11 acts you must see at Sound City 2016

It’s just a few days until Sound City 2016 takes over Bramley-Moore Docks, Liverpool and in preparation we’ve put together a little list of some of the acts we think you should be seeing over the two day festival.

First up is singer, producer and remixer, Shura who graces The Atlantic Stage on Sunday. Following a busy few months performing Jools Holland and Liverpool Music Week, Shura is being hailed as one of the hottest break -out artists of the year. Her writing is influenced by time spent in South America and fuses 70’s pop and 90’s R&B. Her debut album is due for release later this year so enjoy a sneaky listen this weekend, you’re going to love it!

Up next is Liverpool five-piece band, Cavalry. Formed in 2014 and already championed by BBC Introducing, their indie sound clashes beautifully with soaring vocals to make for hauntingly good records. The lads were a hit at last year’s Sound City so much so they are back for more this year. ‘Soak’ is one of our favourite tracks, check them out on the Cavern Stage on Sunday.

Our next entry is one of the hardest working new bands, hailing from all corners of the UK (with one of those corners being Liverpool!) Judas are London based and have had one hell of a first year together. They have racked up a load of performances such as Kendal Calling, Isle of Wight and of course, Sound City 2015, and released their self-titled EP. With Backing from BBC Introducing their sound is compared to U2 and Coldplay but Judas are most definitely unique. They play the North Stage on Sunday.

Sound City has attracted our next entry all the way from the most northern point of the UK! Neon Waltz have been hailed as one of the finest British Bands 2015 by NME and count The Beatles are one of their many influences. These Scottish lads should feel right at home on the Atlantic Stage right next to the Mersey as they belt out magical vocals! Catch them on Sunday.

Having just been awarded the prestigious GIT Award 2016 and fresh from a support slot with Mumford & Sons Bill Ryder-Jones is a prize entry and scoop for Sound City 2016. Following the release of his third full-length album, West Kirby County primary, Bill has truly earned his title as a master story teller and instrumentalist. Check out his set at the Atlantic Stage on Sunday.

Sound City wouldn’t be Sound City without a rags to riches story would it? This year Catfish & the Bottlemen provide just that. After initially trying to get on the festival bill through the ‘Apply to Play’ scheme back in 2011, the near to platinum selling Llandudno rock band are now not only one of the most exciting live bands in the UK, but are also ‘living that Sound City dream’ and headlining the festival all together. With catchy and dance along rock songs, soon to be anthems – this will be a gig you simply must not miss.

He is undoubtedly the coolest bloke on the local music scene (and that was  proven with his GQ ‘Best Dressed’ award back in 2010, seriously!). But it’s not just fashion that Johnny Sands gets right, it’s music too, creating perfect electro pop through synth and analog drum machines! His first single was download of the month in The Sunday Times and following the release of ‘Postcards’ and new track ‘A Friend’ Johnny is hitting the road once again in 2016 with gigs lined up across the country. Catch Johnny on the Tall Ship Stage on Sunday.

Liverpool lads, The Stamp are next up on the list of Sound City Must See’s as they’re enjoying a wealth of well-deserved exposure following a European tour supporting The View. Connah, Andy, Benn and Hollis are four of the most down to earth scouse lads you could ever meet and their vocals remain true to their Liverpool roots. Catch them and some energetic strumming on The Tall Ship stage on Sunday. They were recently featured in the Merseyrail Sound Station podcast and you can watch their latest track ‘Fugitive’ live in session at Tankfield Studios below.

Singer/Songwriter XamVolo is a seriously focussed and talented 21 year old! Bringing his unique fusion of dark jazz and soul music, Xam has quickly gained support from Radio 1 and local music media press alike. Despite huge interest into his striking creativity from publishers and labels, Xam remains focussed on his goals, he said:” First I’ve got to set the scene and show people what I am about.” You can see for yourself as XamVolo takes to the North Stage on Saturday.

Another act bringing something different to Sound City is Congolese alternative rapper, Blue Saint. In fact, labelling him a rapper doesn’t do him justice, with the ability to mis hip-hop, RNB, Jazz and electronica, Blue Saint can add singer/songwriter, producer, poet and spoken word artist to his repertoire with absolute conviction. See this MOBO nominee perform on the Tall Ship Stage on Saturday.

We simply had to close on an absolute stalwart of scouse music didn’t we? How could we round up Sound City and not feature the legends that are The Coral? Selling over 1 million UK albums since their debut single in 2001 the band have reconvened after a 5-year hiatus with an absolute belter of an album in Distance Inbetween. We can’t wait to watch their much anticipated performance on the Atlantic Stage on Sunday.

So there you have it! For more details on the Sound City Line Up and Schedule go to www.soundcity.co.uk.

By Kate James
@katereillyjames

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