“The fact that there’s scarcely a cloud in the sky bodes well for Sound City, as though the gods are approving of the festival’s decision to move back to the heart of the city”
SOUND CITY as we know it is back. Such is the feeling of our brilliant Student Society members, who covered this year’s festival and wrote only good things about its relocation to the heart of the city. By taking over the buzzing Baltic Triangle for the bank holiday weekend of 5th and 6th May 2018, Sound City regained some of its original sparkle and attendees revelled in the lively festival atmosphere.
Central to our post-festival coverage is the Sound City 2018 review by Student Society members Conal Cunningham, Conor Giblin and Georgia Turnbull which appeared in our June 2018 issue. They spread their wings far and wide, wandered the Baltic Triangle and watched whatever took their fancy, to give Bido readers a true insight into this year’s festival. Each of our reviewers also penned full reviews of their views of the weekend, including many more musical discoveries that we simply couldn’t fit in the magazine.
Conal Cunningham covers headliners PEACE and SUPERORGANISM, and is left captivated by BILLY LOCKET‘s emotional and soulful set at the On Air stage. Conor Giblin enjoys MATT MALTESE‘s laid back demeanour and skillful piano playing, and finds six-piece band ALASKALASKA “absolutely spellbinding”. Georgia Turnbull catches Halifax-born turned Liverpool-favourites THE ORIELLES, and the wild, havoc-inducing set by Bristol-based IDLES.
Conal Cunningham also writes about the Sound City+ conference, which he decides is a compelling day for any music lover. Meanwhile, Sophie Shields takes a closer look at the sector-wide Keychange initiative aimed at bringing gender equality to our festivals within five years. She spoke with The Orielles and BLACK HONEY to get their take on the pledge.
Our coverage wouldn’t be complete without our excellent photographers, who managed to capture the excitement of Sound City’s first year back in the city: Stu Moulding, Jessica Grace Neal, Lauren Jade Keir, and Kristian Patten. Stu also went along to the STEALING SHEEP SUFFRAGETTE TRIBUTE rehearsal and performance, and his photographs document the feminist, empowering spirit of the project.
Dermot Kennedy (Jessica Grace Neal / @JGNphotography)