It’s bank holiday weekend and there’s no place better to spend it than wandering around Liverpool and seeing some of the best bands the nation has to offer at Sound City. The festival has moved from last years location at Clarence Dock into the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool’s city centre. The streets will be bustling and the bars booming, so we’ve compiled a list of bands to catch to help guide you through the mayhem; but don’t forget to just pop your head in somewhere, you might find your new favourite band!

For those getting there early and getting yourself settled into the surroundings before the chaos ensues, head to Baltic Market at 12:45 where James Holt will be opening the venue with his incredible voice and his acoustic music.

After James Holt make your way to Birdies Bar where The Local are taking over the venue from 2-5pm and putting on a host of great bands including HAWK and Maria Kelly to ease you into the festival spirit before the real madness begins.

Hopefully by this stage you’ve got your bearings and you can make your way from venue to venue with ease as the huge acts come thick and fast. Starting at Constellations Main Room at 16:00 are Generation, an incredible local band with a live performance that will be ingrained into your mind for weeks. On to the next venue, Baltic Social, where Avalanche Party will be continuing the party.

Once 17:45 hits you’ll want have yourself a drink and a prime position in District as Modern Sky have put on the best run of bands at the festival. First on are SPINN, followed by one of the best bands setting their sights on domination, No Hot Ashes – and if you still have any energy left in you, The Blinders will be sure to take that from you with their energetic and sweaty performance.

If you’re looking for something a bit calmer then Harry Miller and Sean McGowan are playing at Unit 51 where you’ll be able to catch your breath and listen to two incredible musicians.

As the night draws closer, the bigger bands take to the stages and as a rarity at these style of festivals we 100% recommend making it to the main stage for headliners DMAS. The Australian band with more similarities to Oasis and 90s Brit Pop than their hometown would suggest are currently in the middle of a UK tour and have been taking the nation by storm and this will be no different.

If you don’t want to be drawn to the main stage then The Slow Readers Club will be playing at Hanger 34 followed by Bolton’s finest Jordan Allen at Constellations Main Room. See the night out in style at Baltic Social with The Cheap Thrills who will closing the day with their infectious pop rock, a spectacular end to a brilliant; ready to start again tomorrow.

Written by: Stuart Daley