SOUND CITY 2013 – Saturday Essentials

The final (sort of) day of Sound City arrives, with a chance to discover some locally-based artists you may not have gotten around to just yet…


Hailing from Canada, Norway, Jersey, South Africa, Singapore, and based in Liverpool, HighFields’ 6 members combine their eclectic styles and tastes to create a uniquely fresh take on western folk/pop music. 2012 saw the band receive praise from critically acclaimed songwriter Guy Chambers, inviting the band to play his Orgasmatron showcase in London. The band have begun 2013 by recording with Coldplay, Elbow and Feeder producer Jon Withnall for their forthcoming release.

Where: Tavern on the Green // 12.10pm


Where: Leaf // 9.15 – 9.45pm




The Hummingbirds are a 6 piece acoustic outfit from Liverpool, influenced by music from the 50s/60s era. The Hummingbirds capture that “Liverpool” sound as well as putting an interesting twist on conventional folk and blues music, bringing it to a more mainstream audience providing what they describe as modern skiffle (21st Century Merseybeat).

Where: The Cavern // 3 – 3.30pm




Baltic Fleet is the moniker of Liverpool based, multi instrumentalist Paul Fleming. Baltic Fleet’s debut album was written and recorded around the world, diarising life on the road and taking in cities from Berlin to Buenos Aires. The album draws influences from the likes of DJ Shadow, Eno, Neu and Daft Punk. Second album Towers was released in 2012 and captures the industrial landscape of the North West. Motorik beats mix with electronica and guitar soundscapes, 6 on the floor. The music and artwork are inspired by the view of the power station cooling towers that could be seen from the a back bedroom studio window in Paul’s home.

Where: The Garage // 9 – 9.30pm




Noisily drenched voodoo-pop from Liverpool, in the hazy shape of psychedelic folktronica. With medieval synths, hypnotic beats, spiralling whammy guitars, mystical harmonies and apocalyptic thunder drones, Stealing Sheep released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘Into The Diamond Sun’ in September of last year. Get there early our you’ll find yourself stood on Bold Street

Where: Bold Street Coffee // 10 – 10.30pm




The Wirral feels like a strange island – a place connected by small towns that sprawl into big, billowing industrial towers on its outskirts. On a clear day you can see the yearning countryside of Wales. It was from this part of Merseyside that Outfit emerged from, before moving to Liverpool and living in one big house full of friends. If that phase of their early existence was documented by 2011’s epic post-party plea ‘Two Islands’ then their debut EP ‘Another Night’s Dreams Reach Earth Again’ marked the band’s shotgun move to the gleaming lights of London.

Where: Kazimier // 12.30 – 1.30am




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