May bank holiday weekend- what better way to spend it than surrounding yourself with creative energy, talented musicians and beautiful people? Liverpool Sound City festival is an entirely submersing experience, with open air stages, street performances and vivid graphics to capture your imagination as you wander from stage to stage.
Hosted in venues around Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle, the contemporary neighbourhood provides stages such as Birdie’s Live Room, Love Lane Brewery and Ditto Coffee where several of BIMM’s own talented artists added their personal flare to the atmosphere. BIMM Manchester artists featuring on the festival’s line-up this year included the likes of Indica Gallery, Ballamona, HANĀ, Julia Bardo, Jekyll and Jamie Ferguson taking to the stage.
On Saturday evening, Jamie Ferguson provided a dynamic performance, comfortably switching between mesmerising percussive, acoustic originals to restyled arrangements of Jimi Hendrix and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He captivated the audience song-by-song, only to break the trance with amusing stories and playful chatter with his rapport between them. Jamie concluded his set with an immaculate rendition of his single ‘Wedding Bells’, intricate technique flourishes and mellow tones created a soul-capturing performance. With a remarkably skilful display squeezed into just a 30-minute set, Jamie Ferguson really is one to keep your eye out for.
Sunday afternoon proved to be a vibrant display of artists coming from BIMM campuses around the country. Alex Francis – who illuminated the Brick Street stage – and Luvia were two acts travelling up the coast from Brighton along with Bristol-based 60s pop troupe Family Jools. Both Luvia and Family Jools took to the Cavern Stage, which served as the ideal venue to enjoy their sets in the bank holiday sun.
After gathering a sizeable audience, Jekyll launch into their performance on the same stage with a fervent energy. Contrasting beautiful falsetto vocals with the drive of their guitars, the band worked perfectly to reflect the antithesis of the speaker rigs and marquees, with the backdrop of Liverpool Cathedral.
Words by Heather McKendrick