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Liverpool Sound City 2011 – The Best Yet

| On 26, May 2011

Liverpool Sound City:

“The Best Yet!”

  • The 4th Liverpool Sound City – the best yet!
  • Over 9000 wristbands sold with 360 bands, 2500 delegates, 300 media and 30 venues and an overall footfall of 35,000 forming this year’s richly diverse music, arts and cultural showcase
  • Liverpool Sound City returns in 2012: May 17th-19th, early bird wristbands on sale now for only £20!


The 4th Liverpool Sound City exceeded all possible expectations, helping to consolidate its standing as one of Europe’s leading metropolitan festivals. Featuring a wide array of amazing music from across the globe, an audience of festival attendees and delegates travelled from Europe, the USA, Australasia and beyond for a full two-day conference, world film premieres, exhibitions and the John Peel World Cup – creating an event like no other.

David Pichilingi, LSC’s founder and director, says that, “This was by far our strongest year so far in terms of scope and ambition, and everything came together to create what people are all saying is our best year yet. Liverpool remains not only a musical hotspot but also it has this rich culture of creativity in its veins; with Liverpool Sound City we seek to embrace the city’s spirit, creating a platform for bands from all over the world to perform here at some of the most iconic venues around. We are still buzzing from the weekend – it’s been an incredible experience, and now we are already looking towards our momentous 5th anniversary event next May.”

With packed gigs from over 360 bands in 30 venues – including Black Lips, Fucked Up, Miles Kane, Willy Mason, Lanterns On The Lake, Eric Pulido, Philip Selway Frank Turner, Kurt Vile, Jamie XX, Cast, The View, The Kooks, Spank Rock and more – it’s clear that LSC’s burgeoning ethos of embracing new music remains at the festival’s core.

Over at The Hilton, the 2500 delegates from all over the world took part in enriching and forward-thinking debates, with key guests from the world of music and tech including Peter Hook and Kevin Cummins, RjDj’s Michael Breidenbruecker, Next Big Sound’s Alex White and Drowned In Sound’s Sean Adams, Simon Raymonde from Bella Union and Eric Pulido of Midlake – along with a host of contemporary, cutting edge, new movers and shakers (see full list of speakers below).

Liverpool Sound City was delighted to also host parties and events with Bella Union, Moshi Moshi, Young Turks, Friends Vs Records, Sentric, Deltasonic, Sounds Australia, Canadian Blast!, ‘Don’t Panic, We’re From Poland’, Brasil Music Exchange, Music Nova Scotia, Musicians Union, Generator, Plugged In Yorkshire, Showcasing Norwich and Access to Music/ Atom Live and Oui Love all of which had amazing line-ups and were buzzing from start to finish (see full list of bands below)

Elsewhere Bill Harry exhibited part of his Mersey Beat collection which this year celebrates its incredible 50th anniversary in 2011; Kevin Sampson’s novel, Powder, had its world premiere at digital cinema FACT and the annual John Peel World Cup featured teams raising money for The British Heart Foundation.

Already working on making next year bigger and better, LSC are pleased to announce their dates for 2012 – returning on Thursday May 17th – Saturday May 19th.

Until then, LSC 2011 would like to thank:

