Liverpool Sound City returned to the city’s docklands for a second year (having previously used varying venues in the city), this year across May Bank Holiday weekend. One of the beauties of Liverpool Sound City over the years has been their eye for booking talent before they hit the mainstream, so it was great to see on Saturday the likes of up and comers Las Aves from Paris on the Captain Morgan boat stage, as well as local lad Connah Evans on the Cavern stage.

DJ Greg Wilson was smashing it on the main stage. Seramic played a beautiful melodic set as the sun went down on the North Stage. Back on the main stage Catfish & The Bottlemen headlined their first festival and played a load of their big anthem tracks as well as the majority of their new album The Ride. It was a coming of age gig for a band we’ve followed the past couple of years closely (and see rock Ibiza Rocks last summer over on the white isle).

We returned in the evening for day 2 on the Sunday, where it was all about electronic music DJ sets in the Freeze warehouse. Hot Chip were laying down some brilliant techno (Eats Everything – The Duster and Len Faki & Regal – The End), with a slice of disco (Punkin’ Machine – I Need You Tonight and Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning) thrown in for good measure, before ending on Tiga Vs Audion’s Let’s Go Dancing which sent the crowd into raptures.

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Circa Waves and The Coral then headlined the main stage, and over on the North Stage Pete Doherty ended the festival with a beautiful set including both his well known tracks (Last Of The English Roses, Waterloo, Arcady) and new material from his forthcoming album (Jonny Comes Marching Home Again, She Said No and Choose Your Weapon).

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Liverpool Sound City 2016 was a brilliant weekend of bands, music, vibe and atmosphere against the backdrop of one of the most beautiful cities and skylines in the world. Beers were flowing and the food stalls were great, what more can one ask on a UK Bank Holiday weekend?! See ya next year!

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