Sound City will return to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle and Cains Brewery on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday, May 5 in 2019.
The live arts and music showcase will be preceded by the Sound City+ business conference, which will take place on the first UK summer bank holiday of 2019 – Friday, May 3.
The new dates come with the announcement that Sound City 2018 contributed £1.15m to the Liverpool City Region and £1.43m to England’s economy.
This year, Sound City became one of the regularly funded National Portfolio Organisations of Arts Council England – the national development body for arts and culture across England.
Sound City’s NPO status means it receives support for artist and industry development work across Sound City and Sound City+, as well as its Sound City Korea, Off the Record and Sound City Music Entrepreneur Training events throughout the year.
According to the company, Sound City has worked with over 3,000 emerging artists and 20,000 industry professionals since its inception in 2008.
The Sound City music festival filled more than 20 venues across Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle this year, with over 250 acts playing in front of almost 7,000 fans.
“We’re really proud of the fact that we continue to generate millions of pounds for the Liverpool and wider English economy.”
Becky Ayres, Sound City
Becky Ayres, Sound City’s COO, said: “We could not have asked for a better Sound City this year. It was a real demonstration of what the great city of Liverpool is all about. The festival embraced its musical heritage but brought everything very much into the now, showcasing many local artists tipped for success, as well as seeing packed venues for the likes of the DMA’s, Peace, Slow Readers Club and so many more. We always set out to promote Liverpool’s rich culture, as well as that of the wider northern region, and combine it all with a sense of intimacy and discovery.
“We’re also really proud of the fact that we continue to generate millions of pounds for the Liverpool and wider English economy. We’ve had excellent support from Arts Council England across not just the Sound City festival but Sound City+, Sound City Korea, Off the Record and Sound City Music Entrepreneur Training throughout the year, which has been a real boost for young artists and executives. We are already working hard to ensure another exciting edition for 2019.”
Pictured: IDLES playing at Constellations during Sound City 2018. Credit: Jazamin SinclairMusic Business Worldwide