SoundCity 2021: Ones to Watch

For those of you who’ve been living under a rock, Sound City 2021 is proudly making it’s way back to the city of Liverpool after a two year break, and they are coming back with a beast of a line up for us all. Taking place on 1st – 3rd October, the festival sees the likes of Red Rum Club, Beabadoobee, Rejjie Snow, Jamie Webster and The Lathums taking to your favourite music venues across the city, celebrating the incredible music scene we have here in the heart of Liverpool.


Whilst I’m sure you’re all buzzing to see these impressive acts gracing the stages, I’m going to showcase some of the acts on the line-up that you may not have your eyes on just yet, or maybe haven’t quite yet discovered on your journey through the local music scene. Liverpool has a huge collection of upcoming artists on the breaking point of making it big time, so below is a preview of a handful of these artists, so you can be that step further in knowing who the ones to watch are.


  1. Pixey


For those of you who are regular KCC Live listeners, you’ll know that we are MASSIVE fans of a certain Merseyside icon, who describes herself as ‘the indie Britney Spears’. Pixey has been bubbling away in the music scene now for years, with the recent announcement of her latest EP ‘Sunshine State’ under Chess Club Records due to being released on October 29th, with tracks ‘Life in Stereo’ and ‘Sunshine State’ taking the streaming platforms by storm over the summer leading up to this release. Having seen her in Futureyard, Birkenhead at the FestEvol in August this year, I can tell you that you are in for a right treat, with nostalgic guitar riffs and fresh, fun sounding vocals taking you back to your indie-pop childhood, whilst staying current and relevant in today’s music world. After being previous Artist of the Month and numerous Release of the Week winners here at KCC, we are so proud and excited to see Pixey perform at Sound City this year.


  1. Monks


Again being previous Release of the Week choice here at KCC with their single ‘Night Moves’, Monks are a definite band to watch at Sound City this year. Taking you immediately back to the colourful shirts and curly hairstyles of the 70s and 80s, their disco-rock fusion of sounds create tunes you’ll have spinning round in your head for days after the gig. Made up of 5 lads George, Nathan, Kali, Joe and Liam, they’ve released many tracks which all ooze electro pop magic, with tracks such as ‘Sundried’ and ‘Dreamboat’ reaching well over 500,000 streams each on Spotify. For fans of Talking Heads and Blossoms, this band is definitely for you.


  1. Abbie Ozard


If you listen to Vistas or Fickle Friends and you haven’t heard of Abbie Ozard yet, then make sure to go and watch her at Sound City this year, and you’ll never want to leave. After being playlisted on ‘The Indie List’’ and ‘Our Generation’ on Spotify Editorials to name a few, Abbie has gained quite a following with her two EPs ‘Growing Pains’ and ‘let’s play pretend’, amongst other incredible singles and collaborations. With infectiously catchy chorus melodies to painfully good up-beat drum beats, you’ll be glad you swapped your heels for trainers as you dance away to the indie-pop greatness of her tunes. After signing with Liverpool based Modern Sky, before LAB Records, Abbie’s tracks have collected over 1.5 million Spotify streams already, and this is just the beginning.


  1. Luke Royalty


Although not Merseyside based, honourary Scouser Luke Royalty is bringing the vibes at Sound City this year, another one to watch. Having been Release of the Week many times here at KCC Live, this Darlington raised songwriter blends pop, hip-hop and soul in his tunes ‘I Do’ and ‘I Could Get Used to This’ to name a few. Having played at 110 Above Festival and BBC Radio One’s Big Weekend recently, Luke’s journey to the big leagues is rapidly growing day by day. The first time I saw Luke play was at an acoustic set in Liverpool Arts Bar, and ever since that day I’ve had his songs and overall style stuck in my mind. Now with a full band bringing the juicy bass lines and gritty drums, this Sound City performance is on my bucket list for the weekend, and I hope to see you there as well.


  1. Brooke Combe


Having just announced her support slot with Miles Kane for his 2022 tour, Brooke Combe’s set at Sound City is 100% in my plans for the festival weekend. With singles ‘Are You With Me?’, ‘A-Game’ and ‘Used To Love Me’, as well as her ‘Yes Sir, I Can Boogie’ cover, these soulful vocal performances are paired with grooves that’ll make you pull approving faces you never thought you could pull. Joining Courteeners and The Lathums at their gigs, if you haven’t crossed paths with Brooke yet, it won’t be long until you see her name everywhere. The Edinburgh-based singer has sold out King Tut’s, played at Edinburgh Festival for BBC Introducing and has headline gigs in Manchester, London and Edinburgh lined up for this November, so after you fall in love with her at Sound City, make sure to keep in the loop of what this incredible artist is doing in the future. 

  • Written by Meg Shaw