Juliette Lewis appears at Liverpool’s Stanley Theatre

Juliette Lewis appears at Liverpool’s Stanley Theatre

Over 400 bands will be appearing across 30 venues in Liverpool next week with an aim at showcasing the city’s thriving music industry.

Lined up for this year’s Sound City festival are White Lies, rising star Little Boots, Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis and local stars The Zutons.

As well as the gigs, Sound City is bringing some of the leading figures in the industry for a conference to debate the future of music. In its most high-profile event, the music industry will be put “on trial” in St George’s Hall in front of a jury of young people.

Dave Pichilingi, Sound City organiser, commented: “This year, we had around 2,500 applications from bands wanting to play Sound City, from all over the world – but a lot of them were from Liverpool or the wider Merseyside region, not just bands but good quality bands.

“We had 222 bands last year and we’ve got 450 this time from 20 countries. The conference has come on in leaps and bounds. We’re bringing in some of the biggest execs in the business. At the “trial”, we’ve got Malcolm McLaren and Billy Bragg. It’ll be a bit tongue-in-cheek, but it’ll look at some serious issues from a young people’s perspective.”

Amongst the solo acts is John Smith, who appears at St Brides Church in Percy Street on 23 May. The guitar man from Devon appears at Sound City before a performance at this year’s Glastonbury festival.

Smith is steadily building a reputation for himself as one of British Folk’s most exciting and distinctive voices. He plays guitar in his own unique style, including using the instrument like a drum by playing it on his lap, and has left audiences on previous visits to Liverpool full of admiration.

He is currently working on his second album following the release of his debut The Fox and The Monk.

Sound City runs from 20-23 May. For further information or to order tickets click here

*Picture taken by Dave Evans