So Dave’s in the big smoke schmoozing and has foolishly handed me control of this fine news purveyor again…
And what a week of news we have. He’s missed a good one.
Firstly I can reveal that the effervescent Hackney born, half-Spanish lovely that is Paloma Faith will be giving Liverpool Sound City 2010 the kick-start it deserves.
The former magicians assistant and burlesque dancer once joked about slumming it at festivals, “Anywhere you can’t wear stilettos just isn’t worth going”, so we’ve taken that quote and run with it, providing her with a show in one of Europe’s finest art deco buildings and the home to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, ‘Liverpool Philharmonic Hall’.
The following evening local favourites, and Sound City friends Wave Machines are promising pop rhythms and selling us soaring synths in Liverpool’s favourite underground hotspot the Kazimier. NME’s last years ‘ones to watch’, we’re watching and we’re taking notes.
Friday night will then see ‘MercuryAwardWinningSpeechDebelle’ (as she is now collectively known) ride in to the city on a wave of critical acclaim to headline our partner venue O2Academy2. According to Debelle the Liverpool accent is her favourite accent in the world and she can’t wait to come and hear us speak….well come ed’ girl, calm down and get yourself to our proper sound city, it’ll be boss – I’m preparing a ‘Speech’ as we speak!
On the opposite end of town, Friday 21st May will see Korova host crafty electronica act Gold Panda (sounds rare!), with Bristol based guests Hook and The Twin and dance act Grosvenor.
But now the news that has had the office standing to attention, combing our bearskins, and shining our buttons is the announcement that musical royalty Seymour Stein will be delivering one of our keynote talks this year.
For the ignorant reader Seymour Stein is the cofounder and chairman of Sire Records, the label that put Punk and New Wave on the map. Famous for signing artists such as Madonna, The Ramones, Blondie, Talking Heads and Liverpool’s own Echo and the Bunnymen he is one of the last old-school “record men” still working in the music business, Stein succeeded by anticipating the next musical wave and signing its brightest lights.
For the fast fingered amongst you individual gig tickets will be available from 9am Friday 5th February from www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk
And for the lucky few early bird wristbands and delegate passes will be available until Friday 5th February.