Festival season officially begins in the UK this weekend with Brighton’s Great Escape beckoning in the warmer weather and louder music, we look towards Liverpool Sound City which takes places the following weekend. Beginning on May 22, this year’s eclectic collection of the very best new music and arts is set to be the best yet as the event takes over the Docklands for the first time. The multi-venue event is an incredible celebration of culture and Liverpool in general so with countless things to see and do, we have collated five things on offer you simply cannot afford to miss this year.

1. Belle & Sebastian 

The Scottish power house of experimental indie will be headlining a number of UK festivals this summer, yet the intimacy of Sound City is unlikely to be recreated. This is a fantastic opportunity to see the stunning new album ‘Girls In Peacetime Only Want To Dance’ along with modern classics such as ‘The Boy With the Arab Strap’. The group is assured to bring the weekend to a fitting end.

2. Lantern Parade

On Saturday at midnight, plans are afoot for an illuminated parade, hot on the heels of the Flaming Lips headline set, that will transport festival goers to an extraordinary surrealist world of the imagination where art and science morph through crazy giant mutant puppets, released into the late night audience by Liverpool’s very own Lantern Company.

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3. Everything Everything 

Two years ago Everything Everything played a storming set in The Kazimier following the release of their triumphant second album ‘Arc’. Now on the eve of the third, the quartet are re-energised and prepared to once again take the city by storm with new tracks such as ‘Regret’ and the alt-dance banger ‘Distant Past’.

4. Screenadelica 

In a world where music artwork is migrating to digital formats, Sound City’s Screendadelica is a consistent highlight of the weekend. To be surrounded by so many stunning pieces of print work all inspired by current bands and musicians is really astounding and deserves a visit for those passionate about art, design, print and nice visual material in general.

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5. All We Are

Liverpudlian multi-nationality trio All We Are released a debut album earlier this year which was a masterclass in alt-psychedelica and amazed critics across the UK. Playing a homecoming show of sorts at Sound City as they close their largest European tour to date at the event, this band is tipped for huge things so do not pass up the opportunity to see them now. This festival is known for showcasing artists in intimate settings before they break from beneath the radar: see The xx, La Roux, Florence + the Machine, Alt-J etc.

If you are lucky enough to be attending this year do not forget to really enjoy the city of Liverpool. I feel incredibly passionate for this friendly, creative hub which is the most hospitable of places. If you find yourself with breaks in your gig schedule then go drink in the pirate themed bar on the Docklands, meander the many museums and galleries including the brilliant F.A.C.T and make sure you check out Moose Cafe for that much needed hangover breakfast. See you on the Mersey festival travellers.

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Tickets are available here for the weekend and individuals days: http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/tickets

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