Well it’s that of time year again when the whole industry packs its bags and jets off to Deep South of the US of A for the SXSW shebang. This will be the 5th year we’ve been over there hosting events and parties and doing all we can to promote the North West’s emerging talent.
I’ll give you a full round up of how it all went, but back in Blighty this week has been one of the busiest and most exciting yet as we finalise the bill of Liverpool Sound City 2010.
As a massive fan of his work, it was an incredible buzz to be able to announce that the legendary Gil Scott-Heron we be playing a special show to open the festival at Liverpool’s gorgeous Philharmonic Hall on Thursday 29th April.
Gil laid out the blueprint for the whole hip-hop genre back in 1971 when he released timeless tracks like The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and The Bottle. Since then he’s faced a fare demons with spells in jail and problems with drugs. Thankfully this year saw him comeback with the amazing I’m New Here album, released on XL Recordings and he’s been rightfully acclaimed as the godfather of rap by Jay-Z among others.
I can’t wait for his show and what an amazing way to kick off the festival!
Loads of other great bands from all over the world have also confirmed this week – the highlights are too numerous to mention but I can’t leave without mentioning the incredible Holy Fuck who have just confirmed a show on the 19th May. The band has a legendary live reputation and anyone who saw them at Glastonbury in 2007 will know what I mean!