Preview: Liverpool Sound City 2014

By on Wednesday, 12th March 2014 at 9:00 am

TGTF loves the North – we love Steven Gerrard, we love The Beatles, we love Alan Shearer, we love The Stone Rosess, we bloody love things with gravy on, we even are rather partial to a parmo (it’s covered in cheese and very Northern), so of course, we love Liverpool Sound City. Which, I suppose, means if The Great Escape is the UK’s SXSW, Sound City is the North’s Great Escape. Their mantra? Championing the best breakthrough acts of the year across a variety of intimate and stirring venues, including the strikingly beautiful cathedral, which last year hosted an emotive set by Noah and the Whale, and The Kazimier Gardens, where the festival’s Korean showcase last year was an exciting centrepiece. So, who’s on the bill this year?

They’re probably sick of being known as the band with “that really cute video, which makes me feel sad, then happy, because the man’s face is a bit weird, and Fearne Cotton of the radio mentioned it a lot”. But Kodaline (pictured at top) have in the last year and a half established themselves as an extremely credible Irish alternative to your early 21st century Coldplay – perhaps with a little more sense of adventure – but in essence, the vibes are very similar. They’ll be the star attraction on Saturday the 3rd of May, without a doubt, seeing as they managed to pack a tent at Reading last year. Sound City should be a great chance to get up close and familiar with this group of future stars.

BBC Sound of 2014’s Jungle should be an interesting concept on the Saturday: interesting and a bit peculiar for the fact they aren’t particularly partial to people seeing them on stage, so they usually perform behind a shroud of mist. Barring the shyness, they’re an experimental duo called T and J and their music has mainly been promoted through the extreme viral draw of their first two videos. With the prospect of a live show, the mystery makes them surely an unmissable prospect. Or perhaps a very missable prospect? Who the fuck knows? Just grab a picture if you do…

Stoner-rockers Drenge are performing on the Friday and look an attention-grabbing prospect for mid-festival viewing. They grabbed a lot of hype, perhaps not ‘Vintage Trouble’ levels when they appeared on Jools Holland last year; it was obvious their energy, combined with their raw, rugged riffs would win them some admirers. This is the kind of festival a band like Drenge are made for, and in a close-up and personal venue, expect this double act to incite some carnage.

Last year Findlay grabbed the attention of our very own Martin Sharman and fought her way to the top of our 10 for 2014 poll; now she’s back on the Friday of Sound City. Empowered women of the world, get ready to meet your new champion. Raw, unrelenting and with a siren-like voice that’ll have any warm blooded male ensnared, she is a welcome addition to the line-up.

That’s just a small cross-section of what will be a freaking ace 3 days of new music and if I didn’t whet your appetite yet, you can also look forward to a bit of London based four-piece LSA, dirty rockers Lola Colt or indie-electro-pop trio We Were Evergreen. Liverpool Sound City 2014 has something for everyone and is easily the best route to go down, if you want to spend your 2015 telling your mates: “I was there when they were playing to 50 people in a bar in Liverpool – I was there first”.

For much more about Liverpool Sound City including how to book delegate or punter tickets, visit their official Web site.

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