Sound City + 2017 Preview

With Sound City on it’s pre-game path to becoming one of this year’s highlights, its spin-off world renowned conference Sound City+ has confirmed more for the 2017 conference, themed around revolution.

With Sound City being ten this year, all the stops have been pulled to create the best bill ever and Sound City+ is no different, with its move to Camp and Furnace and confirmation of the full line-up. We’ve broken it all down below:

This year, Sound City will takeover the Baltic Triangle cultural area to create a more open, consistent vibe for the festival’s conference. Camp will feature this year’s In-Conversations, including talks with:

  • Public Image Ltd‘s famed bassist Jah Wobble
  • Alternative goddess Peaches
  • Don Letts
  • Kevin Cummins & Tom Oxley
  • Journalist Hattie Collins
  • Andrew Weatherall
  • Greg Wilson & Tim Lawrence
  • Art of Noise‘s Anne Dudley, JJ Jeczalik & Gary Langan.

Furnace will feature this year’s wondrous panel line-up that includes:

  • The Possibilities Are Endless featuring MelodyVR‘s Anthony Matchett & Steve  Hancock, ReverbNation‘s Simon Perry, Deviate Digital‘s Sammy Andrews and SoundCloud‘s Matt Fenby-Taylor as they discuss the evolution of tech in the music industry and what the future holds for music in the eyes of the tech world.
  • I Don’t Want To Play Wembley, I Just Want To Quit My Bloody Day Job features Sentric Music‘s Simon Pursehouse as he and his three guest musicians Stealth, Coco and James Warburton discuss how musicians and managers can finally stop working their day job and live off their endeavours in the arts.
  • Grime: A Modern Musical Revolution? features iconic journalist Hattie Collins as she discusses the revolutionary cultural movement of grime with MC Dapz On The Map and be83‘s Despa Robinson.
  • The Revolution Will Be Televised will feature a stunning line-up of guests including legendary manager and publicity director for Elektra Records Danny Fields (Iggy & The Stooges/Ramones), Nathan McGough (manager of Happy Mondays), Sarah Brooksbank (manger of Fat White Family, Moonlandingz) and Sire Records‘ co-founder Seymour Stein as they collide to discuss the environmental and economical factors that led to the rise of cultural revolutions such as punk, the British Invasion, acid house etc.)
  • Power To The People sees Skiddle‘s Jimmy Coultas, MP Nigel Adams and FanFair Alliance‘s Adam Webb as they discuss the progress against secondary ticket touting that has been destroying live music over the last few years.
  • It’s Not All About The Girls This Year takes a hard look at creating change to make a better working world with guests Come Play With Me‘s Miz DeShannon, classical musican Emmanual VassJesper Frydenlund, AIM‘s Lara Baker, Amy Hope-Walpole of the band Witch Fever and Jackie Chambers guitarist of the band Girlschool.
  •  Take It Up With MGMT sees artists and managers discuss the complex working relationship between the two in this rapidly changing world. Presented by Musicians Union, Music Managers Forum and the Featured Artists Coalition.

Blade Factory will see the return of Sound City+‘s Sofa Sessions with a fantastic line-up featuring:

  • Music Publishing… WTF? discussing one of the most important and overly complex parts of the music industry, music publishing.
  • Disrupt or Die features a look into how an artist can be seen and noticed in the modern industry, with a talk from Berklee Online‘s Mike King.
  • Not The Usual Suspects explores how oppurtunities can be seezed by talented artists that aren’t “the usual suspects” featuring BPI‘s Chris Tams, Punch RecordsAmmo Talwar, broadcaster Jasmine Dotiwala and Mervyn Lyn.
  • Rave-o-lution will take a look at the political struggles of the acid house rave rise of the late 1980s featuring guests Cream co-founder Andy Carroll, Gio Goi‘s Chris Donnelly, writer/DJ/promoter Nicky Trax, producer Nina Walsh, Richard Norris, Steve Vertigo and Suddi Raval.
  • The No Nonsense Guide to Putting On a Festival sees Sound City COO Becky Ayres, From The FieldsEmma Zillmann and Ticketweb‘s Gillian Henderson explore how to successfully hold a festival.
  • The 60s Rock and Roll Revolution will see guests Probe Records‘ founder Geoff Davies, Beryl Marsden, former promoter Craig Sams and music solicitor Stephen Lea as they discuss and dissect the technicolor world of the swingin’ 60s rock n’ roll revolution.
  • Welcome To Asia is a grand panel inviting attendees to be introduced to some of the fastest music markets in the world based in Asia.
  • Pirate Live will showcase the brand new future of live streaming performances and acts with an esteemed panel featuring E-comnemce specialist Adam Balderston, Pirate StudiosDavid Borrie, Skype‘s David Buddenhagen and app building specialist Solly Jubrail.

Along with the amazing discussion section, Sound City+ will provide live music at Constellations featuring sets by Abichan, The Isrights, The Shipbuilders, Scarlet and many more.

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