We are pleased to announce that BIMM will be returning to Liverpool Sound City later this year to help celebrate the festival’s 10th anniversary.

The four-day event, which takes place on 25th-28th May at Liverpool’s Clarence Dock, will see performances from BIMM Brighton alumni The Kooks, legend John Cale, The Human League, Metronomy, The Cribs, Carl Barat, Slaves and more.

2017 will mark our fourth year at Liverpool Sound City. As such, we’ll be curating our annual BIMM showcase and welcoming a host of talented bands and artists from our BIMM campuses.

Joining us this year will be BIMM London’s Tom Dunne, a soulful crooner who fuses atmospheric RnB with low-key electronica. The hotly-tipped troubadour has received much airplay from Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and is sure to be a hit in Liverpool.

He will share the stage with Will Murray, Harry Zwaig, Will Tavener and Flynn Whelan of BIMM Brighton’s FUR. Brilliantly DIY, the 60s inspired indie group are known for blending guitar driven licks with sweet melodies.

BIMM Manchester’s Crimsons will also make an appearance at the highly-anticipated bash, having impressed tutors, students and critics alike with a darker and more brooding take on post-punk.

“With a sound which strays from so many of the young male-led bands in the North at the moment, Crimsons turn their tunes of love, longing and identity into an alluring animal,” wrote Louder Than War’s Emily Oldfield.

Also featuring on our 2017 line-up is BIMM Bristol luminary Chay Snowdon, a slick indie starlet with stark similarities to Jake Bugg and Alex Turner (circa Favourite Worst Nightmare).

The singer-songwriter, a regular face on BBC Introducing, has been making a real name for himself on the festival circuit, having played the BBC 6 Music Festival, Y-Not and has previously toured with fellow Sound City attendees, The Sherlocks.

Finally, a BIMM Dublin duo with a sound like nothing you’ve heard before. It’s our pleasure to welcome Ellie McMahon and Aoife McCann of Æ MAK (pronounced AY MAK).

Energetic alternative pop and infectious melodies are how we’d describe this bright duo. We’re expecting both Ellie and Aoife to bring the party to Sound City, following the success of their debut EP ‘I Can Feel it in My Bones.

We may be biased, but Æ MAK, like all of this year’s groups, are not to be missed. Nevertheless, they’ve a big act to follow after last year’s showcase, which saw huge crowds turn up to the Cavern Stage to see Storme, Bridges, Vernon Jane, Atlas Wynd and Barron.

However, we’re certain this year’s wave of BIMM talent are more than up to the challenge. If you’re a fan of new and unsigned talent, there’s only one place to be in May.

See you there!

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