Sound City, the latest edition of the award-winning metropolitan festival of live music and arts, takes place on the Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May 2018 to kick-start the UK season in style. Early bird tickets go on sale at 9am today.

The festival has earned a reputation for its inventive use of a wide variety of spaces over the years – from cavernous warehouses, through to setting up a stage on the banks of the Mersey, and this is set to continue in the spring. Though in 2018, Sound City will return back to the city centre, and back to its original roots. The festival will take over a pioneering location offering a much more intimate experience, with the chance to discover 100s of new artists, and experience headline acts across myriad spaces. The new venue will be revealed in the coming weeks.

New for 2018, Sound City Satellite will take the globally acclaimed Sound City model to key towns between Manchester and Liverpool as well as along the M62 corridor in the North of England.

As ever, Sound City 2018 will deliver breakthrough acts and major names both from the UK and abroad, as well as a host of independent record label parties and showcases, collaboratively working with a broad range of innovative partners. 2018’s programming will be partly curated by special guests including Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes, Kendal Calling, Bluedot, Greg Wilson, Domino, Moshi Moshi and many more, representing an even wider range of music and arts for all.

Artist applications for Sound City 2018 will be open soon for anyone wishing to perform in May 2018, with more info from the festival to follow next week. With almost, 7,000 bands having applied to play at Sound City 2017, next year will see a panel of acclaimed regional, national and international curators bolster the selection process.

Previous years have seen the likes of Ed Sheeran, Royal Blood, Jungle, Jake Bugg, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Bastille, The Kooks, The Kills, Gil Scott Heron, The Human League and John Cale perform.

The Sound City + business conference will also be a pre-cursor to the Liverpool Sound City festival as always, and will take place on Friday 4th May 2018. Over the past 10 years, Sound City + conference events have been responsible for generating in excess of £25 million for the UK music business economy both on B2B and B2C initiatives. The 2018 programme will aim to build upon this success and bring an even deeper and wider business experience to the city.

Limited edition Early Bird tickets for Sound City main festival and Sound City + go on sale today at 9am from

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