Liverpool’s own but downsized version of SXSW, Liverpool Sound City, returns for three days in May 2011. Showcasing local and national talent the festival is a chance for industry insiders, promoters, tastemakers to sign the next big thing and music lovers to discover their favourite new band.

Various venues around the city’s cultural quarter will provide a platform for bands and artists to show off their skills, but there will also be conferences and panels held over the weekend as well as label-hosted nights.

Rather than buy Liverpool Sound City tickets to individual events, you can buy an encompassing wristband for the three days.