By Sarah Westhead
The UK’s leading independent music festival for new acts returns this April at a brand-new venue and featuring an exciting line up.
Past alumni who have gone onto greater success include Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Florence and the Machine, Lizzo and many more and we’re sure that this year’s line-up will showcase more future stars.
Mountford Hall at Liverpool Guild of Students will host the festival from Saturday 29-Sunday 30 April.
Sound City 2023: One’s To Watch
Despite selling out her UK tour, Maisie has yet to perform in the Northwest. This will change when she headlines this year’s festival.
Having just released their new album, The Reytons will be returning to Liverpool Sound City this year.
Recently announced, London artistOlivia Deane will be joining the festival on Sunday.
Dylan John Thomas
Tipped to be Scotland’s next breakthrough artists, Dylan John Thomas will be performing on the Saturday line-up.
Alternative and multi-disciplinary artist, James Marriot will be bringing his unique act to Liverpool this year.
Beren Olivia has been playing guitar, singing and song writing since the age of thirteen. We are delighted that she will be bringing her unique talents to this year’s festival.
For further information on these artists and the rest of the line up please visit: www.soundcity.uk.com/lineup
Sound City Conference
The annual Sound City conference is the UK’s leading independent music conference and AIM UK’s ‘Conference in The North’. For over 15 years, Sound City has welcomed leading industry figures, emerging artists and aspiring music business professionals to Liverpool for a full-day programme of educational panels, in-conversations and networking parties.
Sound City 2023 is the must-attend event for established music professionals and aspiring creatives alike, as music lovers and industry leaders from all over the world are welcomed to the North of England for an unrivalled day of innovative, forward-thinking industry discussion. This year’s line up will feature in-conversations with Jamie Webster, Lady Leshurr and Bob Vylan plus a host of panels covering a wide range of the industry’s burning issues. Taking place on 28 April 2023, tickets for the Sound City Conference are on sale now via www.soundcity.uk.com.
New Music Friday
Ahead of the main Sound City festival weekend and rounding off the one-day conference, there will be a brand new nighttime music billing, running from 6pm-11pm on Friday 28th April titled ‘New Music Friday’. This new addition to the Sound City weekend will see the likes of Swim Deep, Beren Olivia, Michael Aldag and more perform across intimate local live music venues, as attendees are invited to explore Liverpool city centre. Sound City is renowned for uncovering new talent, with past alumni including Ed Sheeran, Lizzo, Stormzy, Grimes, Yungblud, The 1975 and more.
Having just been named ‘Best Metropolitan Festival’ at the 2022 UK Festival Awards, Sound City has an unrivalled reputation for showcasing the next wave of new music from the UK and internationally and so ‘New Music Friday’ will be the perfect way to kick off the weekend in style, explore the thriving music scene in the heart of the city and discover your next favourite artist.
Sound City Apply To Play
Sound City has partnered with Tunecore to launch their Apply To Play system for 2023 which allows emerging artists from across the country the chance to submit their music and join the 2023 festival line up. As the UK’s leading festival and conference for new music and the loudest voice championing emerging artists in the North, Apply To Play is one of the core elements of Sound City as it allows the next wave of young musicians to be heard and showcase their amazing talent to over 5,000 daily attendees.
This year’s Apply To Play winners are, Evie Moran, Nxdia, Pet Snake, Lazygirl, Winnie Ama, Esme Bridie, Alright (OKAY), Stanleys, Kaiden Nolan and Picture Parlour. Plus, Florence Noon, Lei Hope, Afreine and Bertie will be joining the line up as ‘Tunecore Buskers‘.
Sound City 2023
28 – 30 April 2023