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Liverpool Sound City welcomes the best in new music with bands from across the world and it will be back in May 2019 for more of the same!
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Born in Malaga, raised in Spain and spending 10 years in Stockholm, soulful singer Mabel has finally placed her roots in London. Daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, she was raised in a home with a bass heavy recording studio. She started playing piano at the age of five, inspired by R&B and choreographing routines to Destiny’s Child and Lauryn Hill with her sister. As a teen she avoided the musical path of her parents but then enrolled to study production and music theory at college in Stockholm but later changed her mind, and in 2015 she released her debut single Know Me Better which became a BBC Radio 1 Track Of The Day. After bubbling around the lower regions of the charts, in 2019 she had her first UK top 5 single with 'Don't Call Me Up'.
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Dubbed by The Guardian as 'the sentimental face of Grime', South Londoner Loyle Carner is an actor turned rapper. With a drama degree behind him, it seems rap has become his real destiny. His sound has a laid-back flow and beats which combine with old school hip-hop and UK influences. Following a tour and collaboration with spoken word artist Kate Tempest on her single 'Guts', Loyle went on to support Nas at the O2 Arena, then released his highly acclaimed debut album 'Yesterday's Gone' in 2017, which was nominated for the prestigeous Mercury Music Prize award. Success went higher with 2019's follow-up, 'Not Waving, But Drowning', which reached no.3 on the UK album chart.
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'Louis Berry hails from the city of Liverpool. A switch blade songwriter with a voice of soul. Through politics and crime, love and loss Louis sets its straight. Only recently has music become the escape route for Louis from his past. A chance conversation led to a meeting with a producer that led to a studio session that led to a band. Having only been singing and writing songs for the last couple of years life moves fast for Louis who signed a publishing deal straight after his explosive debut gig for BBC Introducing.'
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The Magic Gang
The slacker-rock quartet have spun up a neat formula of chugging Weezer college rock and languid, lilting Mac Demarco guitar lines bound to get you singing along drunkenly into your mates face.
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Brighton three-piece Our Girl are singer/guitarist Soph Nathan, bassist Josh Tyler and drummer Lauren Wilson. Nathan’s honest, personal lyrics float in a delicious array of sounds: rhythmic drum and guitar hooks make dynamic jumps to thick garage-rock riffs, then suddenly cut to beautiful, intimate moments of lone guitar and reverb-hugged vocals.
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Hailing from the coastal town of Portaferry, Northern Ireland, hotly tipped singer-songwriter Ryan McMullan has already earned a reputation for his scintillating live shows. Combining infectious, blues infused melodies with bold sweeping choruses; he is often compared to the likes of Foy Vance and Bon Ivor. 'Portaferry’s young answer to Foy Vance has an ample sleeve that he has acoustically displayed his heart on. Extremely promising!' BBC ATL NI
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100% live hip-hop.
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Previously known as allusondrugs, this 5 piece from Castleford, West Yorkshire now go under the new moniker of allusinlove. They will reignite your love for scuzzy riffs and mushroom trips. In their own words, they have “the head of Simply Red, the Neck of Nirvana, the Shoulders of Deftones, the Belly of Pixies, the Sexual organs of Placebo, the legs of My Bloody Valentine and the feet of Sonic Youth.”
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Named after a Nigerian state capital, Benin City is Theo Buckingham on drums, Tom Leaper on tenor sax, and Joshua Idehen on rhymes. Joshua met Theo Buckingham at a squat party. They struck up a loud friendship and decided to make more organised noises together. They drafted in Tom to arrange their babble into music. Voila! As a band, they've been played and championed by Jon Kennedy, Jon Hillcock, Scroobius Pip and Eddy Temple Morris (XFM) Edith Bowman and Tom Robinson (BBC6). They have gained accolades and fans for their energetic live performances, having supported Soweto Kinch, VV Brown, Moko and Youngblood Brass band.
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Psych-pop six-piece from Bristol. Originally highly active members of Bristol’s progressive jazz music scene, Cousin Kula bonded over their shared love for an eclectic range of music from pop and psych through to prog, disco and afrobeat. 'You can tell from the first listen that there’s a spark behind this band' - NME 'Cousin Kula instantly infect your brain - it's only a matter of time before they become national, not just local, favs' - Line of Best Fit
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Rising vocalist-songwriter-musician. Emily’s vocals have already drawn comparison to artists such as Alessia Cara, Nao, Jessie Ware and Tori Kelly and her unique R&B Pop sound and stand out vocals are creating a strong industry buzz.
