Liverpool Sound City

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Liverpool Sound City
Sound City 2015.jpg
The Flaming Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne performing at Sound City 2015.
GenreIndie, Alternative, Electronic, Rock
Location(s)Liverpool, England
Years active2008 - present
WebsiteOfficial Website

Liverpool Sound City is an annual music festival and industry conference in Liverpool, England. Founded in 2008, Sound City was located in Liverpool City Centre venues such as The Kazimier, The Zanzibar and the Liverpool Cathedral, until 2015 when it was relocated to Bramley-Moore Dock in Liverpool's historic docklands.

In 2015, the festival took place on Friday 22 May - Sunday 24 May, with headliners The Vaccines, The Flaming Lips and Belle and Sebastian[1] and an array of artists including, Everything Everything, Peace and The Cribs.[2] Previous artists include Florence and the Machine, The Maccabees, The xx, The Kooks and Ed Sheeran.

The Sound City conference is a two-day digital industry conference featuring keynotes, in conversations and workshop sessions from key digital industry figures. In 2015, the conference took place on Thursday 21 May - Friday 22 May in the Titanic Hotel at Stanley Dock. Speakers included Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Ramones manager Danny Fields and Mark E. Smith of The Fall.[3]

Previous Line-ups[edit]











Screenadelica is a large gig poster exhibition that has toured and exhibited across England, Europe and the world. It is essentially a 'pop up' gallery celebrating the art of the screen printed gig poster. The works include UK and international artists from the gig-poster 'scene'. These artists have full band and management support to design for The Pixies, DJ Shadow, Björk, The Cure, PJ Harvey, Brian Wilson, Kellis, Gogal Bordello and many more. The art works can be bought at an average price of £30 a piece. Screenadelica host a wide variety of styles promoting the bands that the artists love, inspired by the music they hear.[12]


As part of the Liverpool Sound City arts expansion program, films, music videos and shots have been encouraged presenting and demonstrating throughout the years. These come from variety of venues including FACT, Camp&Furnace and Tabac.[3]

LSC Match Day[edit]

By partnering with Umbro, the festival also brings John Peel World Cup – a 5 a side football tournament. The teams made up of band members and industry professionals competed for the cup. Funds raised from the event go to the British Heart Foundation, in memory of John Peel, whose two great loves were music and Liverpool FC.[13]


In 2009, photographer Kevin Cummins discussed his portfolio at the festival. This portfolio played a part in the rise of both "Madchester" and "Britpop" and includes artists such as Joy Division, The Stone Roses, Manic Street Preachers, R.E.M., U2, Patti Smith, Marc Bolan, The Smiths, Oasis, Foo Fighters and Buzzcocks.[14] In 2012, music photographer Gered Mankowitz attended the event as well. Mankowitz has photographed some of the most famous musicians of the 20th century such as The Rolling Stones, Kate Bush and Jim Hendrix. Notable photographers who have attended the festival include Bill Harry, Mark McNulty, Kevin Cummins, and Ernie Paniccioli. Liverpool Sound also works with local universities and communities to provide photography students an opportunity to develop their skills, gain experience and expand their portfolios.[14]


Liverpool Sound City tickets are in the form of wristbands. In order to get these wristbands, one must purchase a ticket on the official website and the ticket purchased will have information on collecting the wristbands.[15][16]



  1. ^ "The Vaccines confirmed as third headliner for Liverpool Sound City".
  2. ^ "Sound City Announce The Cribs In Second Wave Of Line-Up".
  3. ^ a b "Sound City Conference".
  4. ^ "Sound City 2008".
  5. ^ "Sound City 2009".
  6. ^ "Sound City 2010".
  7. ^ "Sound City 2011".
  8. ^ "Sound City 2012".
  9. ^ "Sound City 2013".
  10. ^ "Sound City 2014".
  11. ^ "Sound City 2015".
  12. ^ "The hugely successful gig poster exhibition returning to Liverpool Sound City 2014..." Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  13. ^ "Match Day 2013". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Photography". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  15. ^ "Tickers and info". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  16. ^ "Collecting Wristbands in 2014". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  17. ^ "Liverpool Sound City 2013 Film Program". Retrieved 1 April 2014.

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