryder-Jones, Mount Kimble and C Duncan will also be taking to the stages.

In Conversation with Radio X will be chaired by hot-shot presenter, John Kennedy and Dave Haslam welcoming guests such as: actor and director, Paddy Considine, Liverpool high-risers Circa Waves, anarchists Sleaford Mods, Alexei Sayle and Roisin Murphy. 

That's not all, as cult night, Bongo's Bingo will offer lucky festival goers the chance to win some exceptional goodies on Saturday - be prepared for dance off's, raving and some special guest appearances.

With little less than a week to Liverpool's Sound City festival, The Music Manual took a look at the top ones to watch at the festival.


Recently signing to 13 Artists, Manchester fivesome, Cabbage will be smearing their anarachist sounds all over Tim Peaks Diner at 11.25pm on Saturday evening. Their satirical sound has caught the imagination of the likes of Huw Stephens and i-D Magazine with cheeky tracks including Contactless Payment and Dinnerlady.


Once part of the LIMF Academy and now hitting the big-time in London, XamVolo will be bringing those soulful jazz tunes to brighten up the North Stage on Saturday at 4.30pm. Hopefully the sun will be about to christen this wonderful soundtrack on the banks of the Mersey. Listen to brand new track, Runner's High below.

Las Aves

French quartet, Las Aves, are going to shake The Tall Ship on Saturday from 6pm with their art-pop sound. Tracks such as Leo have these phenomenal funky synths which will be showcased on their debut album, Die In Shangai, out for release 27th May, be sure to get your copy here.

The Left Backs

Award-winning Belfast foursome, The Left Backs are reawakening noughties indie, sounding like Milburn met The Fratellis, the lads will take the floor at Mailchimp Record Store's stage at 12.45pm on Saturday showcasing their latest EP, The Morning After The Night Before.

Little Triggers

Winning many hearts at this years FestEVOL, Little Triggers are a Liverpool band with a huge sound and a massive fan-base to match. Making their home on The Tall Ship at 2pm on Sunday, they have a similar excitement around them just like The Strypes but something tells us there'll be a greater longevity. Check out Giving Me Up.

She Drew The Gun

Recently winning Glastonbury's Emerging Talent competition, Merseyside based She Drew The Gun are one of the must see bands of 2016. Constantly on the road, their busy work ethic has kept them in good stead with debut album, Memories of the Future produced by James Skelly. Their psych-pop sound also conveys a political twist, particularly in track, Poem, with support from Billy Bragg to name a few, catch them on Sunday at 8pm, courtesy of The Tall Ship.

Karina Ramage

With mixed allegiances, Karina Ramage can typically be found in London, busking away to her heart's content. Her fiery folk sound has a mixture of soul influences, bringing a totally fresh outlook to the Cargo Stage on a mid Sunday afternoon.

Suzie Stapleton

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From Melbourne, Suzie Stapleton has a witchy blues sound which has captivated many including the great, Mark Lanegan. With a debut album coming out in the next couple of months, Stapleton's wholesome sound will take to two stages at this years Sound City, the Cargo Stage at 1pm on Saturday and the Mailchimp Record Store on Sunday at 12.45pm.


Starting out in 2007, Yucatan are true to their roots, providing a fascinating lullaby style of sound from the Welsh mountains with tracks like Angharad. Their latest album, Uwch Gopa'r Mynydd will be released on 22nd June, still embracing those all important relaxing synthetic tracks, catch them at Tim Peaks Diner, Sunday, 7pm.

Red Rum Club

Taking influence from Quentin Tarantino, Red Rum Club are six guys that have recently really pushed their presence in the local scene. Another band who shon at FestEVOL, they mimic sounds of the sixties, these important factors have produced a solid band with big promise for the future months. What better stage than the Cavern to hold these lads on Sunday at 3.45pm.

Check out what will be happening at Sound City + here.

Words Lauren Jones


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