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Dancing On Tables
Dancing On Tables are a five piece vintage indie rock band hailing from Dunfermline in Scotland, entertaining in venues across Scotland. Alongside their own headline performances, they have also supported some exciting names in music: Embrace, Will And The People, Model Aeroplanes and Fatherson to name a few. "Chock-full of gutsy guitar hooks, driving drums, vocal and guitar distortions, wrapped in an undeniably charismatic, angsty Scottish accent" - Gigslutz
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Giant Rooks are an indie pop band from the city of Hamm in Germany. Founded in 2014, they gained attention in 2016 at the NRW KULTURsekretariat, winning the newcomer category of the popNRW-Preis. The group is composed of Frederik Rabe, Finn Schwieters, Luca Göttner, Finn Thomas und Jonathan Wischniowski.
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Formed in May 2017 in Bristol, through friendship, and a desperate need for artistic and sonic self-expression, Heavy Lungs went on a frenetic spree. From the first packed out show at Crofters Rights, to recording an EP in 3 days, a raucous set at Simple Things, to supporting Idles then Metz. This is the beginning. This is Heavy Lungs.
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East London born and bred Jvck James is already creating a buzz with his blend of Jamaican roots and tasteful soul music taking in influences from the 90s greats such as D’Angelo and Lauryn Hill whilst giving a nod to the likes of Khalid and Frank Ocean. Graduating from ELAM (East London Academy Of Music), young Jvck has been mixing his studies with song-writing sessions for the last year, laying the foundations of what promises to be a very exciting next chapter in his life.
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Red Rum Club
'Red Rum Club are a alternative rock sextet from Liverpool that formed in 2014, combing sounds of old and new channelling ‘Tarntino-esque’ wild western vibes with the help of a solitary trumpet. Amongst the 80s Liverpool influence they also deliver a modern twist of poetic yet catchy lyrics and melodies that blend to make the sound that is unmistakably, Red Rum Club.'
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Scalping are the Bristol outfit of James Rushforth, Alexander Hill, Isaac Jones and Jamie Thomas, armed with a battery of squelching synths, animalistic rhythms and gritty, piercing guitars. Scalping craft truly unique music, informed by Hill’s deep knowledge of idiosyncratic electronics, Jones’ tendency towards instrumental hooks, Rushforth’s Bristolian techno and Thomas’ doom metal influences. They formed in 2017 through a love of Bristol’s visionary off-the-wall dance music and full throttle noise and punk.
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Sophie And The Giants
Sophie and the Giants are practitioners of innovative, left-leaning pop: a raw fusion of collective influences, which range from the likes of Siouxsie Sioux to Blondie and Jamie T. The band was formed by Sophie (vocals), Chris Hill (drums), Bailey Stapledon (bass) and Toby Holmes (guitar) while all four of them were still at college. Shortly after, they moved to their adoptive hometown of Sheffield where they’ve been refining their intense, life-affirming sound and rapidly expanding set of songs which have since taken them on tour with the likes of Tom Grennan, Yonaka and Reverend and The Makers.
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Spinn are a four-piece from Liverpool who create their own kind of jangly guitar pop. They are made up of lead singer and guitarist Jonathon Quinn, lead guitarist and keyboard player Andy Power, bassist and backing vocalist Sean McLachlan and drummer George Whitehead. "The band refer to themselves as the connoisseurs of Jangly Dream Pop and it's now apparent that we are graciously in awe of their haircuts and euphonious sound" - Purple Revolver
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Making vicious, emotionally mature art rock that’s as deeply layered as it is visceral, they’re a band as likely to break your heart on record as they are to tear your face off live, with frontman Peter Harrison’s nuanced songwriting and impressive vocal range possessing an emotional depth seldom found in such a young artist. The trio of weird-rock misfits are equally at home delivering tight, staccato grooves as they are expansive hip-shaking choruses, with rhythm section Bex Denton and Jack Sanders providing the perfect foundation for Harrison’s freaky guitar colourations and his intensely passionate, crystal-clear voice. Pin-balling erratically from hellbent rock to masterfully adept emotive soundscapes, theirs is a sonic arsenal littered with diversity, be it tender balladry, lurching epics, or out-and-out primal anger.
