To all artists looking to perform at Liverpool Sound City 2012 free submissions are now open. Sound City are accepting submissions through Sonicbids and if you’re not already a Sonicbids member your application will also come with a two-week free trial Sonicbids membership. This membership allows you to connect to thousands of promoters in your area and/or overseas as well as promote your gigs to across social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

Sound City is a free application process that encourages all bands from every corner of the world to apply without paying to play. More information and to apply: 

The Liverpool Sound City Festival showcases the best in new music with over 400 live acts from across the globe and has contributed to the success of artists like Florence & the Machine, Eliza Doolittle and The Wombats, just to name a few. From 17 to 19 May 2012, it will bring together more than 25,000 creative business sector professionals, artists and music and film fans to enjoy today’s best new art and chart its future course.

Liverpool Sound is one of the greatest musical events the city of Liverpool has seen. It has become the most important city centre festival and international music business conference in the North of England for music lovers and industry people alike. Now heading into its 5th year, Liverpool Sound City is 3 days and nights of intensive gigs, music events and parties taking place in over 30 venues across Liverpool City Centre.

All selected bands will get a wristband for the festival, and their manager (or other rep/member of band if they don’t have one) gets a delegate pass to attend the convention.

Previous performers include: Animal Collective, Black Lips, Phil Selway of Radiohead, Miles Kane, Willy Mason, The Kooks, Jamie XX, Cage the Elephant, Casiokids, Crystal Castles, Deerhunter, Enter Shikari, Florence and the Machine, Glasvegas, Hadouken!, Hercules and Love Affair, Iglu and Hartly, Infadels, Juliette and the New Romantiques, King Creosote, Ladyhawke, Laura Marling, Little Boots, Metronomy, Mongrel, Mystery Jets, Pendulum, Post War Years, Pulled Apart By Horses, Reverend and the Makers, Silver Jews, Santogold, We Have Band, White Denim, White Lies, Wild Beasts, You Me At Six. In November, we launched Dubai Sound City and flew over 100 artists into the UAE for the first 3 day festival ever to take place in the region. Highlights included The Doves, Happy Mondays, Ian Brown, The Whip, The Courteeners, Gabrielle Cilmi, Super Furry Animals, Sound of Guns and Wave Machines

Key speakers from the world of music and tech were also present and included: Peter Hook and Kevin Cummins, RjDj’s Michael Breidenbruecker, Next Big Sound’s Alex White and Drowned In Sound’s Sean Adams, Simon Raymonde from Bella Union and Eric Pulido of Midlake. They also hosted some of the best and brightest heads in music tech such as SoundCloud,, Radar Maker and Music Hack Day.

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MUSIC NEWS Scotland was born 12 years ago when dial up broadband was still around and desktop pc’s ruled. So we did what had been done since 220 AD in China and every month put ink on a printing plate, ran some paper over it and hey presto MNS was published (okay it was a wee bit more involved than that, but the basic principle was the same!) Move on to 2011 with high speed broadband and access to the www everywhere and the future was catching up with us rapidly. The volume of information flowing into MNS HQ was more than our monthly issue could cope with, and more and more Scottish music stories of great value were being spiked (an old press term not a dodgy drink). Reaching our vast number of readers in every conceivable nook and cranny of Scotland has always been a challenge monthly but to do that more often was physically not feasible. So we have doffed oor tam o’ shanter to the future and MNS is now a weekly digital publication, and not only weekly now but twice the number of pages than our old printed friend! Along with our weekly GIGguide and FESTIVALS! supplement we are now producing 72 pages of Scottish music news (and only music news) each and EVERY week:) We remain as true as ever to our launch roots of 8 years ago though - MUSIC NEWS Scotland supports all Scottish bands and performers no matter what style of music you’re involved in. Our aim is to circulate music industry news and to help to raise the profile of musicians and improve communications between genres. To help achieve this copies of MUSIC NEWS Scotland are emailed to key industry contacts throughout the UK. Thank you for your support over the last 8 years and please raise a glass to our digital future with you all. Thanks for your support, The MNS team!
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