Liverpool Sound City 2011

Liverpool Sound City 2011

Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st May 2011
Liverpool, Merseyside, L2 6RR, England MAP
£40 for festival wristband
Daily capacity: 25,000
Last updated: Mon 9th May 2011

Liverpool Sound City returns for three days and nights from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st May and is held at multiple venues and spaces in Liverpool's cultural quarter.

During the days the Hard Days Night Hotel plays host to a musical industry conference. Each night there will be bands, DJs and artists performing at many venues, spaces and clubs throughout the city. There will be dozens of parties and gigs, including an unsigned festival featuring new acts coming into Liverpool from all over the world, and parties hosted by festivals and labels each showcasing some of their biggest names and rising stars.


The latest acts are The Kooks, The View, Clinic, Philip Selway, Set Your Goals, Smoke Fairies, Dinosaur Pile Up, Broken Records, Delta Maid, Yasmin, Dels, Marina Gasolina, Cults, Cloud Control, The Jezabels, Braids, Grimes, Dan Parsons, Flashguns, Mazes, Films, Polarsets, The Good Natured, and Spark.

Acts previously confirmed for Liverpool Sound City include Frank Turner, Steve Mason, Funeral Party, Kurt Vile & the Violators, Mona, Three Trapped Tigers, Yuck, The Chapman Family, Cast, Sound Of Guns, Black Lips, The Whip, Jamie XX, Wave Machines, SBTRKT, Spank Rock, Willy Mason, Chain & The Gang, Chad Valley, Mugstar, Handsome Furs, Colourmusic, The Sand Band, Ed Sheeran, Publicist, Those Dancing Days, Forest Swords, Lanterns On The Lake, Alessi's Ark, Teeth, Idiot Glee, Beat Connection, The Suzukis, The Red Suns, Dustland, and The Oxygen Thieves. For the line-up details as available please click here.

Label parties announced including Moshi Moshi, Bella Union, Deltasonic and Young Turks.

The key-note speakers include Alex White from Next Big Sound, Band App's Adam Perry, Audioboo's Mark Rock, Stephen o' Reilly from Mobile Roadie, Robert Thomas from RjDj, Cocteau Twins' Simon Raymonde, Midlake's Eric Pulido, and techie Michael Breidenbrücker. Simon and Eric will be discussing the working mechanics and dynamics of band and label and all the ensuing trials and tribulations that can ensue.

In total, more than 400 acts from around the world will play to 25,000 people across 30 of Liverpool's venues for four days, with the traditional series of label showcases, late night sessions and parties also happening across the city.


The early bird offer has now ended. For 2011, there will be no ticketed gigs at all and for the first time the entire festival will be wristband only. Festival Wristbands and Full Delegate Passes for Liverpool Sound City are priced at £40 and £120 respectively. To buy tickets, click here.


Liverpool Sound City also features conferences and panels with seasoned veterans and younger voices, the commemorative John Peel World Cup, and legendary keynote speakers and special guests. LSC also helps the creative industry to grow and evolve is an integral part of LSC's ethos, with networking, education and skills development a central part of the main event.

As part of the business conference for 2011, Liverpool Sound City have also announced they will be working with the historic publication Mersey Beat to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Founding Editor Bill Harry created the seminal newspaper in the early 60s which helped launch The Beatles to the world.

The 50th anniversary publication of Mersey Beat will reflect back on the publication's importance whilst focussing on the new generation of talent playing at Liverpool Sound City in May 2011. Bill will also be taking part in a debate looking at the state of the music media today.


Wristbands will be available from Midday on Wednesday 18th May 2011 and MUST be collected in person by the lead booking name, with a valid proof of ID, from the Hilton Hotel 7 Hurst Street, Liverpool L1 8DA, England.

Sound City wristbands allow entry to ALL Liverpool Sound City 2011 branded gigs on a first come first served basis subject to the individual venues capacity. Please note some gigs will be 18+ only.


The festival offers no accommodation at the event. There are plenty of accommodation options available in the city.

More information will be here when available.

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