Liverpool gets set for Sound City

With some 400 bands and artists performing across 30 different venues and some 25,000 people expected to attend it’s fair to say that Liverpool city centre will be a hive of music activity over the next four days.

Kicking off tomorrow night, Liverpool Sound City has the biggest bands and the smallest ones too who will all be showcasing their talents in venues as small as Mello Mello on Slater Street to the O2 Academy (formerly the Carling Academy) on Hotham Street (off London Road). Some ticket only gigs have sold out but there’s plenty of pay on the door acts and there are some festival passes still available.

There’s plenty of other proceedings going on connected to the festival including a unique event called The Trial where the music industry is literally put on trial at the old courthouse in St George’s Hall.

There’s also the long anticipated premiere of the film Awaydays, set in Liverpool and based on the highly acclaimed novel by Kevin Sampson. See the trailer below.

The O2 plays host to two of the biggest acts on the festival’s bill, indie chart toppers White Lies and the wonderful electronica princess Little Boots both of whom I interviewed a few weeks ago ahead of the festival. Click here and here to read what they had to say.

I’m hoping to interview a few more acts and take in some of the fantastic music available over the next four days so keep checking the blog. And I’d urge you all to get out and about and enjoy the live music that’s available across the city.

For more info visit the official Sound City website, the MySpace, or follow Sound City on Twitter.


Little Boots’ Big Year!

Asked about the events of past year Victoria Hesketh aka Little Boots is almost lost for words: “I don’t think there’s anyway you can possibly sum up the last year of my life in a sentence. It’s just been insane!”

The winner of BBC 6’s Sound of 2009 award has been busy in recent weeks. Along with her live shows she’s been attending the various awards ceremonies. She enjoyed the NMEs: “but I just got far too drink!” and was unlucky to miss out on the Critic’s Choice award to the wonderful Florence and the Machine at the BRITS: “It’s a lot more suits and handshakes there,” she comments.

An insane year indeed. Not so long ago Hesketh was posting her recordings on YouTube. Now her synth laden, electronica sound (think Human League and New Young Pony Club) is everywhere. Ever since the release of her biggest hit Stuck on Repeat fans have been awaiting an album.

Little Boots sings an acoustic version of Stuck on Repeat

“It’s pretty much finished,” Hesketh reveals of her debut LP, due in early June, name still a closely guarded secret. “I’m just trying to work out which songs to put on and track listings. Lots of tough decisions.”

One track that will definitely be there is a duet recorded with Phil Oakey from Human League, “a dream come true,” says Hesketh. “It’s a track I wrote a while ago and I always felt it needed a duet so I was going to get some male harmonies in there. One thing led to another and we managed to get Phil to do it.”

Hesketh’s sound is universal so her relative success in the US should come as no surprise where she has the endorsement of Hollywood’s king of the celebrity blogging Perez Hilton, “a total sweetheart.”

A busy summer will include an appearance at Glastonbury. The insanity goes on and as she sits on a bus for the next nine hours travelling from Glasgow to London, Little Boots sums it up pretty well: “It’s a weird thing because I love it so much but it’s a 24 hour job, sometimes it drives me insane. It’s such a weird rollercoaster of emotions.”