Liverpool’s iconic Sound City, the UK’s leading independent festival and industry conference for emerging music, arts and discovery, returns for its 13th year across 1–3 May 2020.
Widely regarded as one of Europe’s most innovative and pioneering festivals, Sound City is a true celebration of the eclectic underground, the next generation of maverick talent and those who have already reached the top of their respective games.
Sound City 2020 and its Sound City+ conference will bring together 100s of artists, performers, labels, collectives, speakers, thinkers, showcases, collaborators, panels and more from around the world for an unrivalled three days and nights, sound-tracked by some of the most electric talent from around the world.
The festival has announced its first set of headline artists:
- Pale Waves – goth-pop band fronted by Heather Baron-Gracie, emboldened from last year’s sell out tour and their critically acclaimed debut album
- The Blinders
- Tim Burgess (ex-The Charlatans)
- The Lathums
- Stealing Sheep
- The Mysterines
- Jamie Webster
- The Lottery Winners
Further support comes from
- Abbie Ozard
- Alfie Neale
- Bessie Turner
- Catholic Action
- Diving Station
- Far Caspian
- Grace Lightman
- On Video
- Para Fiction
- Sam Calver
- Social Contract
- Sophie and the Giants
Many more artists will be revealed soon.
Sound City is also the UK's lead partner for Keychange. In 2019, Sound City+ was proud to achieve a 50/50 gender split throughout its speakers. The festival’s lineup champions gender equality and its first announcement is close to achieving parity towards the pledge for an equal gender split by 2022.
Rebecca Ayres, Sound City’s Managing Director, says: “For our 13th year, we will continue to champion the very best sounds the UK has to offer across an incredibly diverse spectrum, as well as reaching out around the world to brilliant artists making a difference. Liverpool is the perfect backdrop for our festival and conference, and working again with the Arts Council England and a range of partners, we are determined to create a weekend and wider series of events and showcases which will once more shape the agenda for music, arts and culture across the UK and beyond. We cannot wait to be back.”
Pale Waves, headliners for Sound City 2020 / Image: Liverpool Sound City