Festival Preview: Sound City 2021
Sound City - Liverpool | 1st - 3rd October 2021
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Sound City is returning to the streets of Liverpool to showcase the crème de la crème of hotly-tipped artists soon to be filling up your playlists.
With a reputation for highlighting the very best in new music, here's our guide to the must-see acts you've got to catch across the 1st - 3rd October weekend.
Sitting somewhere between Snail Mail and Soccer Mommy, Wyldest's dreamy combination of pop and shoegaze is a beautifully captivating ride. Hazy and nostalgic in sound, her second album 'Monthly Friend' released back in May addresses womanhood and gender stereotypes with a cutting clarity. She's a dazzling force to be reckoned with, and an act you simply can't afford to miss.
A pop star made for the digital age, the rise of Baby Queen has been impossible to ignore. Since releasing her first track during the pandemic, she's garnered a devoted fanbase, toured virtually with Yungblud and taken TikTok by storm - all before playing her first actual live show. With cleverly crafted lyrics about the facade of social media and unrequited, TV crushes, her upbeat pop masks a darker undercurrent that's just as thoughtful as it is undeniably catchy. Get down early for her set, it's going to be a busy one!
Psychedelic rock group TTRRUUCES deliver woozy, daydream-perfect melodies well-suited for long summer drives. While genre-wise they've hit the nail on the head, you'd be mistaken in thinking their approach was simple. With a rock opera for a debut album, they're a brilliant new face on the circuit, and their ability to perfectly match inventive storytelling with hazy, weaving guitars should be commended.
Cardiff-based outfit Rosehip Teahouse have perfected the warmth of confessional, bedroom-pop indie. With shimmering melodies caressing the cushioned vocals of singer Frankie Pavitt and sparkling synths perfectly matched to softly plucked guitars, if you’re into lofi, heart-on-sleeve tunes, this quintet might just be the tonic you were looking for.
Lanterns on the Lake
Following a hiatus in 2016, indie-rock group Lanterns on the Lake marked their return in 2020 with the Mercury Prize-shortlisted Spook The Herd. Atmospheric and emotive in sound, they hold tight to a deceptive urgency hidden behind lush vocals and an intimate delivery. With the quintet now back in full swing, they’re set to be one of the weekend's biggest stand out performances. Get down early!
Sound City is taking place in Liverpool across the 1st-3rd October weekend.
Buy tickets and check out the rest of the lineup here.