Mayhem descended on the Baltic Triangle as Sound City returned to Liverpool for their biggest line up to date. Headlining the two days were Australian brit-pop extroaidnairs DMAS and Peace. Moving to the new location of the Baltic Triangle was ideal for Sound City as the setting made the festival the success it was, head and shoulders above last year’s events at Clarence Dock. The close proximity of the venues, coupled with the great weather made for a great festival as you could easily switch between stages and bands without missing your favourite acts due to clashes on opposite stages.

After getting our bearings and soaking up the atmosphere we found ourselves at the front for Generation in Constellations Main Room; a wild show with front man Dean Carne bouncing around the stage topless delivering his impactful vocals upon eagerly anticipated ears. The energy in the room created a buzz that lasted for the remainder of the day.

After we calmed down from Generation’s show we headed to District where our top picks for the weekend were playing; SPINN, No Hot Ashes & Blinders on Modern Sky’s Stage. SPINN took to the stage first with their infectious music and iconic dance moves to a packed venue which had already installed a “one-in one-out” tactic due to the sheer mass of punters hoping to catch a glimpse of what could be a defining moment for them. No Hot Ashes followed up with their own unique blend of funk and indie that has seen them touring the UK and becoming one of the hotly tipped bands coming out of Manchester.

Calming the mood back down across the road was Sean McGowan, performing an acoustic set in the tranquil cafe Unit 51. This venue played hosts to many acoustic and solo acts throughout the weekend and was a well needed break from the chaos that surrounded it.

The queue for DMAS in Camp & Furnace had already began reaching down the road well before they were due to take to the stage. Black Honey warmed the crowd up and after a particularly obscure dance routine which had made it’s way through the crowd and created a clearing in the centre of the venue for their performative art. DMAS received the loudest reception of the weekend as they made their way on to the stage in front of the capacity crowd. Performing songs off their latest album For Now and the greatest hits from Hills End; it felt like a reincarnation of the Brit-pop era had descended on Sound City.

A lot of heavy heads returned the following day for another packed day of great bands, however with a slower start than Saturday. The pitch black venue Blade Factory was the setting for two bands on our wish list, Oddity Road and Larkins. Both these bands have been making waves in the music scene in recent months, however we’re disappointing at Sound City, possibly due to the setting of the venue.

Indie-pop outfit Vistas had travelled from Edinburgh and were the hidden gem of the weekend. With their catchy riffs and sing-along vocals, Vistas revitalised Sound City from it’s hangover and restarted the festival’s missing excitement. Keir continued the energy in Hangar 34 before Cassia brought a touch of the beach to the industrial landscape with their up-beat guitar riffs.

The longest queue of the weekend wasn’t at the main stage, it was at Baltic Market for Red Rum Club’s incredible performance. Trumpets reverberating down the streets was the calling card coming from the back of the market where Red Rum Club were clambering around the stage and delivering their spectacular live performance.

Peace closed the festival, however they were one of the more disappointing bands of the weekend as after leaving the energy of Red Rum Club it was a sudden drop in atmosphere as they lifelessly introduced their songs and performed with less passion and enthusiasm than the unsigned bands who had been fighting for their right to be at the prestigious festival.

Written by: Stuart Daley