Sound City 2017
The blue touch paper has been lit for the party of the decade – the 10th anniversary of the award-winning Sound City – the UK’s largest city based festival.
Having already announced a move to the larger Clarence Dock for 2017, Sound City has also revealed that it will host four days of festivities to mark its special birthday.
The festival launches on Thursday with a celebration of the English avant-garde featuring a trio of some of the most influential British electronic artists of the modern era – The Human League, Art of Noise and A Certain Ratio.
On Friday global music legend John Cale takes the stage with the only European performance of THE VELVET UNDERGROUND & NICO album. This will mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most important albums of all time. When announced in October last year this historical stand-alone event sold out in just 2 days. However Sound City have announced there are a limited number of additional tickets to be released. With a host of live collaborators still to be announced this show is going to be one of the most culturally significant happenings of the year.
Nu-disco doyens Metronomy top Saturday’s bill. Following last year’s hugely successful Summer 08 the quartet will be treating Sound Citizens to a genre-busting set of sublime electronica packed with hits from five studio albums. Also featured on Saturday’s impressive line-up are lo-fi rockers The Kills, nu-punk upstarts Slaves, art-pop provocateur Peaches, alt rock prodigies The Hunna, Libertines front man Carl Barat & The Jackals, feted electro-rock five piece Pumarosa, Fickle Friends and many more.
Also taking place on Saturday will be a special keynote ‘In Conversation’ piece with John Cale. This rare interview will unveil a wealth of stories and insights accrued over a career of more than 50 years. It will explore his formation of the Velvet Underground with lifelong collaborator Lou Reed. This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear the most amazing story in rock and roll from one of the most important figures from the history of popular music.
Indie rockers The Kooks are the perfect finale for this momentous weekend. Having closed the festival in 2014 The Kooks provide a knowing nod to the rich history of Sound City. In support are post-punk trio White Lies, American indie-innovators Local Natives, dance-punk agitators !!! (Chk Chk Chk), newly reformed Milburn, dreamy psych-popsters She Drew The Gun, anarcho-rockers Cabbage, The Sherlocks, Liverpool’s very own psychedelic adventurers The Vryll Society and a host of other diverse and exciting acts.
Event Date: Thursday 25th May – Sunday 28th May 2017
LOCATION: Clarence Graving Docks, Liverpool, United Kingdom
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