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Tamu Massif didn’t come around in an instant. Originally writing his songs on guitar, Dave Dixon realised there was more to his music than the usual acoustic-rouse and began experimenting with sounds old and new, incorporating psychedelia, lo-fi indie, electronica and bedroom pop Written, recorded and produced at his home in Weston-super-Mare before being mixed in Bristol with (Perfume Genius, Youth Lagoon and PJ Harvey collaborator) Ali Chant, his material is a mirage of thick vocals, reversed guitar and Logic-heavy inspiration.
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An indie rock 3-piece from Edinburgh who formed in January 2016 and burst onto the Scottish music scene with hooky choruses and radio ready tunes.
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Funk / Punk / Indie / Soul five-piece from South London. Bursting at the seams with punk energy, with the patter of the Streets, the spittle of Mark E. Smith, and the underground spirit of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, combined with the frenzy, rage and exasperation of their youth. Their reputation as one of the best new live bands in London is cemented following tours with The Garden and Fat White Family and shows with The Fall, King Gizzard, Slaves and more.
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A post-rock (ish) band from Liphook, now based in Brighton. The three-piece, featuring Ben Gregory (vocals), Frank Wright (bass) and Harris McMillan (drums) combine poetic fragility wih musical subtlety.
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Confidence Man are a Brisbane-based band who have performed their quirky pop, electronic and funk sounds since their debut single in 2016.
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The Tea Street Band
Liverpool's Tea Street Band are a mutilation in its most extreme that combines 808 State with Doves and the gang mentality of The Happy Mondays. The band have developed a remix and production relationship with fellow Liverpudlian Kooky Music.
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An indie rock four piece band from York who formed in March 2012. They play completely original material from smooth chilled melodic vibes to raw expressive rock filled with hyper hooks, rockin' riffs, catchy choruses and endless energy. They have been hyped by Huw Stephens and supported by 6Music and XFM. King No-One? These guys are most definitely somebodies.
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Self-described as 'soul with a sprinkling of pop', London singer / songwriter Kara Marni has a voice beyond her years, with soaring, vocals and a distinct sound that sets her firmly in her own lane. With her adolescent years being soundtracked by classic soul artists that were championed by her parents, it was on the school run while hearing her mum playing Minnie Riperton’s Loving You that her interest in music was fully realised.
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Clean Cut Kid
Livepool Indie/Alternative four-piece Clean Cut Kid deliver infectious ear-worm indie-pop melodies with autobiographical lyircs, once described as “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water”. Their influences range from the current sounds of Arcade Fire and St. Vincent to legends like Bowie and Talking Heads. "One listen and you're sucked into a world of dirty melodies, infectious harmony hooks, glistening choral swells and reference points including US lo-fi pop and Fleetwood Mac. The latter of which is rather apt, given two of the band, Mike and Evelyn are married" - Liverpool Echo.
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This Aussie singer-songwriter has been creating waves in the music industry with her songs about the hard-hitting topics of our times.
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Paris Youth Foundation
Liverpool alternative rock five-piece Paris Youth Foundation 'are fast on their way to joining that crop of young musicians ready to spearhead the British wave' - NME. 'Like all your favourite indie bands rolled into one. Think The Strokes meet Wolf Alice, and you’re halfway there' - NME
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RuthAnne is an Irish singer / songwriter who started singing and songwriting when she was just eight years old, performing in musical theatre productions through her stage school and regularly taking the mic at karaoke bars, winning free drinks for her parents. Inspired by the likes of Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys, RuthAnne's 2017 solo debut found the missing link between gritty nineties RnB and seventies songwriter storytelling. In 2007, she achieved the ASCAP Songwriters “Best Pop Song” Award for Jojo, She continued with a string of smash hits including Britney Spears’ RIAA platinum-certified 'Work Bitch', One Direction’s 'Where Do Broken Hearts Go' and 'No Control', Pentatonix’s 'Misbehavin’, Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha’s 'In The Name Of Love', and many more. In 2017 she co-wrote almost half of Niall Horan’s debut solo album 'Flicker', including the US #1 hit 'Slow Hands' and the Maren Morris duet, 'Seeing Blind'. But now she has emerged from the background to perform herself.
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Dot, Goodies, Harry Miller, Indigo Lo, Molly Rainford, Monks, Roman Lewis, Saltwater Sun, Tracky, The Jungle Giants, Benny Mails, LibraLibra
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