The Speakers – Simon Raymonde (Bella Union), Eric Pulido (Midlake), Michael Breidenbruecker (RjDj), Kevin Cummins, Peter Hook, Alex White (Next Big Sound), Matt Brian (The Next Web), Mark Rock (AudioBoo), Robert Thomas (RjDj), Adam Perry (BandApp), Stephen O’Reilly (Mobile Roadie), Will Mills (Shazam), Sean Adams (Drowned In Sound), David Courtier-Dutton (SliceThePie), Gregory Vincent (Sponsume), Kamilla Hannibal (Good Tape), John Rogers (Brainlove), Jack Shankly (Transparent), Nikhil Shah (Mixcloud), Maria-Alicia Chang (Music Metrics), Matthew Ogle (The Echo Nest), Darren Hemmings (PIAS), Stefan Baumschlager (, Andrea Leonelli (Digital Music Trends/Universal), Tim Heineke (, Dave Haynes (SoundCloud), Karen Piper (Radar Maker), Matthew Hawn (, Martyn Davies (Music Hack Day), Chris Douridas (KCRW), Daniel Cross (Record-Play),Chris Meehan (Sentric Music Publishing), Mark Gordon (Score Draw Music), Lynden Campbell (Domino Records), Alex Lavery (Pitch And Sync), Kirsty Smith (The Warehouse Project), James Barton (Cream Holdings), Davin Nugent (Kopparberg), Bill Harry (Mersey Beat), John Robb (Louder Than War), Matthew Britton (The Pigeon Post), Kate Goodacre (The Fugutive Motel), Peter Guy (Liverpool Echo), James Morton (Make Room), James Thirkettle (Just Press Play), Craig Pennington (Bido Lito), Lousie Dodgson (The Unsigned Guide), Jon Webster (MMF), James Farrelly (AIM), Sybil Bell (FAC), Jim Mawdsley (Generator), Mick Ross (Frankie And The Heartstrings), Stephen King (Believe Digital), Mike Walsh (Xfm), Laura Lukanz (BBC), Yaw Owusu (Playmaker Group), DJ Target, Charlotte Otter (Music Week), Chantelle Fiddy (RWD),Sumit Sharma (The Hip-Hop Chronicle), Karen Boardman (Crisis Management), James Best (Harvest Sun), Richard Cheetham (High Voltage), Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling), Rachel McClelland (Rebel State), Kof, Donatella Valentina, Cavalier, DJ Semtex, Caktuz, Kate Butler (Movement), Tim Difford (The Next Web), Liam Walsh (Ask Me PR), Rebecca Rae (PushON), Christina McDermott (LIPA), Rose Forde, Jen Carey (IPR), Irina Lazareanu, Matt Luxon (Vision Artists), Francesca Hodge (All Saints), Darran Smith (Funeral For A Friend), Honey Bianchi, Dave Smith, Horace Trubridge (Musicians Union), Abigail Ridgeway(Your Choice), Scott Garrett (MAS), Danny Wareing (Right On Management), Mat Flynn (LIPA)

The Companies: AIM, Angular, A-Peer, Atom Live/ Access to Music, AudioBoo, BandApp, BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music, Believe Digital, Bido Lito, Big Fish, Brainlove, Brazil Music Exchange, Canadian Blast, Cold Storage, Dance to the Radio, Digital Music Trends, Diaspora, Develop, Ditto Music, DJ Hero, Domino, Drowned In Sound, Emubands, FAC, FACT, French Music Export, Generator, Good Tape, Just Press Play, Kendal Calling,, Liverpool Echo, Louder Than War, Make Room, Mersey Beat, Mixcloud, MMF,Mobile Roadie, Movement, Musicians Union, Music Hack Day, Music Metrics, Music Week, PIAS, PledgeMusic, Plugged In Yorkshire, PPL, PRS For Music, PRS Foundation, Radar Maker, Rebel State Productions, Record-Play, RjDj, SBTV, Sentric Music Publishing, Shazam,, SliceThePie, Sounds Australia, SoundCloud SoundOut, Sponsume, Taiwan GIO, The Camden Crawl, The Creative Cooperation, The Echo Nest, The Fugitive Motel, The Next Web, The Pigeon Press, The Unsigned Guide, Transgressive, Transparent, Universal, Vision Artists, Wardhadaway, Warner Music, Xfm, Zimbalam and more.

