After a euphoric return in October 2021 that set itself apart as the definitive home of vibrant new music no matter the genre and no matter the style, the revered Sound City heads into 2022 for another landmark year - marking its 15th Anniversary across the weekend of 30th April-1st May 2022.
Emerging across the streets of Liverpool back in 2008 as a heralded celebration of new and exciting music, Sound City has become an essential date in the diary for music fans far and wide to come together and discover the sounds of the future. Nestled in a European capital of music culture, its storied alumni who have made those first steps at Sound City reads as a who’s who of the biggest and brightest names in modern music (from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, The xx, Alt-J and Courtney Barnett to The Wombats, Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen and many more). Continuing to champion and elevate the sounds that’ll come to define the years ahead, Sound City celebrates its 15th Anniversary by doing what it does best. Pointing to the here and now.
No band have had a bigger 2021 than The Lathums. Since the very beginning, the Wigan four-piece have connected with a community of fans in a way that few others can, crossing generations with their earnest songwriting and collective sense of relief and emotion. Debut album ‘How Beautiful Life Can Be’ captured that perfectly, storming to the top of the UK Albums Chart with a debut LP full of bonafide anthems that have only grown with their latest headline tour selling out in rapid fashion. In what will be the band’s first ever festival headline slot, expect this to be a landmark moment in British indie history, and one simply impossible to miss.
To mark their first-ever festival headline performance, the first 1000 people to secure their Sound City 2022 ticket will receive a unique commemorative postcard signed by The Lathums themselves.
Also stepping up to headline one of her first major festivals is one of the most critically acclaimed artists of 2021 in Self Esteem. With her own brand of scintillating pop taking the new music world by storm, Rebecca Lucy Taylor has had a landmark 12 months - complete with five-star live reviews and universal adoration following the release of second album ‘Prioritise Pleasure’. Pioneering a new age for modern-pop, Self Esteem will take to the headline stage at Sound City 2022 for what’s sure to be an unforgettable glimpse of a new phenomenon in action.
Speaking about topping the billing at Sound City 2022, Self Esteem said:
“Positively thrilled to finally be making it to Liverpool next year, a lovely bit of font too!”
To mark the festival’s 15th Anniversary, The Lathums and Self Esteem lead an eclectic and vital batch of artists announced to touch down across the streets and stages of Liverpool City Centre in 2022. On the brink of a game-changing 2022, Yard Act head to Sound City with the sort of formidable live presence that has separated them from the pack of exciting new bands making a stir. Debut album ‘The Overload’, landing in January, is set to cement their place at the very top - with their set at Sound City bound to be a true roadblock. Continuing his rise to superstardom, Alfie Templeman heads to Sound City as an artist firmly on the rise. The Chess Club-signee has made his name as a future pop sensation that cross genres and ideas at the tip of a dime, with anthems like ‘Forever Isn’t Long Enough’, ‘Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody’ and recent single ‘3D Feelings’ pointing to an artist that by the time Sound City comes around - will be leading the way as a new artist that’ll be soundtracking 2022 and beyond. Equally set to go down as a highlight of the festival weekend is Sheffield’s own The Reytons. Debut album ‘Kids Off The Estate’ brought their thrilling indie sound to the masses, surging into the Top 20 of the UK Albums Chart with their tales of modern life reaching new levels. Bound to be a sweaty one, The Reytons at Sound City is a moment not to be missed.
Talking about their appearance at Sound City 2022, The Reytons said:
“We can't wait to return to Liverpool for Sound City! Our last visit was well overdue but a strong reminder of why we love the place so much, Scouse Reytons are up there with the best of them... Let's avit Liverpool!!”
Whether it’s the dreamy indie-pop of Abbie Ozard, genre-splicing sounds of Everyone You Know, the ethereal swoons of Matilda Mann or the swiping indie hooks of The Royson Club - these first names announced set the standard for the sort of unforgettable weekend of music discovery that Sound City has become synonymous for. With Retro Video Club, stayMellow, Buggs, Bears In Trees, Cody Frost and Fiona Lennon completing a first selection of names with a range of rising local and national ones-to-watch, Sound City 2022 promises to be the festival’s most joyful and essential edition to date. Just an early taste of what to expect from the return of Sound City, the first stop for the biggest acts on the planet to make their early mark and for fans to discover the sounds and artists ready to soundtrack the year ahead.
