Gigslutz guide to who to watch at Liverpool Sound City

It’s Liverpool Sound City time, and as an official blog for 2014 we thought we’d bring you our top picks from this year’s line-up, just because we’re dead thoughtful like that.

Clean Bandit

Fresh from the UK charts, Clean Bandit will play at the Liverpool Cathedral tonight at 9pm. Top setting, top act. Get down and have a sing along.

Gruff Rhys

Super Furry Animal and critically acclaimed solo artist Gruff Rhys is set to play EVAC (East Village Arts Club for all you non Scousers) on Thursday at 9.30pm. I have it on good authority that his name is pronounced ‘Griff’, so if you’re thinking of accosting him round the back for any reason, bear that in mind.

The Orielles

60s inspired Halifax surf-rockers The Orielles play lovely Liverpool bar The Shipping Forecast at 7 on the Friday.

Jon Hopkins

The very experienced and well rounded chap that is Jon Hopkins will be playing at midnight on Friday night at Nation.

Camp Stag

One of a few Stokies to be making the trip up the M6 to Sound City is Camp Stag. Playing Sound Food and Drink on Thursday at 10.30pm, expect snappy riffs and catchy melodies.

Royal Blood

‘The next big thing’ apparently (if NME are anything to go by –which usually they’re not), Royal Blood, will play Duke Street Garage at midnight on Saturday. Catch them before their huge two night support slot for Arctic Monkeys, when they will inevitably go massive.


For a bit of late night nostalgia, when, if you’re doing it right, you’ll be in a mess, catch Sunshine Underground at 2.15am on the Friday night/Saturday morning at The Zanzibar.

Tea Street Band

Scouse staples Tea Street Band are like part of the furniture in Liverpool. Having received recent coverage on national stations, get down to Duke Street Garage at 11.30 on Saturday to see them in their natural habitat.


Sticking with the Scouse theme, Gigslutz favourites Sugarmen play in Leaf at 9pm on Saturday.


The best time to watch Stoke based psych revivalists Psyence is at 1.30 in the morning when you’re off ya twat, which is quite lucky really because that’s the time they’re at Sound Food and Drink on Saturday night. After receiving critical acclaim from the likes of Clash and Q, and more importantly me, you’d be an idiot to not get to that one.

I’ll be knocking about too, which is more than enough reason to go in itself. ENJOY.