Sound City organisers have announced the festival will return to Liverpool city centre in 2018.
A ‘pioneering location offering a much more intimate experience’ is being lined up for the event which has been held in the north docklands for three years.
Taking place on 5-6 May, Sound City is said to be going back to its original roots as it showcases hundreds of new artists and headline acts at the new venue, which is due to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Special guests including Glastonbury’s Silver Hayes, Kendal Calling, Bluedot, Greg Wilson, Domino and Moshi Moshi will be partly curating the programme for the event, which has been staged at Bramley Moore Dock and Clarence Dock in recent years.
Sound City COO, Becky Ayres says: “We delivered three hugely ambitious and successful years of Sound City on the north docklands of the city. Sound City was the first to shine a beacon on this neglected area of the city and, by doing so, we’ve even encouraged Everton FC to relocate to our former festival site.
“We now feel it is time for us to come back to the city centre and embark on the next stage of our journey. 2018 will all be about re-establishing new links and a new feel.
“This will also lead us into the hugely ambitious plans that we have for 2019, which will be revealed over the coming months.”
A new Sound City Satellite concept will also take the festival’s model to key towns between Manchester and Liverpool as well as along the M62 corridor between April and May 2018.
Backed by Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester metro mayors Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham, the concept will see the team work with the likes of record labels and promoters in each location to deliver a targeted business conference and live music programme.
Sound City CEO, David Pichilingi says: “Sound City Satellite is a hugely ambitious project. It strikes right at the heart of what we originally set out to do: to champion emerging business and artistic talent from our region and give them the belief that they do not need to move away in order to fulfil their potential and run successful businesses.
“The aim will be to foster a spirit of inclusion. That we are all in this together. It is not meant as a snub to London, but it is meant to help people view the bigger picture as well as encourage artists and businesses to stay in the North and build a real business economy outside of the capital.”
Key locations for Sound City Satellite will be revealed in January 2018.