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Liverpool Sound City announces Wayne Coyne as keynote speaker, alongside Julian Cope & Viv Albertine

Liverpool Sound City has announced an that this year’s conference will focus on the key theme of The Unsung Hero

Flaming Lips front man Wayne Coyne will be in conversation with his long term manager and ally, Scott Booker.  They will be looking in depth at the way they have worked together over an illustrious career and revealing the ups and downs of the journey so far. This promises to be a real highlight of the Sound City conference and not to be missed.

Julian Cope is returning to his old stomping grounds to reflect on a life less ordinary and explore some of the more abstract themes of a musical career spanning four decades. He’s joined on the conference bill by post-punk luminary Viv Albertine who, hot on the heels of her recent memoir ‘Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys’, will be examining the role of the unsung hero in popular culture and how their influence can massively outstrip initial recognition.

 Also featuring in the ‘In Conversation’ programme is will be The Fall’s prolific front man Mark E. Smith, king of NYC punk and Ramones manager Danny Fields and ‘local lad done well’ Billboard hall of fame master of EDM, James Barton, creator of Cream.

David Pichilingi, CEO of Sound City, said: “We have made a seismic change to the whole profile of Sound City this year and that includes the conference. The Titanic Hotel is a splendid setting and certainly matches the new vision for Sound City.  As ever we’ve cut through the staid, formulaic conference format that so many other industry events desperately cling to. Our aim is to spark debate, to explore the controversial, to stimulate business relationships and for people to genuinely get something from it, to leave inspired, energised and entertained.”

The Sound City music line-up of live acts is far from finalised but is looking great so far:

The Vaccines / The Flaming Lips / Belle & Sebastian

Roni Size Reprazent • The Thurston Moore Band • Gaz Coombes

Fucked Up • Evian Christ • Unknown Mortal Orchestra

The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger • Dum Dum Girls • Cymbals Eat Guitars

Stealing Sheep • Dutch Uncles • Slaves • All We Are

Jane Weaver • Dave McCabe & The Ramifications • The Serpent Power

Bad Breeding • Apes • Single Mothers + 100s more

Liverpool Sound City Conference takes place on the 21 & 22 May ‘15

Liverpool Sound City’s music festival takes place 22-24 May

 To buy wristbands or to apply to play at Liverpool Sound City 2015 visit http://www.liverpoolsoundcity.co.uk/

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