And last but not least, the bands –  22, 13 Band, A Time For Burning, Aaron Shanley, Aaron Wright, Above The Underground, Aias, Akala, Alessi’s Ark, Alex Highton, Alex Hulme, All Mankind, Allie Moss, Amanda Blank, Amidships, Andy Gallagher, Anna Lena And The Orchids, Anoraak, Apple Cannon, At Any Time, Battleships, Bearsuit, Beat Connection, Billy Van and Her Ranch Hands, Black Drawing Chalks, Black Eyed Dog, Black Lips, Blitz Kids, Braids, Broken Records, Bronto Skylift, Brygyda Krys, Budam, Caktuz, Canja Rave, Capac, Carmen Townsend, Cast, Cavalier, Chad Valley, Chain & The Gang, Clinic, Cloud Control, Club Smith, Cold In Berlin, Collystrings, Colorama, Colourmusic, CREEP, Cuddly Shark, Cults, Dan Parsons, Dead Cities, December Giant, Deep Sea Arcade, Dels, Delta Maid, Dinosaur Pile Up, Dirty Goods, Django Django, Don Broco, Dustland, Dutch Uncles, Duzheknew, Dz Deathrays, Eat Dr Ape, Ed Sheeran, El Toro!, Elfin Spurs, Emily & the Faves, Emmy The Great, Entreprenuers, Evelyn Burke, Fever Fever, Fiction, Fieldhouse, FILMS, Filter Distortion, Fixers, Flashguns, Forest Swords Forza, Foxx Bandits, Francesqa, Frank Turner, Fucked Up, Funeral for a Friend, Funeral Party, Funeral Suits, Fuzzy Lights, Gascan Ruckus, Ghosting Season, Grimes, Hafdis Huld, Hal Flavin, Handsome Furs, Hawk Eyes, Hello Bear, Hot Club de Paris, I Am Austin, I am Harlequin, Idiot Glee, Ikaria, In Casino Out, In-Flight Safety, IO, Jamie XX, Jazz Hands, Jean Mikhael Paskal Skaaden, Jimmy’s Parade, John Ainsworth, Johnny Sands, Jonas Alaska, Jun Tzu, Kaylide, Kid British, Kill It Kid, Kill Van Kulls, KOF, Kurt Vile & The Violators, LaFaro, Lanterns On The Lake, Laura James, Les Aus, LOVECRAFT, Lower Than Atlantis, Luke Fenlon, Man Get Out, Marina Gasolina, Marques Toliver, Mary See The Future, Mayday Parade, Mazes, Meii Waleed, Micky 9s, Middle Finger Salute, Miles Kane, MinionTV, Mishima, Modern Faces, Modern Superstitions, Moguls, Moi, Mona, Monument Valley, More Than Conquerors, Morning Parade, Mugstar, Mujeres,Muto Leo, Músicas intermináveis para Viagem, My Spiral Arm, My Tiger My Timing, My TV Is Dead, Nasser, Natalie McCool, NFL3, Niki & The Dove, Orka, Our Mountain, Over The Wall, Overflow, Owls*, Oxygen Thieves, Paula I Karol, Pete & The Pirates, Philip Selway, Picturebook, Polarsets, Prizes, Publicist, Putski, Rachel Sermanni, Ragz, Revere, Rhodes, Richard O’Flynn, Russo, Said the Whale, SBTRKT, Seekae, Seerauber Jenny, Set Your Goals, Shadow Cabinet, Shanren, Shimoji Isamu, Skeleton Keys, Smoke Fairies, Social Suicide, Sound of Guns, Sound of Rum, Spank Rock, Spark, Sparkwood&21, Stealing Sheep, Steve Mason, Stone Street, Sunfields , Super Cannes, Surreal Knowledge, Sweet Jane, Syd Matters, Target, Team Ghost, Teeth!!!, The 1930s, The Baltic Sea, The Barlights, The Big House, The Blackout, The Bleeding Knees, The Chapman Family, The Cipher, The City Walls, The Computers, The Draymin, The Envy, The Good Natured, The Heebie Jeebies, The Hollows, The Infamous, The Jezabels,The Keys, The Kicks, The King Blues, The Liberty Vessels, The Lines, The Loud The Mono LPs, The Phoenix Foundation, The Red Show, The Red Suns, The Red Suns, The Rialto Burns, The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Sand Band, The Second Grace, The Straitlaces, The Suzukis, The Temps, The Universal, The View, The Vigilantes, The Whip, The Wicked Whispers, These Electric Lives, Thomas J Speight, Those Dancing Days, Three Trapped Tigers, Tigers That Talked, Tomek Lipinski and Tilt, Tres B, Trophy Wife, Tusq, Vasco Da Gama, Veronica Falls, Viva City, Vvolves, Wave Machines, We Are Animal, We Are The In Crowd, We Are The Ocean, We Can’t Dance, We the Undersigned (WtU), White Bicyclesm, White Light, Wicked Whispers, Willy Mason, Winter Gloves, Wolf Gang, worriedaboutsatan, Wretch 32, Yasmin, Yes Cadets, Young Guns, Young Knives, Young Legionnaire, Yuck and Zeus.

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