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5 acts you NEED to see at Sound City 2018

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Liverpool Sound City goes back to its roots and back to the heart of the city for its 2018 edition.

Having branched off to Bramley Moore Dock in previous years, the incredibly strong line-up will play over various stages across the city centre this year, including Constellations, Hanger 34 and the new Baltic Market, kicking off festival season in style.

Liverpool's relationship with music is one to admire. Though every festival, in their nature, promotes a sense of community and togetherneess, the return to independent venues this year enhances the 'good mates, good beers, good music, good times' mantra that sits in every scouser.

The festival have already announced 100 acts to play, and appears to be one of the strongest UK line-ups we've seen so far. Psychedelic indie rockers Peace and Britpop-esque Australian rock band DMA's headline the weekend, and are joined by Idles, Slow Reader's Club, Sunset Sons, Picture This and more.

With that in mind, here's five acts you need to make room for in your, I'm sure, already packed 'to-see' list.

Sound City takes place 5th-6th May. Tickets are available here.

The Night Cafe

FFO: Circa Waves, Sundara Karma, Will Joseph Cook

If you're after a band whose set you can completely lose yourself in, look no further than Liverpool natives The Night Cafe. Their blend of hazey indie with typical scouse charm makes for a sugar-sweet, dreamy atmosphere bound to make your Sunday afternoon all the more 'boss'.

The Orielles

FFO: The Big Moon, Goat Girl, Honeyblood

Fun, funk and friendship are the first words that come to mind thinking of The Orielles. Though their themes feel relevant and ooze teenage angst, there's a sense of nostalgia that run through their groovy golden tinged tracks.

Hey Charlie

FFO: Black Honey, YONAKA, Anteros

Hey Charlie channel 90s riot grrl in their full throttle grunge pop, middle fingers up and screaming "Girls can be pretty, girls can be cute, but don't fuck with them 'cos they'll fuck with you," a mindset we should all tune into. Where there are still journalists writing that female rock bands don't work, Hey Charlie are explosively proving everyone wrong.

Billie Marten

FFO: Lucy Rose, Marika Hackman, Laura Marling

For a more delicate acoustic set, Billie Marten's beautiful, wistful folk is something to behold. At only eighteen, too, she shimmers with gentle guitar strums and mature vocal that some artists could only dream of.

Yungblud

FFO: Jamie T, DMA's, VANT

Another young act on the line-up and another one of the best is nineteen year old Yungblud. He's already been compared to Jamie T and retro Arctics mixed with hip hop, ska, punk... everything. Overtly political themes, a riotous sound and a set that's bound to be sweaty, Yungblud is another you can't miss. The future of music looks bright.

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