Black Lips, The Whip, and more for Liverpool Sound City

Jamie XX, Willy Mason, Wave Machines, Sound of Guns + more

By Scott Williams | Published: Thu 27th Jan 2011

Black Lips

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

Black Lips, The Whip, Jamie XX, and Willy Mason are amongst the first raft of act announced for Liverpool Sound City taking place this May.

Black Lips
Acts just announced for Liverpool Sound City who will be joining the previously announced Sound Of Guns on the bill are Black Lips, Wave Machines, Spank Rock, and Willy Mason.

Other newly confirmed additions include Chain & The Gang, Chad Valley, Mugstar, Handsome Furs, and Colourmusic.

Liverpool Sound City has had a long standing tradition working with influential and key record labels, festivals and international websites - and 2011 is no different. There are already three seminal labels confirmed.

They are Young Turks who bring Jamie XX and SBTRKT . Bella Union who present Lanterns on the Lake, and Alessi's Ark, whilst Moshi Moshi offer Teeth, Idiot Glee, and Beat Connection.

Liverpool's own label Deltasonic showcases music from The Suzukis, The Red Suns, Dustland, and The Oxygen Thieves.

There's also music from local Liverpool acts The Sand Band, Ed Sheeran, Publicist, Those Dancing Days, and Forest Swords.

Also announced as a Keynote Speaker is Michael Breidenbrücker a techie who has been involved with key advancements in recent years, including as one of the founders of Last.FM. Michael joins Bella Union's Simon Raymonde and Midlake's Eric Pulido, with many more names to be announced.

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.

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.Already over 3,500 bands have applied to play at Liverpool Sound City from all over the world.

David Pichilingi, the festival's director, explained, "We've been overwhelmed with the positive energy out there from bands from all corners of the globe wanting to play at our international renown festival. Artists from over 20 different countries have already applied to play, and the number has swelled well beyond 3500, which we think is incredible and indicative of how far Liverpool Sound City has spread across the globe. We believe we have got one of the most clued-up and receptive audiences around, as well as hosting key industry players from all facets of the business at the highest levels here in the city for close to a week. It's a brilliant opportunity for new acts to be showcased and for the next big things to be discovered here, right in Liverpool."

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 still an amazing £35 and £120 respectively. These prices rise again soon so get them while they are still amazing value for money. To buy tickets, click here.

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.

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.

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