Liverpool Sound City is the UK’s leading independent music festival and conference and for the last 12 years it has been taking the city by storm. This year we went along to catch all of the action, soak up the atmosphere and bring you all the best bits of the weekend.

We had a brilliant weekend exploring everything going on so we have put together a list of some of the best bits so you can find out for yourself what to expect next year!


One of the best things about the Sound City line-up is the calibre of acts that headline each night. This year we were treated to R&B singer Mabel on Saturday night. Not one to shy away from the charts, she treated the crowd to all of her smash hits with a stunning show!

Sunday night saw hip-hop star Loyle Carner close the festival with one of the biggest crowds of the weekend.

Over the years Sound City has seen some huge names headline, think Catfish and the Bottlemen, Calvin Harris and Paloma Faith - you never know who will turn up next year!


Wandering around discovering new acts is one of the best bits about heading to Sound City as you never know what future stars you might run into. Did you know Ed Sheeran and Florence and the Machine both played Sound City before they made it big? 

Ones to watch: With Red Rum Club locking out their venue and Sophie and The Giants kicking off a storm this year, we expect these bands are going to be on your radar soon!


Friday kicks off the festival with the UK’s leading independent conference for new music and is packed full of industry talks, panels, workshops and networking events. Housed in the British Music Experience in the stunning Cunard Building you can hear some of the leading experts in the industry talk all things music!

This year, the conference welcomed BBC Introducing’s Huw Stephens, Dave Rowntree of Blur and Erin Tonkon the producer who worked on David Bowie’s last album, to name a few. 


It’s not just about the live music, there is all sorts of weird and wonderful things going on round every corner you turn. From the smallest stage in the world hosting poetry sessions to ukulele performances, street performance art, screen printing workshops and everything in between - you won't know where to start!   


With the festival being held in The Baltic Triangle - the city’s coolest part of town - it means that you get to check out all the new venus you might not have seen before.

Venues like Constellations, District, Brick Street Gardens and On Air opened up their doors for some great acts with outdoor stages taking up whole streets! You never know, you might find your new favourite spot to hang out in. 


Sound City is a jam packed weekend of running around trying to catch your favorite bands and jumping up and down at the front of the crowd so keeping the energy levels up with some good food is important!

We went down to the Baltic Market for lunch and it didn’t disappoint. With loads of local independent street food vendors serving up the best food ideal for a festival; it adds that extra something to the weekend. There are plenty of bars and coffee shops to hydrate and rest your legs in too. Make sure you check out Ditto Coffee and the Botanical Garden whilst you're out exploring. 


The Great British weather is famously unpredictable but this year we got lucky! With plenty of sun and not a drop of rain, the bank holiday weekend weather proved successful in helping everyone enjoy Sound City to the fullest. 


Sound City makes for the perfect excuse to also check out some of The Baltic Triangle’s famous street art, especially the Liver Wings! Artist, Paul Curtis has painted some giant Liver Bird wings on a wall on Jamaica street and is the perfect spot to get your festival selfie. There were people queueing up to get their shot over the weekend!

Check out our blog on where to find some of Liverpool’s best street art for your next trip to the city. 

Wishing it was another weekend in my favourite city

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You don't get a much better crowd of music lovers than in Liverpool. We're a UNESCO City of Music and have been voted as one of the friendliest cities in England for a good reason! Whether you're visiting the city for the festival or a local checking out some new music, everyone is just up for a good time discovering their new favourite band.

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This blog post has been written by Sophie Shields, Digitial Marketing Assistant for Marketing Liverpool.

Sophie is from Liverpool, loves all things music, particularly the local music scene and Liverpool FC.