Music genres: Rock, Pop, Indie, Alternative, Pop Rock
ABBIE OZARD / BABY QUEEN / BEABADOOBEE / BLONDES / BROOKE COMBE / CARLA PRATA / DECO / GRACEY / HELLO DELAWARE / ISABEL NEIB / JAMIE WEBSTER / KING NO-ONE / LANTERNS ON THE LAKE / LÅPSLEY / L'OBJECTIF / MIRAA MAY / MOLLY PAYTON / MONKS / NAVOS / NOT3S / PIXEY / RED RUM CLUB / REJJIE SNOW / RIANNE DOWNEY / STANLEYS / THE LATHUMS / THE LOTTERY WINNERS / THE LUKA STATE / THE MURDER CAPITAL / THE MYSTERINES / THE ROYSTON CLUB / THE SNUTS / TOM ROGAN / TTRRUUCES /
Liverpool Sound City festival information & FAQs
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Sound CIty FAQs
When is Sound City 2022?
Sound City will take place across 30th April - 2st May 2022.
Where is Sound City?
Sound City will be taking place across multiple venues in Liverpool
How do I get to Sound City?
Sound City takes place across multiple venues in Liverpool, keep an eye out for stage/venue splits to work out your day.
How much are Sound City tickets?
Weekend tickets are £39.50, plus BFs. Get yours now from the ticket box above.
Are pre-payment plan tickets available?
No, payment plan tickets are not currently available for Sound City 2022.
What happens If I bought a ticket and cannot attend?
Unfortunately we can’t issue you with a refund if you can’t make the event due to work commitments or your mates have dropped out. In these circumstances, we advise passing on your tickets privately to avoid losing out on the money spent
Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled or postponed, as agreed upon purchase.
Does Sound City have onsite camping?
Sound City is a non-camping, metropolitan festival set in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool city centre.
Does Sound City have any age restrictions?
Sound City is a 14+ event, all under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Under 18s require proof of ID and will be issued a separate wristband. Some late night events and venues are 18+ only.
What does my Sound City festival ticket get me?
A festival ticket grants you access to all programme artists, subject to each venue’s capacity.
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Travelling to/from the festival
Liverpool John Lennon Airport is just 7 miles from the city centre. There are regular scheduled direct flights from across Europe including Belfast, Dublin, Isle of Man, Alicante, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Geneva, Madrid, Nice, Paris, Prague, Stockholm and Turin. Airlines include easyJet, flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Wizz and Eastern Airways.
Liverpool now connects with over 650 destinations across the world through KLM's Amsterdam hub. There is a low cost, half hourly bus service - the Airlink 500 - which will take you into the city centre. Also, a short bus ride to Liverpool South Parkway Merseyrail station will enable you to connect swiftly to the city centre by train. Taxis are readily available outside the airport (journey time 20 minutes).
Manchester Airport offers an alternative international gateway from all parts of the world. There is a rail link from Manchester Airport directly into Liverpool City Centre. (Journey time 1½ hours) and there are regular shuttle flights into Manchester from Britain's other major airports including Gatwick and Heathrow.
Intercity services run from major towns and cities into Liverpool Lime Street Station. The journey time from London to Liverpool is just over 2.5 hours. Links are also available to other parts of Merseyside.
The West Coast Main Line
The West Coast Main Line is a truly national railway, linking England, Wales, Scotland and, via the Holyhead Dun Laoghaire sea crossing, Eire. The main trunk route operates over the 401 miles from London Euston to Glasgow Central, with lines branching off to the West Midlands, Liverpool, Manchester and North Wales. It carries approximately 19 million passengers per year and serves 39 stations. The West Coast is the backbone of the UK rail network.
Gateway to East England
First TransPennine Express provide direct train services to Liverpool Lime Street from Manchester, Leeds, York and Middlesbrough.
There are good express connections to Liverpool from most towns and cities in Britain (to Liverpool there are half hourly services from Manchester, services every hour to York and every two hours to London and Birmingham). The National Express coach station is located in Norton Street, Liverpool City Centre. www.nationalexpress.co.uk
From the M6 the city is easily reached via the M58, M56 and M62 motorways. Liverpool city centre is approximately 45 minutes drive from Chester, Manchester and North Wales. It is just over 1 hour from Blackpool, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Moors and the Peak District National Parks, and just over 4 hours from London.
Services between Liverpool (Birkenhead) and Belfast and Dublin are operated by Norfolk Line, and between Liverpool and Douglas by the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company.
Travelling on the River Mersey is an excellent way to catch a glimpse of the spectacular and famous waterfront of Liverpool.
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The history of Liverpool Sound City festival
The name first appeared in Austin, in 2007 as a showcase event at SXSW of the best of the UK’s Northwest acts. The 'Sound City' festival arrived in Liverpool in 2008, during the Capital of Culture year. It has since gone from strength to strength, gaining massive support from both big names, and a characteristically enthusiastic crowd.
It's now a hugely respected 3 day international music, media and technology festival, as well as a live arts and music festival. The festival's philosophy is to bring the best in new music, film, and art from the far reaches of the globe to Merseyside, in an electic, much loved, heady mixture, guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.
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