Liverpool Sound City 2017
Liverpool Sound City turns 10 in 2017, and they’re celebrating with a killer bill that extends from John Cale to Peaches. We’ve trawled through an embarrassment of riches on the line-up to select our top picks of the weekend. Here’s who you should be watching between 25th and 28th May at Liverpool Waters, Clarence Dock.
John Cale & Guests
Arguably the most influential debut album of all time, The Velvet Underground & Nico still sounds fresh 50 years on from its original release. To mark the anniversary, John Cale has assembled an all-star cast to reinterpret songs from it during a special show. Head to the Clarence Dock on May 25th to hear Gruff Rhys, The Kills, Wild Beasts, Nadine Shah, Fat White Family and Clinic put their unique twist on ‘I’m Waiting For The Man’, ‘Femme Fatale’ et al.
The Japanese House
Amber Bain’s been on our radar since early 2015, when she shared ‘Still’, the single she worked on with members of The 1975. More than two years, we’re no closer to hearing an album, but we’re two EPs deep and as hooked on her lush yet spacious dream-pop as ever. Thanks to tours with The 1975 and support from the likes of Zane Lowe and the BBC Sound Of comittee, Bain doesn’t seem destined to play intimate venues for too much longer, either. Grab the chance while you still can.
Fatigued with full-band records and lengthy tours, Joe Mount stripped everything back for Metronomy’s fifth album, working alone with the aim of creating, “Ten tracks, straight up, upbeat.” Thankfully, he’s since changed his mind about the touring part, because ‘Old Skool’, ’16 Beat’ and the rest of the songs from Summer 08 are going to sound excellent interspersed between classic, electro-pop bangers like ‘The Bay’, ‘Heartbreaker’ and ‘You Could Easily Have Me’.
More from the line-up
- There’s always this idea that you have to be completely serious when you’re making art, and I think you can make art as the clown.
- People are still holding on to that idea that age and wisdom correlate, but I know a lot of young people who are a lot wiser than older people.
- I’ve only ever seen anything that’s ever happened as positive. I feel crazy-lucky that I’ve got a career.