Michael Kiwanuka Joins Professor Green For Sound City Spectacular

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BBC Sound Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka joins Professor Green, White Denim and Death In Vegas for annual Sound City spectacular. Mystery Jets, Alkaline Trio, Slow Club, Willy Mason, Ghost Poet, The Jezabels, (ALT-J), Niki and the Dove, Toy and mor

BBC Sound Of 2012 winner Michael Kiwanuka joins Professor Green, White Denim and Death In Vegas for annual Sound City spectacular
Mystery Jets, Alkaline Trio, Slow Club, Willy Mason, Ghost Poet, The Jezabels, (ALT-J), Niki and the Dove, Toy and more artists confirmed
Dutch Uncles and Poland’s finest Paula and Karol added to inaugural New York Sound City event in March, headlined by The La’s playing their first New York show in 20 Years.
Tickets almost sold out for New York Sound City.  Last few available for the conference.
Liverpool Sound City, the 3 day international music, media and technology conference and live arts and music festival returns in May with another bold and innovative music programme and forward thinking conference. With Professor Green, White Denim and Death In Vegas announced as the first wave of artists, the 5th Liverpool Sound city is well on the way delivering its finest line up yet.  Announced today are a host of new artists who represent all that is pioneering and captivating in contemporary music.
Michael Kiwanuka was the winner of the BBC’s esteemed Sound Of 2012 poll, judged by all the key players in the music industry.  Signed to the Mumford and Son’s endorsed Communion Records, Michael Kiwanuka has toured with Laura Marlin and Adele and performs the bluesy, soulful, folk from his ‘Home Again’ album.  Mystery Jets release their 4th studio album in April and continue their slow burn ascendancy with quirky pop and harmony splashed tunes that are big and vibrant.  

Alkaline Trio are a huge draw with a young, frenzied following.  Their turbo charged anthems are a potent mix of uplifting punk melodies and decidedly dark lyrics.  Slow Club‘s saccharine folk-pop and heart bursting songs are sure to be a festival highlight as are Willy Mason’s facetious anecdotes and colourful yarns.  A must see is Ghost Poet who made the shortlist for the 2011 Mercury Music Prize.  So won over was Gilles Peterson by his hypnotic lullabies that he signed him to his Brownswood Recordings label.  
Alt- J have been tipped by everyone as an act to watch in 2012 and make the short trip across the Pennines to Liverpool from Leeds whilst from further afield, Sound City is delighted to welcome Australian indie darlings, The Jezabels.  Two other acts who have been making a stir on the music scene of late are Swedish duo Niki and the Dove who make goth tinged electro-pop and The Horrors endorsed Toy whose music is inspired by the speedy garage psychedelica of the late 60’s and German art rock of the early 70’s.
Acclaimed as the most influential live music platform for new and emerging artists, Liverpool Sound City will also play host to Forest Swords, The History of Apple Pie, Bear In Heaven, Folks, The Computers, Still Flyin', Jonquil, Shields, Towns, PINS and Bleached.
Uniquely for a city centre festival, Liverpool Sound City does not just showcase acts in traditional venues and this year performances will take place in warehouses, bombed out churches and a range of other locations giving fans a once in a lifetime chance to see bands in such captivating surroundings.
One of the key new additions to the Sound City event will be Sound City Expo, an event that brings together the newest and most forward thinking exhibitors to the Echo Arena, providing access for both consumers and music/digital professionals to the people, tools and services they will need as we move ever onwards in the digital age.  Sound City Expo will focus on the current and future intersection of music, art, business and technology - giving a real insight into what is possible in the modern age.

Published on 20 February 2012 by Ben Robinson

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