15 May 2012

Liverpool Sound City debuts at The Epstein Theatre

The Epstein Theatre

Liverpool Sound City debuts at The Epstein

With days until Liverpool Sound City returns to the city, the organisers are proud to announce the artists taking to the stage at the city’s new Epstein Theatre as part of this 3 day art and music extravaganza.  From Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th May Liverpool will be home to an international music festival and conference, committed to bringing the best new music, film, art and creative talent from all over the world to venues across the city centre.

 With the recent unveiling of The Epstein Theatre as the brightest and coolest new venue in Liverpool  it’s only fitting that they play host to the best up and coming signed and unsigned talent from the UK and international music scene. Headlining each night in the opulent surroundings of The Epstein Theatre are Stephen Langstaff, Michael Kiwanuka and James Vincent McMorrow.

 General Manager of The Epstein Theatre, Christine Spriggs said 'We are very excited about the forthcoming Liverpool Sound City concerts that we are showcasing at the Epstein. They are all going to be cracking shows and we think that audiences are going to be thrilled to see them in our fantastic new theatre.'

It kicks off in a spectacular fashion on Thursday 17th May with Stephen Langstaff, Electric Guest, Luke Fenlon and Dave Thomas set to perform. Portsmouth pianist and accordionist Dave Thomas will open Liverpool Sound City at The Epstein. Named “one of the most talented people on YouTube" Dave has already obtained a cult following through the social media website and is now set to take the first steps in forging a successful solo career. We are in no doubt that his performance at The Epstein will be the first of many critically acclaimed performances. With his songs touted as simple stories of love, life and death that have pervaded his life so far, Liverpool native Luke Fenlon has been endlessly compared to a young Dylan. Having previously supported The Wombats during Liverpool Sound City 2008 and a performance at the MUSEXPO Festival in LA Luke has received a worldwide publishing & recording deal in 2010. Electric Guest is the combined talents of duo Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton.  Hailing from Los Angeles Electric Guest excel  in soulful, funked up pop, creating ridiculously catchy tunes which are capturing the attention of those both sides of the pond.  Previously described as having “The voice of an angel with the power of a Tsunami” Stephen Langstaff is also set to headline the opening night. Citing Damien Rice, Tori Amos, Nirvana, The Beatles and Jeff Buckley as his influences Stephen will without a doubt set the mood for the remainder of the festival.

On Friday 18th May, another great line-up, with acts Michael Kiwanuka, Jake Bugg, Thomas J Speight and Dead Cities gracing the stage.  Supporting emerging artist Michael Kiwanuka there are some equally fresh faced new comers to the music scene. Dead cities are a Liverpool based trio formed in late 2008 and their debut album 'This Killer Wave,' was released November of 2011 and received radio play from BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and BBC Merseyside. Having honed his craft sharing the stage with folk/acoustic royalty such as Johnny Flynn, Fionn Regan and Mumford and Sons Thomas J Speight has received critical acclaim for his latest EP from Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney.  Nottingham singer songwriter Jake Bugg has previously took to the stage at Glastonbury on the BBC Introducing stage. His previous songs and this current single “Lightning Bolt” received raved reviews on BBC radio 1, 2 and 6. Having already being catapulted into the limelight as the Winner of BBC Sound of 2012, Michael Kiwanuka will be headlining Friday evening’s performances.  Having previously worked with R&B superstar Labrinth Michael has had the privilege of sharing the stage with rock and roll royalty such as Bon Jovi and Rod Stewart and has even supported women-of-the-moment Adele on her 2011 tour. Being compared to Bill Withers, Van Morrison and the Temptations Michael embodies the very definition of promising new stars.

Drawing Sound City at the Epstein Theatre to a close on Saturday 19th May is the best of up and coming acoustic/folk musicians in the form of James Vincent McMorrow, Dan Croll, The Night and Hey Carrianne. Fronted by the gravelly voice of singer/songwriter Carrianne Hayden and backed up by the beautiful melodic ramblings of Mike Halls, Oliver Hardaker and Jake Foord, Hey Carrianne will be making their live debut of 2012 at this year’s Sound City Festival .Hey Carrianne weave frank tales of heartache with memorable guitar motifs and an understated rhythm section, creating a brand of pop that's sugared with Folk, Indie and Blues. Next up is The Night who are expected to set the stage on fire with their brilliant musical talents.  Helping draw the closing night to an end is the winner of the Musician’s Benevolent Fund Songwriting Award Dan Croll. This Liverpudlian singer/songwriter has previously shared the stage with Friday’s headliner Michael Kiwanuka.  His single 'Home,' was picked up by Q and placed in their essential downloads list for 2012 and his upcoming debut album is set to be one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Rounding off at The Epstein we have an Irish folk music singer-songwriter who has been compared to Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens, and Ray LaMontagne. European Border Breakers Award winner James Vincent McMorrow has performed on the prestigious stage of BBC Two’s Later... with Jools Holland and his debut album was released in February 2010 to widespread critical acclaim. James has the added accolade of having many of his self penned tracks making up the soundtrack to American television programmes such as Gossip Girl, The Vampire Diaries and Teen Wolf.

With wristbands available for both individual days and the entire three days Liverpool Sound City is the pinnacle event which brings the innovations in art, culture and music to the very heart of the city. This brand new unison with the Epstein Theatre will further cement the venue as one of the jewels in the Liverpool musical and cultural crown. 


Liverpool Sound City @ The Epstein

The Epstein Theatre
Hanover House
85 Hanover Street
L1 3DZ


14+ Wristbands: £15
Thursday Wristband: £25

Friday Wristband: £25
Saturday Wristband: £25
3 Day Wristband: £55

LSC Delegates Wristband: £150

Thursday 17th May

Epstein Theatre

Stephen Langstaff - 22:00-23:30
Electric Guest - 21:00-21:30
Luke Fenlon - 20:00-20:30
Dave Thomas - 19:00-19:30

Friday 18th May
Epstein Theatre

Michael Kiwanuka -22:00-23:30
Jake Bugg - 21:00-21:30
Thomas J Speight - 20:00-20:30
Dead Cities - 19:00-19:30

Saturday 19th May
Epstein Theatre

James Vincent McMorrow - 22:00-23:30
Dan Croll - 21:00-21:30
The Night - 20:00-20:30
Hey Carrianne - 19:00-19:30

For more information visit the new theatre website at

For more information regarding Liverpool Sound City visit the website at

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