Liverpool Sound City returns for three days and nights from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th May 2015 and is held at multiple venues and spaces in Liverpool's Docklands.
Sound City 2015 will utilise the existing industrial architecture and warehousing on the docks as unique venues whilst blending in a series of bespoke pop-ups, big tops and tents and for the first time an outdoor main stage.
Headliners The Flaming Lips, The Vaccines, and Belle & Sebastian are joined by Roni Size Reprazent, The Thurston Moore Band, Gaz Coombes The Cribs, Swans, Peace, Fat White Family, Everything Everything, George the Poet Fucked Up, Evian Christ, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, Dum Dum Girls, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Spector, Iceage, Stormzy, Stealing Sheep, Dutch Uncles, Slaves, All We Are, Bill Ryder-Jones, The Bohicas, Neon Waltz, Honeyblood, Real Lies, Blossoms, Aquilo, Jane Weaver, Dave McCabe & The Ramifications, The Tea Street Band, Loyle Carner, Serpent Power, The Sundowners, The Hummingbirds, Moon King, Clarence Clarity, Formation, The Griswolds, Astronomyy, Flo Morrissey, The Membranes, Gengahr, The Mispers, Lonelady, Spring King Bad Breeding, Single Mothers, Bad Meds, Tei Shi, Findlay, Nimmo, Remi, God Damn, Palace, YAK, KOF, Gulf, R Seiliog, Moats, Hidden Charms, Sundara Karma, Silent Sleep, Vaults, Pixel Fix Barberos, The Vryll Society, Strange Collective, Femme, Jennifer Davies, Hooton Tennis Club, Sekuoia, Okkyung Lee, M.O., Johnny Sands, Ady Suleiman, Tor Miller, Fossa Sankofa, Raglans, Holy Holy, Zefur Wolves, Thabo & The Real Deal, Prose, and more.
For the line-up details as available, see the Liverpool Sound City line-up page.
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.
Featuring exclusive keynotes, Q&As, and panels with those who have changed, shaped and documented the entertainment industry and those who have pioneered the technology, discovery, delivery and consumption.
The early bird offer has ended tickets for the music part of the festival are now on sale priced at £65 or £35 for a day ticket.
Taking place on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May, in the Rum Warehouse at The Titanic Hotel, on Stanley Dock the international music conference will debate, discuss and highlight key issues with the contemporary music business 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.
The conference line up, under 2015's theme of 'The Unsung Hero', includes Danny Fields, Mark E Smith, James Barton, Wayne Coyne, Scott Booker, Julian Cope, Viv Albertine, Jane Weaver, Gary Clark, Edwyn Collins, Everything Everything speaker profile, Gideon Mountford, The Vaccines, Annie O'Toole, Adrian Cooke, Dex Lush, Natasha Duprey, Pete McKee, Steve Rowlands, Nick Rhodes, Mark Gordon, Dave Earnshaw, Phil Pethybridge, John Bownas, Ed Lilo, Nicola Wright, Joe Strinati, and Crispin Hunt.
The conference site will be a festival in its own right with live bands performing, a VIP showcase and, for those who don’t want to miss out on the live music action, Sound City delegates can jump on a boat and be jetted from the conference venue direct to the festival site.
Panels this year include Another Brick in the Public School Wall, The Rise of Toff Rock that will examine the perceived decline of the working class music hero and the rise of the privileged few; Change a Word and Get a Third, Songwriting in the 21st Century, an in-depth look at the pitfalls of making – or losing – money in the modern industry and Bands & Brands, The Power of Rock & Roll Data exploring the pros, cons and potential revenue opportunities when aligning with corporate entities and advertising. More panel themes will be announced closer to the event.
Sound City has also announced a partnership with Mediterranean cousin – Primavera Pro. (27-30 May). As part of this partnership they are offering discounted tickets to the Primavera Conference for all delegates who attend Sound City 2015.
A Liverpool Sound City Conference Full Delegate Pass is priced at £120.
Emerging talent get the chance to take to the stage following an open application process. Applications are not limited to the UK and are invited invited from all over the world and from all music genres. Applications for 2015 will close on 16th February 2015. Any band or performer who would like to be part of Liverpool Sound City 2015 should visit the festival's website and click on the Liverpool Sound City 2015 Band Applications button for full details on how to apply.
Sound City Training
Sound City offer training to the Music Entrepreneurs of the Future with a programme designed to give people a fast track into careers and businesses within all facets of the industry Sound City Training has limited places and operates on a first come first served basis. The application process is now open and can be made via www.soundcitytraining.co.uk. The courses run from 12 November to 11 February.
Wristbands will be available at the Kiosk from Midday on the Wednesday and must be collected in person by the lead booking name, with a valid proof of ID. Sound City Kiosks will be located in the centre of the festival circuit on Seel Street, Liverpool.
Sound City wristbands allow entry to ALL Liverpool Sound City 2015 branded gigs including those at The Epstein Theatre, 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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