Festivals are always a great place to discover new talent, and with Liverpool being one of the most musically diverse cities it comes as no surprise that it's biggest inner-city turned dockland festival, Liverpool Sound City, has managed to host to some huge names before their break-through. Credit to them for seeing something special in these unbelievable artists.
She's since played Glastonbury so there needn't be a huge introduction for one of the biggest British female acts of this generation. In 2008, the flame-haired Florence and the Machine took to the humble stage of Liverpool's Barfly (another incarnation of what is now Arts Club), and released the debut storming success of an album Lungs the following year.
He's an international superstar and has had a collection of number ones in the UK charts - but years ago Ed Sheeran was playing smaller shows rather than filling stadiums and his 2010 Liverpool Sound City performance is one that stands out. A young and tattooless Sheeran won over a humble crowd in the Liverpool's Masque Theatre (now Arts Club) The following year his song 'The A Team' gained him worldwide recognition.
The band's 2016 headlining performance came as no surprise since they've got a huge fanbase behind them as well as two brilliant albums. What might come as a surprise though, is that it wasn't the band's Sound City debut - five years previously Catfishhad played to a humble crowd of 50 in the Attic bar.
'Queen's Speech' rapper Lady Leshurr started her musical career from small beginnings - learning about music at her local youth club. Fast forward and she's back and forth between the UK and US having been signed with Sony's RCA imprint and recently working with Rihanna's producer as well as Timberland. It's safe to say that this grime girl is on the up. Liverpool Sound City must have known this as she performed on the sticky floors of Bumper's back room in 2011.
There was definitely a bit of hubbub surroundingThe 1975prior to their 2013 Sound City appearance. The state of the Zanzibar when they hit the stage only confirmed that the indie four-piece were to be something of a success story - we're talking a completely packed out, sardine style crowd in the 300 capacity space. The band have recently won several awards and show no sign of stopping anytime soon.