Sound City returned to the Baltic Triangle in Liverpool for another year of incredible music. This years headliners Mabel and Loyle Carner literally took over the streets as hundreds of fans packed into in the outdoor stage. Sound City isn’t just about the headliners though and we made sure we made the most of all our favourite acts playing in such close proximity.

Kicking the weekend off for us was BINES playing in the middle of a tiny coffee shop in a rather obscure set up for a full band performance. BINES sounded incredible and had people coming in off the street to check out what the noise was. Following this was a stark contrast in venue as Red Rum Club packed out District and caused a queue looping back around the outside of the venue. They entered the stage dressed in the costumes for their latest music video “TV Said So” which was great for the first few songs then you could tell they were starting to irritate the band; they still sounded brilliant on stage though.

Saturday also saw some of our other favourites performing across the festival like Floodhounds, Violet Contours, Sly Antics and The Reytons before Mabel closed the evening.

Sunday started with the a band we’ve been hoping to see for a long time, 32Tens. They lived up to expectation as their unique style and sound brought energy to the room and Max Vickers vocals astonished the early crowd. Jekyll and The Cheap Thrills played on an open stage and despite giving a good performance was slightly tarnished by the sound drifting away with the wind.

Vistas packed out Hanger 34 from front to back which is a huge step from their performance at last years Sound City. Vistas were one of the best shows of the weekend and keep on getting better and better every time we see them. We had just enough time to squeeze in to see Tim Burgess performing before getting ourselves set for the highlight of the weekend Loyle Carner.

Loyle Carner introduced his Levi’s Music Project on stage before his set as they each performed a few songs for the crowd who were more interested in getting themselves ready for Loyle Career himself. When he entered the stage the street was full and with queues stretching round the corner begging to get in. Carner performed tracks from his latest album ‘Not Waving, But Drowning’ as well as fan favourites and also read a poem dedicated to his mother. The power cut out on stage as he was ending his set and instead of cutting it short he gave on last poem to the crowd hanging on his every word before concluding this years Sound City.

Written by: Stuart Daley

Photo by: Michelle Roberts