The countdown is on to this year’s Liverpool Sound City, the UK’s leading independent festival and unofficial opening ceremony of Scouse summer, which is back for its 12th festival in the city. 2019 sees a host of established artists and emerging talent coming to the Baltic Triangle for the May bank holiday weekend, with an inspired lineup of live music and after parties in a first rate urban setting.
With hundreds of acts to choose from, festival goers are spoiled for choice with Loyle Carner, Ms Banks, Mabel, Tim Burgess, and The Magic Gang amongst the varied artists performing and DJing over the weekend.
As for me, I’m looking forward to seeing as many of the homegrown acts l as I can. I don’t reckon anything beats the sound of live bands with jangly guitars so I’ve got my eye on some boss indie bands and am all geared up for living my best life with a plastic cup of ale held aloft in each hand until my pre-booked Delta whisks me away to the comfort of a real bed. No sleeping in tents and having a brief razz over your pits n bits with a babywipe round here, pal.
First to make my must-see list are The Night Cafe and Clean Cut Kid as well as these acts from across Merseyside who’ll be performing at Sound City 2019. I caught up with some of my favourites ahead of the festival to find out which songs we all need to catch live.
Red Rum Club
The Liverpool favourites will be bringing their own brand of Scouse Americana to Sound City on Saturday, and as someone who’s not averse to a bit of occasional brass I’m very much here for a touch of Tijuana in the Baltic Triangle this bank holiday.
The lads, who’ve already sold out their September gig at the O2 Academy, told me “This Sound City festival we’re looking forward to playing TV Said So; it’s the next single from our debut album Matador, so there’s a lot of excitement around this sound at the moment” adding that a fan favourite is always Would You Rather Be Lonely – “everyone chants it back to us and that’s usually when the stage invasions happen”.
Red Rum Club are performing at Sound City on Saturday 4th May
Tea Street Band
Ever popular local heroes The Tea Street Band are bound to draw a crowd with their cult following, and I don’t want to miss them this time.
“We’re probably most looking forward to playing Marseilles Blues, but the audience always seem to lose it to Disco Lights” Nick from the band told me, and since that’s my personal favourite too, it’s not hard to imagine why.
Catch them at Sound City on the Sunday, 4th May
Energetic indie outfit Big Bambora are high up on my list of ones to watch at this year’s Sound City. The video for their latest single Good Times gives a glimpse of the band’s spirit and is bound to sound boss live.
Frontman Joe says they’re looking forward to performing everything on their setlist “but mostly Treat Me Nice as it’s got a great beat and melodic, catchy sections throughout the song”.
He’s not wrong, and together with the new single it’s probably the song from their latest EP Monsoon that I’m most looking forward to hearing live. If you’ve got weekend tickets or Sunday tickets then make sure you stick around to watch them headline at Brick Street; they might just become your new favourite band.
Big Bambora headline the Funnel Music Stage at Brick Street on Sunday 5th May. Get on the video for their latest single Good Times which is out now on Spotify and iTunes.
The Cheap Thrills
Steve Lamacq has been giving these top scousers a spin recently and rightly deserved. Describing them as ‘garage psych pop’ their catchy synths sound great on the radio and I’m really looking forward to seeing them live. I caught up with the lads ahead of Sound City to find out what songs were going to stand out during their set.
“We’re looking forward to performing our new single Smile When You Sleep – it’s just dead fun to play”
And as for the fans’ favourite they added “The song that always gets the best reaction from the crowd is Codependence – it’s got this chanty chorus and it always goes off when we play it”.
The Cheap Thrills play Liverpool Sound City on Sunday May 5th
Shit Indie Disco
If a weekend of new favourites somehow isn’t quite enough, then head to the Sunday night closing party at Hangar 34 where Shit Indie Disco will play all your old favourites.
The brothers behind Shit Indie Disco, beloved of faithful student crowds across Liverpool, will be playing us out with absolute belters from many of my summers past, and getting us all ready for a boss summer ahead.
Shit Indie Disco is at Hangar 34 as part of Sound City on Sunday 5th and is a wristband only event.
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