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What not to miss at Liverpool Sound City 2016

After a momentous edition that featured spellbinding live sets by the like of The Flaming Lips, Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Swans last time, it’s only a few weeks until Liverpool Sound City returns to Bramley Moore Dock.

The event has been shaved down to two days this year and there has been a slight reshuffle – with the industrial surroundings of the Baltic Warehouse having been ring-fenced as a venue to host some of the biggest luminaries in electronica.

But after organisers made the final additions this morning, revellers will be treated to a huge range of sounds from almost every genre over nine stages on May 28th-29th.

So without further ado, here are Far Out’s picks from a lineup that has got us salivating all over our keyboards. What a mess.

1. Bill Ryder-Jones

Bill’s latest record West Kirkby County Primary has rarely been off the Far Out stereo since it came out on Domino at the end of last year. It’s a mesmerising cacophony of a wonderfully genuine musician laying himself bare.

LSC 2016 will mark a huge homecoming for the former Coral man when he performs within the grand surroundings of the Main Stage, May 29th. His set is sure to be a highlight of a second day packed with talent.

Listen to former Track of the Day ‘Two to Birkenhead’ below.

2. Young Fathers

They pummelled our insanely grateful lobes with not one but two amazing albums in the space of just over a year and seem to be going from strength to strength.

After taking the festival circuit by storm last summer and wowing crowds on tour with Massive Attack, this Edinburgh hip-hop revelation have been given the headline slot they deserve at LSC 2016.

If the garish lad-rock of Catfish and the Bottlemen just isn’t what you fancy on Saturday night this year, Young Fathers come as a perfect alternative (if not a bona fide superior).

Give the explosive ‘LOW’ a go right here.

3. Floating Points

Having signed with esteemed label Ninja Tune, Sam Shepherd aka Floating Points produced a masterclass in electronic jazz-fusion with his debut LP Elaenia.

We caught his live show a couple of months ago in Manchester and although it felt like a rather mismatched crowd on the night, the set was encapsulating.

Shepherd will perform on the aforementioned Baltic Stage curated by Liverpool staples Freeze on Saturday May 29th.

Immerse your senses in the wonderful ‘Silhouettes I,II & III’ below.

4. Sleaford Mods

It has been truly encouraging to see a band as important as Sleaford Mods making an ever-greater assault on the consciousness of the mainstream over the last year or so.

The venues for their rabble-rousing live tours have been growing in stature and a huge slot on the Main Stage at LSC 2016  could well prove a defining moment for the festival.

It’s a brave move to stick this electrifying and constantly thought provoking duo right at the top of the bill, but we’ve got a feeling they will stand up and be counted, very possibly creating a full scale anarchic revolution in the process.

Get stuck into ‘Rupert Trousers’ with all your might.

5. Leftfield

After what seemed like an age-long hiatus, Neil Barnes resurrected electronica institution Leftfield last year with the outstanding comeback record Alternative Light Source.

Although Paul Daley is no longer around, collaborations with the likes of our last pick Sleaford Mods meant the LP marked a remarkable return to the big time.

What’s more, festival shows last summer and a huge live tour have wet the appetite beautifully for a headline set on the Baltic Stage at LSC 2016.

Bask in the sounds of ‘Universal Everything’ below.

6. Cabbage

Steam them, boil them, fry them, kick them about like a football and now have your eardrums intimately assaulted by them in the most enthralling way possible.

This wittily abrasive post-punk septet will come storming down the M62 to Merseyside from the allotments of the town of Mossley, armed with flaming pitchforks, lies about Manchester and a placcy bag full of mind-intoxicating home grow.

Get your entire five a day in one short, sharp dose on Tim Burgess’ ‘Tim Peaks’ Diner Stage, Saturday May 28th.

Check out the slightly disorientating video for ‘Kevin’ here.

7. The Coral

A finale fit for a king, these Wirral legends will bring the Main Stage to a euphoric close when they bring their glittering back catalogue to LSC 2016, combined with the blissed-out repertoire from latest album Distance Inbetween.

We reviewed their barnstorming comeback gig at Manchester’s Albert Hall last month and bore witness to a band not only reinvigorated, but in their element. This will be a guaranteed moment to remember.

Have a listen to ‘Chasing the Tail of a Dream’ below.

Patrick Davies