7 February 2014

Skepta to headline New York Sound City

Skepta to headline New York Sound City

Skepta to headline New York Sound City

The first wave of live acts for the third New York Sound City has been revealed with Skepta headlining the evening showcase at The Knitting Factory and joining the daytime conference panel. The English rapper and Grime veteran will lead “Grime: Ten Years Later” at the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on 17 March before taking the stage with an exclusive set that evening at legendary venue The Knitting Factory.

Other artists to join the live bill include PINS – described by The Guardian as “the most Brooklyn band ever to come out of Manchester” – and UK hip-hop outfit Clubs and Spades featuring original Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson.

Skepta commented: “The New York Sound City event is gonna be a hype. Grime has been getting a lot love lately in New York so it'll be good to see what people really know. Definitely gonna drop some new shit off my album in the making (Konnichiwa). The Knitting Factory sound system better not be a fisher price ting.”

Said David Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City: “We’re really pleased the way the live bill is shaping up. It’s a diverse cross section of what’s happening on the live scene in the UK at the moment and represents some of the really fresh sounds coming out of British cities. We’ve still got a couple of tricks up our sleeves though and we’ll be announcing some really exciting extra acts and additions to the conference programme over the next few weeks.”

To date NY Sound City has confirmed esteemed journalist Hattie Collins, Vice President of Strategic Marketing at Columbia Records Elliot Lum, Ross Donaldo from AAM Management and Miguel Banuelos from Shazam for the daytime conference in addition to previously announced guests from leading music and lifestyle agencies, Frukt and Cornerstone.

The roundtable hosts will also include Andrew Zarick from Digital Dumbo, Terri White from Time Out New York, Seth Hillinger from New York Music Tech, Leslie Hermelin from AstralWerks, Nicola Wild from Creed Management, Corey Roberts from Songs Publishing, Siouxz Zimmerman from Magnum PR, Justin Miller from HAKT Recordings and Richard Sloven, Talent Buyer at The Knitting Factory.

Hot on the heels of SXSW, New York Sound City offers an exciting networking opportunity for the industry, both companies and artists, in one of the most exciting cities in the world.

David continued: “Being part of New York Sound City really is an unparalleled opportunity to get in front of key players in music industry – to perform in front of an audience that includes heads of labels, publishers, agents, promoter, managers and, of course, potential fans – all in Brooklyn’s coolest venue, the Knitting Factory. Previous performers have included The Enemy, Reverend and the Makers and Wet Nuns, so the showcasing artists will be in good company.”

Thank you to all the artists who applied to perform at this year’s event. We will be announcing the winner over the following weeks.

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