The annual Sound City + business event is the UK’s leading independent conference for new music - founded to champion the rich and diverse creative output of the North of England, in particular, but welcoming and celebrating exciting artists and leading executives from all over the world every year.

This year’s Sound City + conference will take place on Friday 3rd May 2019 at the British Music Experience hosting a day of panels, workshops and InConversations from a wide range of industry professionals.

Sound City conference attendees will descend upon the British Music Experience, which tells the story of British music through costumes, instruments, performance and memorabilia, all housed in the iconic, grade II listed Cunard Building on Liverpool’s UNESCO World Heritage Site waterfront. 

Following on from the success of the past decade which has hosted keynote speakers including John Cale (The Velvet Underground), Black Ice, Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips), Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), plus in conversations with Justin Hayward-Young & Freddie Cowan (The Vaccines), Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), The Wombats, Everything Everything, Julian Cope (The Teardrop Explodes) Gruff Rhys, Bastille, Gabriella Cilmi, Viv Albertine (The Slits), Scott Booker (Hellfire Records), Mark E Smith (The Fall), in 2019 Sound City will raise the bar yet again, with Sound City+, featuring more incisive speakers, discussions, and opportunities for delegates to meet the great and the good of the international music and digital industries.








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  • PRS Foundation
  • bruntwood
  • LJMU
  • Keychange
  • See Tickets
  • INES
  • Creative Europe
  • Baltic Creative
  • Help Musicians