Irish rockers Kodaline, who will be headlining the Anglican Cathedral, lead the first acts announced for Liverpool Sound City which returns for three days and nights from Thursday 1st to Saturday 3rd May 2014 to multiple venues and spaces in Liverpool's cultural quarter.
Also confirmed today are Gruff Rhys, Fuck Buttons, Clean Bandit, Jungle, Wolf Alice, Darlia, Circa Waves, Thumpers, Big Ups, Courtney Barnett, Girls Names, Loom, LSA, We The Wild, Fair Ohs, We Were Evergreen, Marika Hackman, Traams, Sons And Lovers, Dolomite Minor, The Minutes, Blaenavon, and Lola Colt.
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.
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.
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 first keynote speakers have been announced as musicians John Cale, and Thurston Moore, plus former head of the FA Premier League Rick Parry will be interviewed by novelist Kevin Sampson, and sports correspondent James Corbett.
CEO David Pichilingi said, "It’s shaping up to be the best Sound City to date,. “We have always strived to bring the best to Liverpool and we have definitely delivered this year on both the live and conference side.”
Additional speakers and live acts will be revealed next month.
Three-day festival only wristbands are currently available on the website at the early bird price of £44 plus booking fee, until Monday 3rd February.
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