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Liverpool Sound City announces Frank Turner, Steve Mason, Funeral Party and many more acts for May 2011

| On 17, Feb 2011

The UK’s coolest boutique urban festival, Liverpool Sound City, has just announced its second wave of scintillating acts performing over May 19th-21st. Taking over the entire iconic city for three days and nights of amazing music, enriching debate, cultural inspiration and artistic endeavour, LSC is the epitome of urban cool and embraces modern music in all it’s wonderful forms.

Let’s not forget a good deal of what goes on at Liverpool Sound City is about the music – as this second wave of announcements indicates. It’s another roll call of epoch-breaking leaders in music, sourced from around the world, who will all be gracing the city’s most hallowed and decadent venues.

David Pichilingi, Liverpool Sound City’s founder, states that, “We’ve got a heck of a lot happening at this year’s LSC but of course a huge focal point is the music. There’s such an abundance of great bands, singers, artists and performers out there and we strive each year to bring some of that incredible talent to Liverpool. Things are really beginning to take shape and accelerate towards what is going to be our best year yet.”

There’s lots more to come from Liverpool Sound City over the coming weeks, with many more names to be revealed.

LSC’s The Second Wave of Announcements

Frank Turner

@ Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Thursday May 19th

Since leaving punk outfit Million Dead 4 years ago Frank Turner has won the hearts and minds with his solo output from underground sleeper success of his folk song debut “Sleep Is For The Week” through to second album “Love Ire & Song” and third record “Poetry Of The Deed”. He’s a man of the people, a poet warrior in the classical sense with relentless revelatory performances across the world. 2011 see’s Frank Turner return with his 4th album in the summer.


Steve Mason

@ Masque Theatre Thursday 19th May

Former Beta Band frontman and legend Steve Mason made one of the great comebacks in 2010 with his solo album “Boys Outside” released through Domino Records and earned critical acclaim across the boards from the tabloids to the broadsheets. Two sell out tours and a host of festival appearances followed throughout the summer. Currently working on an acoustic version of the album Steve returns to Liverpool for his largest show in the city yet.

Funeral Party

@ O2 Academy Liverpool Saturday 21st May

Straight outta Whittier, California, a small town that offered few options in life Funeral Party formed when four friends decided it was time to break out and embark on a punk rock adventure following their dream. Named after the song of the same name by The Cure and following their first single “New York City Moves To The Sound Of LA” the band were signed by Sony and released their debut album in January “The Golden Age Of Nowhere” and a sell out UK tour followed.


Kurt Vile & The Violators

@ Kazimier Friday 20th May

Philadelphia’s finest exponent of psychedelic folk rock, singer songwriter Kurt Vile is likened to Tom Petty and Bob Seger and brings his band The Violators to Liverpool for the very first time. Cited by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth as her favourite addictive listening and signed to Matador Records who in 2011 will release the hotly anticipated fourth album “Smoke Ring For My Halo”. This promises to be a very special show from one of the new wave of American greats.



@ O2 Academy Liverpool Saturday 21st May

Well, these boys are hell bent for leather and are back in the UK for their first headline tour following their recent support with The Walkmen on their sell out tour. The self titled album Mona is released on May 16th via Island Records. Recorded and self produced in the bands Nashville basement they’re coming out the darkness and hitting it straight out the park. A very exciting prospect indeed.


Three Trapped Tigers

@ Kazimier Friday 20th May

This avant-garde electronic London based trio signed to Warp Records and on the verge of releasing their third record in March, the chronologically numbered EP3. Comparisons can be made with post rock electronic peers like Battles, Fuck Buttons and Lightening Bolt but Three Trapped Tigers have taken a corner of the market and made it their own. Immersed vocals, cascading melodies entwining and emerging, flourishes and crescendos, their music draws you in and builds a new world around you.



@ Kazimier Thursday 19th May

Tipped by many high rollers to be one of the bands of 2011, Yuck are a multi-national indie quintet that have emerged from the buzz of the blogging community to step out and take a wild walk all of their own. Seen as the vanguard of both the grunge and shoegaze revivals in 2011, their live show is reminiscent of early Smashing Pumpkins and it’s little wonder they’ve been signed by Mercury Records who’ll be releasing the bands self titled debut in February.

Other new acts for Liverpool Sound City…

The Chapman Family

@ Mojo Friday 20th May

Debut album “Burn Your Town” out March 7th.


Veronica Falls

@ Zanzibar Club Thursday 19th May


Lower Than Atlantis

@ O2 Academy Liverpool Saturday 21st May


Zeus (Canada)

@ Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt Friday 20th May

Debut album “Say Us” out now.


Niki & The Dove (Sweden)

@ Zanzibar Club Moshi Moshi Party Saturday 21st May



@ Kazimier Thursday 19th May

LSC – The Acts So Far

Alessi’s Ark, Beat Connection, Black Lips, Cast, Chad Valley, Chain & The Gang, Colourmusic, Dustland, Ed Sheeran, Forest Swords, Frank Turner, Funeral Party, Handsome Furs, Idiot Glee, Jamie XX, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Lanterns On The Lake, Lower Than Atlantis, Miles Kane, Mona, Mugstar, Niki & The Dove, Publicist, SBTRKT, Sound of Guns, Spank Rock, Steve Mason, Teeth!!!, The Chapman Family, The Oxygen Thieves, The Red Suns, The Sand Band, The Suzukis, The Whip, Three Trapped Tigers, Those Dancing Days, Veronica Falls, Wave Machines, Willy Mason, Worriedaboutsatan, Yuck, Zeus

LSC – The UK’s Coolest Boutique Urban Festival

Already established as an epoch-breaking music, arts, cultural and multi-media extravaganza, LSC is rich in burgeoning new sounds and styles from home-grown local bands through to the most dynamic and fresh talent sourced from around the world. LSC is replete with the latest film premiers, art exhibitions and is a cultural celebration of the city’s heritage and the wider scope of the UK’s contemporary music scene, championing current innovators and mavericks whilst heralding the next generation of futurists and avant-garde play-makers. Featuring such a broad array of interest, from the commemorative John Peel World Cup through to daily conferences with legendary keynote speakers and special guests, Liverpool Sound City is the only festival which brilliantly combines the diversity, eclecticism and vibrant spirit of Great Britain’s creative scene.