Last week, Sound City revealed it’s 10th anniversary line up and now Sound City+ follows suit for the big 1-0 revealing it’s panel for May 26th.
Sound City is hitting a major milestone this year and announced an epic first wave of bands last week featuring The Human League, The Velvet Underground, Metronomy and The Kooks as this year’s headliners.
A side to the festival that adds a uniqueness to what others don’t have, is the panels Sound City+ hosts, giving music lovers an opportunity to get an insight into the music industry from some iconic names from over the years.
This year, Sound City+ has gone with Revolutions as it’s theme, allowing the panelists to delve into the wider context of British rock and roll revolutions and take a look at some of the largest cultural explosions from the past 50 years including The 60’s British Invasion, Punk Rock, Brit Pop and Acid House.
Taking place in one of the cities hottest spots, the Camp and Furnace in the Baltic Triangle, will be hosting some key players from 60s punk scene, the 90s acid house era, the current rising popularity of grime and music journalists that were there to see it all happen.
Legendary bass player, Jah Wobble, one of the founding members of Public Image Ltd. along with Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon. Wobble will be talking about his career that peaked at an extraordinary time in music, his friendship with John Lydon and Sid Vicious, PIL’s lasting effect on post-punk, all the way up to present day and his ongoing projects.
Joining him, veteran DJ and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite, Don Letts, who’s career spans over four decades, which included being a part of the daunting task of turning heads from punk over to reggae in the late 70s. Letts has also worked with icon, Bob Marley and Elvis Costello. This’ll be an incredible talk, not to be missed!
Legend Andrew Weatherall will discuss the continuing story of acid house as a DJ, remixer, producer, label boss, and one of the most outspoken commentators on the club scene.
Scheduled to perform on the Saturday down on Clarence Dock, Peaches will be swinging by to the Camp and Furnace for a talk on art and a mandate to be a one-woman cultural revolution ahead of her set at Sound City.
Also pencilled in on opening night to perform are Art of Noise trio, Dudley.Jeczalik.Langan. The next day they’ll be discussing how they rebelled against the trend of punk and went in their own direction – the missing link between The Monkees and Talking Heads, Abba and Kraftwerk, Frank Zappa and The Archies.
Two of the best in music photojournalism, Kevin Cummins and Tom Oxley will be discussing at Sound City+ about the power of photographs and their effects to capture a moment and change scenes, regimes and movements overnight.
Cummins had to say about his slot at Sound City+, “I’m really looking forward to coming back to Liverpool Sound City+. Having worked in the industry for many years as a professional photographer during many eras of political upheavals I do feel that today is a transitional time in the world and this will be reflected on culture this year.”
Completing the panel this year is celebrated journalist Hattie Collins, who’ll give a fascinating talk on the New Subverse and underground Grime culture – a modern revolution in the UK scene. Capping off what’ll be truly a captivating day, Sound City+ is putting on a fantastic panel to celebrate it’s 10th anniversary.
The job of hosting the event has been bestowed upon author and DJ Dave Haslam and rock ’n’ roll historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike.
More panelists and events are set to be announced in the coming weeks and tickets for Sound City+ are on sale now at £40.00 from Ticket Web by clicking here.