Review: Liverpool Sound City, Day One

Review: Liverpool Sound City, Day One

Last month’s Liverpool Sound City saw star names, brilliant Next Big Things and a smattering of BIMM artists take to the stage. Noa Lou Enderli tried to see as many as possible

On the first afternoon of Liverpool Sound City, the main open air venue, the Atlantic Stage, hosted an eclectic line-up of bands, starting with Estrons, who delivered an energetic show à la Paramore, but with a more alternative edge. 

On the close-by Cavern Stage, The Golden Age of TV showcased their atmospheric indie rock accented with experimental funk. 

The neighbouring Baltic Stage had a very different feel as noisy old school glam-style rockers Generation played a set that mixed metal riffs with Arctic Monkeys-esque indie rock. 

The smaller Pirate Stage hosted an impressively confident Mozart's Sister and their captivating Clean Bandit meets Ellie Goulding electro-pop show. 

Back at the Atlantic Stage, Vant’s long-haired punk rock masters delivered a buzzing show, followed by the summer pop tunes and intricate synth pads of Radio 1 favourites, (and former BIMM students) Fickle Friends. 

Carl Barât & The Jackals wowed the crowd before The Hunna’s rock riffs-filled pop had the crowd jumping and swaying like palm trees in the wind. 

As the day unfolded, there was set after set from Slaves to The Kills to electro-pop headliners Metronomy, with their phenomenal live energy and genius electronic melodies. 

Elsewhere, a barefoot Lauren Rycroft’s strummed folk ballads while The Magic Gang’s heavy bass would have been enough to bring a building down. The passionate riffs and heavy synth pads of Sleeptalking grabbed the attention, particularly since the band is led by a young Mick Jagger lookalike whose undone shirt and erratic moves invoked a vintage rock vibe in the midst of all the digital sounds. 

BIMM itself was proudly represented on stage by the cool and unique shows of London’s Tom Dunne, Brighton’s FUR, Manchester’s Crimsons, Bristol’s Chay Snowdon and Dublin’s Æ Mak.

Words by Noa Lou Enderli

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