Full Programme Announced



10:00 – 10:15 – Welcome

10:15 –11:00 In conversation with Dudley. Jeczalik. Langan (Art Of Noise)

11:15 – 12:00 In conversation with Greg Wilson & Tim Lawrence

12:15 – 13:00 In conversation with Andrew Weatherall

13:15 – 14:00 In conversation with Hattie Collins

14:15 – 15:00 In conversation with Tom Oxley

15:15 – 16:00 In conversation with Don Letts

16:15 – 17:00 In conversation with Peaches

17:15 – 18:00 In conversation with Jah Wobble



10:15 - 11:00 The Possibilities are Endless

11:15 – 12:00 I don’t want to play Wembley, I just want to quit my bloody day job!

12:15 – 13:00 Grime. A modern musical revolution

13:15 – 14:00 The Revolution will be Televised

14:15 – 15:00 Power to the People

15:15 – 16:00 It’s not all about the girls this year…

16:15 – 17:00 Take it up with MGMT

17:15 – 18:00 Trail Blazing


Blade Factory

10:15 – 11:00 Pirate Live
11:15 – 12:00 Welcome to Asia

12:15 – 13:00 The 60’s Rock’n’roll revolution

13:15 – 14:00 The no nonsense guide to putting on a festival

14:15 – 15:00 Rave-o-lution

15:15 – 16:00 Not the usual suspects

16:15 – 17:00 Disrupt or die

17:15 – 18:00 Music Publishing…WTF?



18:15 – 19:15 Pop Montreal Reception, Celeberating Canada's 150th anniversary

18:15 – late Ticket Web Delegate Party






Internationally renowned music industry conference Sound City+ has announced a host of new high profile guests, talks and panels to join a programme celebrating the event’s momentous tenth anniversary.  

Sound City+ tenth Anniversary theme is Revolution. The notion of revolution is often associated with key milestones throughout the development of rock n roll (i.e. The British Invasion, the rise of black music culture, punk, acid house, grime) and The Revolution will be Televised panel brings together Danny Fields (Ramones/Iggy and the Stooges), Nathan McGough (White Lies/Happy Mondays), Seymour Stein (Sire Records), Sarah Brooksbank (Fat White Family/Bat for Lashes) to discuss the macro environmental and economic factors happening at the time that led to these musical upheavals and the formation of some of the world’s most influential acts.

As a welcome addition to the In Conversation line up, acclaimed DJ Greg Wilson will be chatting alongside author of Life and Death on the New York Dancefloor 1980 - 1983 Tim Lawrence about the revolution of dance music, and the impact this holds on electronic music today.

Panel sessions this year will address key questions that the music industry is currently facing, including the future of music technology, the plague of ticket touting, the explosion of grime music into the mainstream consciousness and the changing awareness of gender and race issues.

Hosted by the BPI, the Not the Usual Suspects panel sees Chris Tams and Ayesha Hazarika explore the first ever workforce survey carried out by UK Music which shows us how opportunities can be opened up across the industry so that the best people succeed at every level of the business regardless of their background. Chris and Ayesha also join Mike King - CMO of Berklee Online, in moderating Disrupt or Die: A conversation on artist marketing. MP Nigel Adams and Adam Webb- FanFair Alliance will be talking to artists and managers about the progress being made on the touting crisis and what to expect in the future on secondary ticketing.

Hattie Collins author of This is Grime, grime artist Dapz on the Map and his manager Despa Robinson will be chatting to editor of Complex UK Joseph Patterson, CEO of Ditto Music Matt Parsons and music journalist Laura Brosnan examining the way Grime has been catapulted into the mainstream with such ferocity and passion that it begs the question, ‘do we have a modern musical revolution on our hands?’

Miz DeShannon of Women in Music is bringing ‘It’s not all about the girls this year’ to Sound City+.  Delving into social issues in the music industry, this debate will cover questions including: How do young men find life in the music industry? What issues are faced by the LGBT community? How do you get taken seriously as a jazz singer under the age of 30? What challenges do you face as an ‘ethnic minority’ in the world of classical music? A celebration of #BeBoldForChange - it’s time to call on the masses and call on yourself to forge a better working world - a more inclusive and gender equal world.

Said Miz: “With International Women’s Day calling their 2017 campaign ‘Be Bold For Change’ I thought it would be appropriate to take up the baton and talk about gender and inclusivity in the music business too. Women In Music discussions have been on rotation for some time now, and it’s time to take those discussions and look at broader ideas on equality in the business, around gender, ageism, genre-specific differences, expectations and identity amongst other things. Looking at the panel I’ve got lined up, it should make for some really interesting debating!”

Take it up with MGMT, a collaboration by the Musicians Union, Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition, will look at the place of the musician / manager relationship in a dynamic and complex industry. Simon Pursehouse of Sentric Music will host I don’t want to play Wembley, I just want to quit my bloody day job a panel for emerging artists and managers providing practical, digestible advice on reaching a point where you are earning a living by doing what you love: writing and playing music.

