Liverpool Sound City announce their first wave of acts for 2019, with a little more focus on British hip hop and R&B. 

Liverpool Sound City have announced the first wave of acts for their 2019 festival, headed by British hip hop sensation Loyle Carner and R&B singer-songwriter Mabel.

Championed as Britain’s new hope in hip hop, Loyle Carner will headline the Sunday night of the festival. He is a true voice of his generation; a street poet and wordsmith who captures the mood of his contemporaries, he electrifies audiences as much as he inspires them.

Meanwhile, Saturday’s headliner Mabel – daughter of the legendary Neneh Cherry – is a mesmeric child of the halcyon-age of 00s R&B, harnessing the energy of her idols from that hallowed era. She has also collaborated with everyone from Stormzy to Tate Modern.

Both of these artists are stunningly popular and relevant, with both currently enjoying chart success.

They will be joined by: Alligator, Benin City, Cousin Kula, Dancing on Tables, Dayo Bello, Dot, Emily Burns, Giant Rooks, Goodies, Harry Miller, Heavy Lungs, Indigo Lo, Jvck James, Louis Berry, Magic Gang, Molly Rainford, Monks, Our Girl, Red Rum Club, Roman Lewis, Ryan McMullan, Saltwater Sun, Sophie and the Giants, Spinn, SPQR, Tamu Massif, Tracky and Vistas with many more still to be announced.

The festival weekend will start with the Sound City+ conference on Friday 4th May, featuring a full day of illuminating, engaging and inspiring keynote speeches, interviews, roundtable debates, workshops, business meetings and much more at Liverpool’s historic Cunard Building.

Rebecca Ayres, Sound City’s Managing Director, explains: “We are all incredibly proud to announce the first artists joining us in May 2019 for the 12th Sound City. With Loyle Carner and Mabel we have two of the leading artists of their generation, and support from a wide range of emerging talent. Earlier this year, we had a truly magical return back to our roots in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle with our sold out 11th edition. It was an incredible weekend for all who attended from right around the world. And for 2019 we will very much continue to champion new music and the next wave of stars in the making which is Sound City’s founding ethos, as well as further embracing diversity and equality in everything we do as a festival”.

Liverpool Sound City 2019 takes place between Friday 3rd – Sunday 5th May across the Baltic Triangle. Early bird tickets are available now.