Ones to Watch at Liverpool Sound City 2016

Sound City 2016Let 2016 be known as the year that DrunkenWerewolf was invited to attend events - not least of all Sound City 2016, which will take place in Liverpool between 27th and 29th May of this year.

Not only have we been invited to attend the three day festival, but yours truly has been asked to speak at the business to business event on Friday. Quite what this entails I do not know, but at least I can rest safe in the knowledge that a ton of decent music will present itself to me and many others the following day, as Sound City 2016 takes over its own stadium on the Merseyside dock front, nearby the Titanic Hotel.

With no further ado, let’s take a look at 10 of the best acts performance at music showcase Sound City 2016.

Band of Skulls

Headliners at many events elsewhere this summer, at Sound City Band of Skulls take a back seat to enjoy mid-to-top placing. Needless to say this won’t present an opportunity to get up close and personal with the band – they’ll more than likely draw a large crowd despite their placing on the bill – but it will offer a chance to see the Southampton three piece perform music from their brand spanking new album, By Default.

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Shura

Alt pop darling Shura has wowed the underground with her swish, uber cool take on synth music while also gaining favour from the BBC towards the beginning of the year, when she was nominated on the Sound of 2016 long list. The fashionista of the music industry will no doubt turn up for the London star’s set on Saturday despite her commercial misdemeanour.

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Dilly Dally

Canada’s loudest contemporary band return to the UK for a guaranteed set of ferocious noise. Having toured the country earlier in the year Dilly Dally already have a strong following, and it’s sure to get stronger once everyone at Sound City 2016 realises quite how loudly front woman Katie Monks can scream.

The Big Moon

Touched with twee, The Big Moon have been making a scene since heads turned in their direction last year – and their charming indie pop is well deserving. DrunkenWerewolf also reported a frantic energy exuding from the four-piece last month at Start the Bus, which we hope will be replicated at the festival this May.

The Anchoress

The Anchoress, aka smart feminist singer songwriter Catherine A.D. bolsters her position on the bill with songs from her long awaited debut album Confessions of a Romance Novelist – a full length that documents an almighty struggle with life, loss, love and a car crash. We expect her live performance to be equally as dramatic.

Feral Love

Having recently introduced the band on the website, it would be a crying shame to miss out on local Liverpool band Feral Love, whose single “Like the Wind” is enough of a reason to attend. Sleek synth pop, just the way we like it.

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Foxtrott

This is reason enough to travel to the North West, and rest assured we’ll be at the front banging an imaginary drum along to Foxtrott’s explosive, cathartic, hypnotic alt pop. Take the genre constraint lightly – this lady is experimental to a tee and positively unmissable.

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The Spook School

As long term fans of The Spook School, the Edinburgh band are an equally exciting prospect at Sound City 2016. Head over to their stage for LGBTQ related fun, lots of laughter and probably a shit ton of glitter (provided by me, at this point I’ll be on motor mark 100).

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Oh, The Guilt

If and when I need to calm down (if) a cold shower won’t do it – neither will a chilled pint of whatever cider the North caters up these days. Instead I’ll head over to Bristol band Oh, The Guilt’s set – a sombre and undeniably dark set from an act so loud all the cobwebs will be flung to the rafters upon the first beat.

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Oh Pep!

…And then back to pop fun times, courtesy of Melbourne band Oh Pep! Indicative of how international Sound City 2016 has become, the Australian duo present a booming music scene on the other side of the world. Let’s hope they do their fellow Aussies proud!

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