Sound City 2018: Time to return to our roots and celebrate Liverpool like never before

READY for a year of celebrating 10 years since Liverpool was awarded the European Capital of Culture, Sound City will return to their roots for an event unlike no other.

Moving back from the docklands and into the heart of the city centre, award winning Sound City will return on May 5 and 6 to kick-start the UK season in style.

Organisers promise that the festival will work in true pioneering fashion, offering an intimate experience with the chance to discover hundreds of new artists and headline acts across

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 a large number of stages.

A new venue will be revealed in the coming weeks.

This year the event will be partly curated by special guests including Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes, Kendal Calling, Bluedot, Greg Wilson, Domino, Moshi Moshi plus 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.

Chief operating officer Becky Ayres said: “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.”

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

New for this year, Sound City Satellite will bring the festival model to key areas between Manchester and Liverpool as well as along the M62 corridor.

The festival team will work with key people in each place including promoters, record labels and artists to deliver a targeted business conference and live music programme.

The main people to thank for this initiative is Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram, the two Mayors of the Manchester and Liverpool city regions.

Festival head honcho David Pichilingi said: “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.”

Again, we will see the return of Sound City + business conference which will take place on Friday, May 4.

Over the last 10 years, the conference has been responsible for generating in excess of £25 million for the UK music business economy.

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

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