Sammy Andrews of Sabotage New Media - will speak to Melody VR, Reverbnation and other household tech names to discuss the stratospheric rise of music production, distribution and consumption to the forefront of popular culture worldwide. The key question they’ll endeavour to answer is what’s next for music tech and what does that mean for us?

Sound City +’s popular Sofa Sessions will include Pirate Studios, 60’s Rock n Roll Revolution and Rave-O-Lution - a panel celebrating acid house; how it came to being, the political struggles it faced and the roller coaster ride along the way.

Camp and Furnace’s gallery space will provide a meeting and networking space where inspiration can be found and friendships formed. There will also be a range of trade stands & meeting places featuring Pirate Studios, Liverpool John Moores University, Edge Hill University, Gigmit, Tunecore, The Musicians Union, PRS for Music, Ticketweb, Merseyside Arts Foundation & Help Musicians UK who have awarded Sound City 3 years of support as part of their National Grants programme. This will see Sound City and Merseyside Arts Foundation supporting 10 emerging artists per year to develop their artistic careers via a showcasing, networking and mentoring at Sound City+.




Sound City+ Launches 10th Anniversary Edition

Don Letts, Jah Wobble, Peaches and Andrew Weatherall Amongst In Conversation Speakers  


Internationally renowned music industry conference Sound City+ is celebrating its ten year anniversary on Friday 26th May 2017 with a host of high profile speakers from across the industry and as ever promises an intensive packed programme of speakers, debate panels, workshops and the acclaimed Sound City+ 1-2-1 meetings. 


This year’s ‘Revolutions’ theme will enable speakers to explore 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. 


The most influential bass player of his generation, Jah Wobble - founder member of Public Image Limited alongside former Sex Pistol John Lydon - talks us through his career, from his close friendship with Lydon and Sid Vicious, being a ‘boots on the ground’ eyewitness to punk, and how PIL helped define the revolutionary sonics of the post punk era, to his current work with a host of collaborators.


Veteran DJ, filmmaker and founding member of Big Audio Dynamite, Don Letts has over four decades of inspiring work. From turning a generation of punks onto reggae while DJing at the Roxy club in 1977 to managing the Slits to making music videos for the likes Bob Marley and Elvis Costello, Don’s 40 incredible years in the business will reveal both funny anecdotes and sharp insights. 


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. 


Controversial avant garde electro punk musician and performance artist Peaches will discuss art at the edge and a mandate to be a one-woman cultural revolution. 


Dudley.Jeczalik.Langan - three of the founding members of Art of Noisewill also be in conversation. Formed at a time when the reverberations of punk, post-punk and new wave could still be keenly felt, Art of Noise were determined to set themselves outside the then currents of fashion and style - the missing link between The Monkees and Talking Heads, Abba and Kraftwerk, Frank Zappa and The Archies.


Leading figures in their field, iconic rock photographers and image makers Kevin Cummins and Tom Oxley will be talking about the enduring power of the photograph and how just one image can change scenes, regimes and societies overnight. 


Said Kevin: “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."


Finally celebrated journalist and author Hattie Collins will deliver a fascinating talk on the New Subverse and underground Grime culture – a modern revolution in the UK scene. 


The day will be hosted by author & DJ Dave Haslam and rock ’n’ roll historian Jennifer Otter Bickerdike, guest speakers at Sound City+ 2017 will dissect in turn each Music Revolution from the past five decades.


Sound City+ has also revealed a move to The Baltic triangle, the rapidly evolving hub for creative enterprises and a jewel in the crown for the music and digital industries in the North West. 


The Baltic Triangle is also home to arguably Liverpool’s finest bar and event space, former warehouse Camp and Furnace, where this year’s edition of Sound City+ will take place. 


Said Dave Pichilingi, CEO Sound City/Modern Sky UK: “It is a huge year for us and for our 10th Anniversary we wanted to do something very special. We are bringing Sound City+ to the very heart of the creative quarter of Liverpool. The Baltic Triangle is synonymous with everything that is innovative and cutting edge that is coming out of Liverpool right now, it is part of the fabric of the city. The zeitgeist is here! We want to show the thousands who come to the conference what the fuss is all about and send them home with an amazing impression of Liverpool. 


“As part of Sound City+ this year we are celebrating those mavericks who have played a pivotal part in some of the milestones in the development of the rock n roll business. These will include key players from the both the punk movement and Acid House”.


As part of the highly anticipated birthday celebrations for Sound City, Sound City+ will be taking a selection of the In Conversations to the live festival site, giving Sound Citizens the opportunity to see avant-garde titan John Cale as special guest speaker. With a wealth of stories accrued over a career of more than 50 years his talk with explore his early years, this move to the US and foundation of the Velvet Underground, its legacy and beyond. For aficionados of the birth of psyche and anyone with an interest in the history of rock this will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to hear it from the great man himself. 


The conference will be announcing further speakers, panels and activities over the coming weeks.  


Conference Tickets £40.00 (Ex booking fee) http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/event/liverpool-sound-city-conference-2017-tickets/267613 

Full Weekend Delegate Passes 



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