Bank holiday weekend is rapidly approaching, which of course means it’s time for Liverpool’s Sound City. Reaching it’s eleventh year, 2018 sees the festival move back into the heart of the city, The Baltic Triangle. Spread across venues including Camp and Furnace, Constellations and The Baltic Market, this year’s 250+ band lineup promises something for everyone.
As expected from Sound City, this year’s lineup provides a variety of both must see headliners and a solid selection of the best upcoming artist’s the UK has to offer. Labels including Heavenly Recordings, End of the Trail Recordings and Modern Sky UK will host showcases, while DIY Magazine will host a stage featuring artist’s such as Yellow Days and King Nun, and if that’s not enough for you there will also be discussions and workshops across the weekend.
With so many artists to choose from, we’ve picked our top five must sees for the weekend. Check them out below.
Violet Youth - Baltic Market (Sunday - 1:30pm)
Having kicked off 2018 with a sold out show at Manchester’s Jimmy’s, it’s shaping up to be a big year for Blackburn’s Violet Youth. Their deep, atmospheric indie sound has seen them reach the top 10 of over 20,000 entries for Pirate Studios’ ‘Prodigy’ competition, earning them a place on their stage for this year’s Sound City. Catch them at The Baltic Market on Sunday.
Marsicans - Camp and Furnace (Saturday - 6:30pm)
Nobody does feel-good indie quite like Marsicans. Their tropical tinged pop is as colourful as their stage attire, as infectious as their personalities and is guaranteed to leave you smiling. The Leeds based quartet have gone from strength to strength over the past 12 months, selling out headline shows right across the country. Let them brighten up your weekend at Camp and Furnace on Saturday.
The Blinders - District (Saturday - 7:15pm)
Doncaster/Manchester trio The Blinders combine psychedelic riffs with in your face, punky attitude to create a sound which has caused a real stir over the past couple of years. With countless live shows, including sell out headlines under their belts, performances at the likes of Neighbourhood Festival and Reading Festival, the trio recently signed to Modern Sky UK. They bring their raucous charm to District on Saturday.
Flyte - On Air (Saturday - 9:45pm)
If heaven had a sound, that sound would be something along the lines of Flyte. The London quartet spent years fine tuning their nostalgic sound, before releasing their debut album in 2017. Their nostalgic, harmony based sound is capable of creating the most magical of atmospheres, and gives the four a vibe which is simply theirs. A Flyte live show is one which will leave you slightly speechless. Experience it for yourself at On Air on Saturday.
The Night Cafe - Camp and Furnace (Sunday - 8:30pm)
Liverpool’s very own The Night Café are a young band rising at a rapid pace. Support tours with the likes of Blaenavon, The Wombats and Sundara Karma have created a solid, dedicated fanbase for their melancholic indie sound; leading them to sell out their own headline shows across the country. This year will see them step up to play the likes of Reading and Leeds and Truck Festival, catch them first at Camp and Furnace on Sunday.
Sound City takes over Liverpool's Baltic Triangle this weekend (5th-6th May)
For the full line up see here
Tickets available here