festivals: liverpool sound city 2017 preview

Artists headlining and performing at the tenth anniversary of Liverpool Sound City have been announced, including big names such as: Slaves, Peaches, White Lies and The Human League.

Taking place from Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 May at Liverpool Waters, Clarence Dock, the tenth Sound City birthday party is expected to be bigger, better and sell-out quicker than ever before. Headliners of the 2017 event include: The Human League (Thursday), John Cale Presents The Velvet Underground & Nico (Friday), Metronomy (Saturday) and The Kooks (Sunday).


Famous for boasting breakthrough acts and big names, the inner-city festival – where the likes of: Catfish & The Bottlemen, Belle & Sebastian and the Flaming Lips have played –  is only twenty minutes from Liverpool centre, making it both easy to get to and affordable to attend, with Weekend tickets coming in at £65.

Acts announced for Liverpool Sound City 2017 so far:


Thursday 25 May:

The Sound City anniversary celebrations kick off on Thursday 25 May, with a special show from iconic Sheffield electronic new wave band, The Human League.  The legends will bring all their hits to Liverpool Waters, Clarence Dock, alongside some other famous faces including: Manchester’s A Certain Ratio and avant-garde pop-group Art Of Noise performing a reboot of their second LP In Visible Silence.

Tickets for The Human League with Special guests are currently available from £49.50 with a V.I.P Upgrade available. Click here for tickets.



Friday 26 May:

Proudly entertaining the only European performance of John Cale & Guests Present: The Velvet Underground & Nico, Sound City have scored a juicy headliner for their Friday night.  May 26 is set to be phenomenal and unforgettable, a serious treat for Sound City goers.  Additional tickets have just been released for the event due to massive demand however these have also sold out.  Keep your eyes peeled on Dice to see whether any available tickets suddenly spring up!

Tickets for John Cale & Guests Present: The Velvet Underground & Nico are currently not available for purchase.



 Saturday 27 May:

The first day of the main event, Sound City 2017, will be headlined by non-other than indie-electronic darlings, Metronomy.  Bringing their Summer 08’ album to the live stage, expect the unexpected as they headline the Saturday night in Liverpool.  Think colour, think excitement and think of the bazaar: It’s gonna feel so gooooood.

Alongside this gigantic driving force, are the likes of: The 1975’s tour partner, The Japanese House, the two-piece who need no introduction, Slaves, The Hunna and Peaches, who is already poised and prepared to ‘Fuck the pain away’. With doors from 12pm and the headline set curfew being at 11pm, you have a whole eleven hours of blaring music to immerse yourself in.

Tickets for the Saturday of Sound City are currently available from £35.   Click here for tickets.



Sunday 28 May

They are not saying it was your fault, although Sound City you seriously could not have done more: headlining the final night of celebrations is none other than the mighty Kooks.  With a cult-like following, and a discography spanning eleven years, the Brighton-born band is sure to close Sound City 2017 with a performance bubbling with wonder and nostalgia.  Is there a better way to spend your Sunday evening?  In bed with a hot water bottle, chocolates and The Office (US)?  Close: but definitely not close enough.

Elsewhere on the Sunday bill, you can find yourself grooving down on Clarence Dock to political heavyweights Cabbage, She Drew The Gun, the band with the bangers !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk), Miburn and post-punk revival three-piece, White Lies.

Tickets for the Sunday of Sound City are currently available for £35Click here for tickets.



Acts announced for Liverpool Sound City:

Thurday 25 May

A Certain Ratio | Art Of Noise’s In Visible Silence | Dudley, Jeczalik, Langan| The Human League

Friday 26 May

John Cale & Guests present: The Velvet Underground and Nico

Saturday 26 May

Be Charlotte | Carl Barat & the Jackals | Fickle Friends | The Hunna | The Japanese House | Judas | The Kills | The Magic Gang | Metronomy | Pale Waves | Peaches | Pumarosa | Slaves | Touts

Sunday 27 May

April | Cabbage |The Kooks |  Local Natives | Milburn | Paris Youth Foundation | She Drew The Gun | The Sherlocks | The Shimmer Band | White Lies | Zuzu | !!! (Chk, Chk, Chk)

Ella Scott


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