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Sound City Festival is back in the heart of Liverpool for 2021

The leading festival for independent music returns to the vibrant streets of Liverpool City Centre this October. Whether you want to dance until you physically can’t, sing your favourite song at the top of your lungs, or discover some new wonderful talent, Sound City is what you’ve been looking for.

Returning later in the year than usual, there’s not a drop of autumnal rain that could stop this years festival being anything other than spectacular. If you’ve never attended before and need selling on it before you go, here’s what you need to know. Champions of independent music, Sound City is a hot spot for the best and brightest. Rising stars play side by side with local legends and established artists. It is borderline impossible to leave without finding a new favourite act, and this years lineup only furthers this point!

The cream of the crop of local music can be found from the top of the bill to the bottom, with a headline performance from the dazzlingly groovy Red Rum Club off the back of their sensational 2020 album 'The Hollow of Humdrum', as well as a must-see showcase from local legend, singer-songwriter Jamie Webster who rose to national stardom alongside Liverpool’s Champions League win in 2019 with 'Allez Allez Allez'. The pride of Wigan will take to the stage to perform fan-favourites and tracks off their new album (which will be released by the time of the festival), 'How Beautiful Life Can Be', as The Lathums continue on their sensational rise. Headline performances come from Dirty Hit’s own Beabadoobee who will bring Friday to a close and kick the festival fully into swing with Y2K brilliance as Rejjie Snow will end proceedings in their Sunday night headline slot.

Truly unmissable performances are everywhere you look over the weekend. The insanely catchy and genre defying Not3s stars, Pixey will provide inescapable dreamy pop-euphoria, while the astonishing tones of Alex Amor and Bedroom-Pop wonder Abbie Ozard deserve your full attention. Dublin noise-makers The Murder Capital and Liverpool's very own Polar States are no doubt set to tear the roof off.

Sound City’s essence lies in the perfect mix of the truly staggering lineup of talent, the addictive spirit of one of the nations greatest cities, and the incredible independent venues in which the artists perform.

Tickets are still available here and you can check out our playlist for the weekend below. We can’t wait to see you there!

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