Liverpool Sound City Festival 2023 Announces Final Wave of Artists

including Sunday Headliners Maisie Peters and Olivia Dean

By Jane Jarvis | Published: Thu 13th Apr 2023

The Reytons

Liverpool Sound City 2023

Saturday 1st to Sunday 30th April 2023
various venues, Liverpool, Merseyside, England
£79.50 for 3 days
Daily capacity: 25,000

Welcoming music-loving attendees and artists from across the UK and the world over, Liverpool Sound City takes place from Friday, 28th - Sunday, 30th April 2023 at various venues across Liverpool city centre, a city with a buzzing live music scene and a rich musical heritage.

This year, soul-pop sensation, Olivia Dean, will be joining the likes of The Reytons and Maisie Peters on the Sound City 2023 mainstage at a new home on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th  April 2023 at Mountford Hall at the Liverpool Guild of Students.

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Joining Olivia Dean on this final wave of artists for Sound City 2023 is Tik Tok sensation James Marriot who has built a huge following thanks to his indie rock anthems and engaging online content. Scottish outfit, Declan and the Decadent West have become renowned as one of the most exciting live indie acts around while genre-melding Aussie artist Allday will be ending his UK tour run with a huge performance at Sound City. The announcement also boasts some of the most promising female indie stars such as Nieve Ella, Lizzie Esau and Hannah Grae as well as a host of homegrown Merseyside talent including Monks and SPINN.


Ahead of the main Sound City festival weekend and rounding off the one-day conference, there will be a brand new nighttime music billing, running from 6pm-11pm on Friday 28th April titled ‘New Music Friday’. This new addition to the Sound City weekend will see the likes of Swim Deep, Beren Olivia, Michael Aldag and more perform across intimate local live music venues, as attendees are invited to explore Liverpool city centre. Sound City is renowned for uncovering new talent, with past alumni including Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Stormzy, Grimes, Yungblud, The 1975 and more.

Having just been named ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the 2022 UK Festival Awards, Sound City has an unrivalled reputation for showcasing the next wave of new music from the UK and internationally and so ‘New Music Friday’ could be the perfect way to kick off the weekend in style, explore the thriving music scene in the heart of the city and discover your next favourite artist. 

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A three day ticket costs £79.50. One or two day tickets are also available.


Sound City has partnered with Tunecore to launch their Apply To Play system for 2023 which allows emerging artists from across the country the chance to submit their music and join the 2023 festival line up. As the UK's leading festival and conference for new music and the loudest voice championing emerging artists in the North, Apply To Play is one of the core elements of Sound City as it allows the next wave of young musicians to be heard and showcase their amazing talent to over 5,000 daily attendees.

Sound City has been providing the UK's most exciting new artists their first taste of a festival stage for over 15 years, with alumni including Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Grimes, Stormzy, Lizzo, Yungblud and many more. Artists can Apply To Play now.


The annual Sound City conference is the UK’s leading independent music conference and AIM UK’s ‘Conference in The North’. For over 15 years, Sound City has welcomed leading industry figures, emerging artists and aspiring music business professionals to Liverpool for a full-day programme of educational panels, in-conversations and networking parties. Sound City 2023 is the must-attend event for established music professionals and aspiring creatives alike, as music lovers and industry leaders from all over the world are welcomed to the North of England for an unrivalled day of innovative, forward-thinking industry discussion. The first wave of in-conversations and panels will be announced on January 31st. Taking place on 28th April 2023, tickets for the Sound City Conference are on sale now via


Sound City are proud to partner with Arts Council England, CAPLL LTDscotts, Tessuti, SAE, Tunecore, Amplead, Bruntwood, Bundobust, gigseekr, Keychange, Leeds Conservatoire, Modern Sky, PRS Foundation, SAMA, SESAC and Vevo for their 2023 festival.

About Sound City Festival

Sound City Festival is the UK's biggest independent festival for new music. It is the must-attend festival for the best in emerging music discovery, to see the next big things and be the first to discover the most exciting new acts, welcoming attendees and artists from across the UK and the world over to Liverpool, a city with a buzzing live music scene and a rich musical heritage. Sound City Festival was one of the first to host huge names like Ed Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Stormzy, Jungle, Alt-J, Paloma Faith, The 1975, Christine & The Queens, Years & Years and many many more at the beginning of their musical careers.

Sound City is proud to work with many leading and innovative funders and partners. These include Arts Council England, who supported Sound City through the challenges of Covid-19 and recognise the unique contribution made to the music industry through its inclusion as a National Portfolio Organisation; North of England-based, premium fashion retailer Tessuti and terrace and gig fashion specialist scotts, with 50 stores between them from Harlow to Glasgow and across the midlands and North; long-standing supporter CAPLL Ltd is sponsor of the Sound City Emerging Talent and Training programme; global creative industries education provider SAE Institute as Principal Creative Media Education Partner for a second year; and sector leading digital music distribution company Tunecore returns as Lead Sponsor of Apply to Play. Sound City’s Innovation Partner is Amplead and Gigseekr is Exclusive Discovery Partner - both part of DAM Good Media. They also work with a range of organisations and record labels to bring the Sound City crowd the best new music from across the UK and internationally via exciting showcases. Past and current partners include AWAL, Run On Records, Modern Sky UK, SESAC, Sentric Music, Leeds Conservatoire, Tileyard Impact, Groover, BBC Horizons and Zandari Festival, Korea.


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a three day ticket costs £79.50.

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