Our Top Acts for Sound City 2017

By May 25, 2017Uncategorized

Liverpool Sound City 2017 is finally just around the corner! If you’re joining us at the festival this weekend, you might be a little bit worried about the sheer volume of fantastic acts on display. Naturally, it won’t be possible to experience them all, so we’ve endeavoured to help you make your decisions with this list of acts that we at Pirate Studios think are unmissable.

Carl Barât & The Jackals

We’ll kick things off with the big guns. Carl Barât headlined the Pirate Studios London launch event back in March with BlackWaters, and tore the roof off with a rousing live rendition of ‘Don’t Look Back Into The Sun’. Carl will be headlining The Atlantic Stage at Sound City this year with his band The Jackals, and if his Pirate Live session was anything to go by, his set alongside The Jackals should linger long in the memory after the festival’s done and dusted. 

For more info on our launch series, check out what Clash Music had to say here, and watch Carl’s full Pirate Live session with BlackWaters here.


There are precious few voices in the world that can match XamVolo’s in range and soulfulness. His music has been heralded by the likes of Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Mistajam, and for very good reason, as we found out from his spectacular Pirate Live session. Originally hailing from London, XamVolo now qualifies as a local lad representing Liverpool, having lived in the city for over 5 years. He takes to the stage at Tim Peak’s Diner, 15:30 on Sunday for some (fingers crossed) sun-soaked afternoon fun.

Take a look at what Metropolis Studios had to say about XamVolo here.


FUSS are another Liverpool act throwing it down for their hometown at Sound City 2017. They’ll be painting their trademark sonic landscape of psychedelic space grooves with all the flair and guile that we’ve become accustomed to from FUSS. Their truly unique and mesmerising “drone pop cosmonaut” sound should correlate excellently into Saturday night’s programming at the North Shore Troubadour afterparty.

Check out what The National Student had to say about FUSS here.

Fizzy Blood

Sometimes, less is more. And only two words are necessary describe these guys to a tee: full throttle. Fizzy Blood will add some welcome debauchery to the proceedings at The Cavern Stage on Sunday evening. Here at Pirate, we were lucky enough to experience them in all their explosive glory during their face-melter of a Pirate Live session. Expect high octane, supercharged fun.

WithGuitar wrote up about Fizzy Blood’s single ‘Pawn’, which you can take a peek at here.


There’s even more hometown glory in store, this time coming from Liverpudlian quartet Sugarmen. Signed to Warner’s Sire Records by legendary A&R man Seymour Stein, Sugarmen’s charming, retro-infused sound made for one of the most entertaining Pirate Live sessions that we’ve ever hosted. Saturday night in the Invisible Factory’s main room looks to be a safe place to hedge your bets.

GetIntoThis had some very nice things to say about Sugarmen’s single ‘Dirt’. Read all about it here.

Bang Bang Romeo

Where to start with Bang Bang Romeo? How about lead singer Anastasia’s powerful, soulful voice that blends commanding swagger with delicate control? Or Huw Stephens likening their sound to a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack? Or Radio X describing them as a “hard-edged Fleetwood Mac”? Our Sound City 2017 competition winners take to the Pirate Stage on Saturday afternoon.

Bang Bang Romeo also made it into GetIntoThis’ list of acts not to miss at Sound City festival, which you can check out here.


Rounding off our top picks for the weekend, it’s Mancunian quartet Proletariat. These guys are another of our Sound City 2017 competition winners, who completely wowed us with their 70s punk inspired aura. Be sure to check out their rip-roaring guitar riffs and spiky vocals at our very own Pirate Stage on Sunday evening; they’re absolute certainties to cause an almighty ruckus.

The Punk Site left a glowing review of Proletariat’s ‘Always The Same’ EP, which you can take a look at here.

If you’ve read this far, you’ve probably noticed that a lot of the acts we’ve mentioned have previously performed a Pirate Live session for us. That’s either just pure coincidence, or Pirate Live’s programming is just really, really great. We’ll let you be the judge on that one. To find out more about our revolutionary Pirate Live initiative, click here.

See you at Sound City guys!