Catfish and the Bottlemen Make Return to Sound City


Sound City has been named the Best Metropolitan Music Festival of 2015 by the UK Festival Awards and it’s not surprising they received the crown.  With having an incredible line up last year, why not make 2016 bigger, better and more diverse than ever?  Begin chant – “We’re not worthy!”

Having already announced The Coral as a headliner, we have received some more fantastic news.  Sound City revealed that Catfish and the Bottlemen will be their second headliner! Catfish and the Bottlemen first played Sound City as an unsigned act in 2011 through Apply to Play.  Since then, the esteemed band have gone on to release a debut gold album, win the BBC Introducing Award and recently, a Brit nomination for Best New Band.  Coming full circle to where it all began, the band are happy to play for fans at a festival full of pride of the talent it’s helped launch over the years.

Joining headliners The Coral and Catfish and the Bottlemen are a diverse range of huge acts and emerging talent from around the world and across the musical spectrum. Added to list are Palma Violets, Georgia, Viola Beach, Shura, Neon Waltz, Inheaven, Levelz, Mez, Dilly Dally, The Big Moon, Cagoule and Holy Esque.

On top of the long list of talent, the festival will be partnering with innovative dance music promoters Freeze, who will be bringing Hot Chip (DJ set) and Leftfield (Live) to one of the UK’s most vibrant and culturally significant music events.  Freeze has grown in tandem with Liverpool’s continued cultural resurgence, charting their unique course across the vibrant electronic spectrum.  Scouting for the most intimate, quirky and stunning venues is in their DNA and in 2016, Freeze will bring a brand new dimension to Sound City and the unique setting of the Liverpool Docks, taking over the iconic Sound City Baltic warehouse, right on the banks of the river Mersey.

The Freeze Warehouse will host players in electronic music’s very foundations – Leftfield (Live) – who will be rocking the dockside with a bass-heavy show and genre-busting party legends, Hot Chip (DJ Set).

Then there’s Floating Points live, who has evolved into one of the world’s most exciting producers, and the celebrated Âme live come to Sound City with fellow Innervisions legend Henrik Schwarz whose stunning live shows are electric. And making his Liverpool debut this year is one of the most in demand artists around – DJ Koze – who joins the dots between house and techno.

Many more iconic artists from the electronic music scene are on the bill for the Freeze Warehouse. The consistently brilliant Motor City Drum Ensemble’s sublime technical skills match his peerlessly gritty, soul-infused sounds, Mano Le Tough brings on-point house and techno, the enigmatic Spanish DJ John Talabot is a Freeze favourite, Gerd Janson is the Running Back boss and toast of the underground, and Greg Wilson is one of the founding figures of disco and he’s a local hero too. More names will be revealed soon, and Freeze’s residents Jemmy, Makes No Sense and Derek Kaye all star as well.

Rob Casson from Freeze said, “Freeze are thrilled to be working with one of the UK’s most forward-thinking music festivals, and are especially excited to be bringing a new dimension to this year’s Sound City. It’s a truly spectacular setting on the docks for some of the world’s leading live acts and DJs from the electronic dance music spheres. During our 10th anniversary we showcased some incredible acts throughout 2015 in the city in a series of awe-inspiring venues and locations, and in 2016 we are aiming even higher, including this collaboration with Sound City which opens the festival up to a brand new audience.”

Sound City takes place on 28 & 29 May 2016 at the Liverpool Waters, Bramley-Moore Dock, an historic waterfront location and one of the most unique festival sites in the world.

Weekend tickets for Sound City are currently on sale with a very limited amount still available at £70. These will run out very soon when there will be an automatic price increase so fans are urged to buy as quickly as possible to get them at this price threshold.

With hundreds of incredible bands, performers, ‘happenings’ and experiences still to be announced, Sound City is an essential fixture on the festival calendar.

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