Liverpool Sound City
Ellie Moore
Talent Programme Officer
7th June 2016
Liverpool Sound City

As I've returned from Sound City in Liverpool, I've listed my favourites from the weekend (in no particular order).

1.    She Drew the Gun -  Poem

The Talent Programme supported She Drew the Gun through our 2015 partnership with Merseyside Arts Foundation. The band have gone from strength to strength and were recently announced as the winner of the 2016 Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition. It was great to see them finally play live and hear the audience singalong with Poem!

2.    Howling OwlBite Me

Howling Owl are a duo from Latvia, they make AMAZING sounds which they call avant-pop - it is well worth having a listen!

3.    Bantam Lyons

Bantam Lyon were at Sound City as part of the French music contingent and they were amazing! The band will be back in Liverpool for the International Festival of Psychedelia in September.

4.    Living HourSummer Smog

The lead singer from Living Hour played the trombone which for me makes her super cool! They play psychedelic dream pop and are from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

5.    Wake Island - Never Entirely There

Another band that came over to play from Canada were Lebanese electronic rock duo Wake Island. Their Madonna cover went down a treat.

6.    Lottery WinnersElizabeth

2015 Emerging Artist Fund favourites the Lottery Winners played a super fun set and were absolutely hilarious as ever!

7.    Xam Volo - Runners High

I heard of Xam Volo through our friends the Liverpool International Music Festival (he was a most ready artist in 2015) and he didn’t disappoint. He has the most wonderful voice and his music is a blend of jazz and neo-soul which he describes as “a messy mind over raw, dark jazz grooves”, go see him live if you can.

8.    Pink Kink

I just LOVED every minute of watching Pink Kink, they have the best energy and songs, but they are so cool that they don’t put any music online, so if you want to hear them go see a show!

9.    Floating Points (live) Nespole

I was so excited to see Floating Points live, as I have been a fan for years and I was gutted when I missed out on tickets to the Brixton show. I think his set even included a viola solo – well I think it did.

10.  Bill Ryder Jones - Catherine and Huskisson

Bill Ryder Jones writes the most beautiful songs, Catherine and Huskisson (although it makes me almost cry with nostalgia for living in the same part of Liverpool) is one of my favourites.