Sound City 2017

Calling Pirates everywhere! Submit your finest OpenLIVE recorded track for your chance to play the Pirate Stage at Sound City 2017!

Let's show the world how Pirates sing

We're really proud of the amount of talent rocking Pirate Studios these days, and we want you to show the world why. We've got two spaces up for grabs to play Sound City 2017 - make one of them yours!

To enter, come and record your finest track at Pirate Studios using OpenLIVE, then head to My Recordings, select your session and click Options -> "Submit to Pirate Studios Competition"

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Don't have a track recorded already?
We've got a plan.

Step one


Book a slot in an OpenLIVE enabled room at your local Pirate Studios.

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Step two

Play (hard)

We'll email you a high-quality recording of the whole session, fully mixed & mastered.

Step three


Chop it up on OpenLIVE, choose the cut above the rest, and click 'Submit to Pirate Studios Competition' from within your 'My Recordings' tab on OpenLIVE.

Using OpenLIVE to share your entry

Once you've recorded onto OpenLIVE at Pirate Studios, a link to the session will wing its way to you on email. From here you can launch into OpenLIVE’s nifty online editing app, where you can chop up the recording and prepare your best bits for download.

Got the track you love? Enter the competition by sharing with us directly from OpenLIVE: click 'Options' on your favourite recorded track and then 'Submit to Pirate Studios Competition'.

Sound City: 10 years of stunning new music

Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2017, Liverpool's Sound City has established itself as a hub for stunning new music, offering a launch pad to the best upcoming artists in the UK. Past line-ups have included The Mystery Jets, The xx, Everything Everything and Gil Scott-Heron.

This is your chance to add your name to the list and get yourself heard by the most important names in the music industry.

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Who's playing at Sound City 2017?

The Kooks

The Kooks

Brighton’s indie-pop sensations broke onto the scene in 2006 with their debut album Inside In/Inside Out, alerting global attention with hits like Naive and She Moves in Her Own Way. After selling 2 million albums, their follow-up Konk went straight to number one in the UK.



Joe Mount's Metronomy have been filling dancefloors for over 15 years and have become renowned for their pumping live sets. The funk-infused Summer 08 is the latest album from an impressive back catalogue. We expect a trail of happy fans after a Europe-wide festival tour this summer.

The Velvet Underground

The Velvet Underground

Following an incredible performance in Paris last year, John Cale of the Velvet Underground will be at Sound City to perform the band’s debut album, The Velvet Underground & Nico, alongside special guests. It will celebrate the 50th anniversary of an album thought to be one of the greatest of all time.

Ready to play Sound City 2017 and get discovered? Book an OpenLIVE enabled room, play something special and share it with us through OpenLIVE:

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