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Top City gigs you should flock to; Get the Buzz at Sound City with PETER GUY.

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LIVERPOOL Sound City prides itself on blending big league bands with emerging hype artists.

But from its earliest inception it has provided a fitting foundation for supporting rising Liverpool talent and helping promote Merseyside new music and creative endeavour.

And while this year's big name attractions may come in the shape of The Flaming Lips, Vaccines and Belle & Sebastian, there's a colossal chunk of Liverpool musicians vying for your attention.

The following list is a mere guide to some of the vast wealth of Liverpool music talent to catch when the action kicks off tonight.

Stealing Sheep - tomorrow, on the Atlantic Stage Super slick smart pop, the Sheeps returned with their second album Not Real last month to unanimous critical acclaim. They're on the road picking up even more followers on their UK tour - expect them to be one of the must-see slots on the docks.

All We Are - tomorrow, on the Atlantic Stage The big success story from Merseyside this year, All We Are have united with the likes of Warpaint, London Grammar and Sound City headliners The Vaccines on tour off the back of winning Merseyside music's GIT Award. Their live set in Liverpool Cathedral was one of Sound City 2014's stand outs.

Katy Alex - Conference Outdoor Acoustic Stage, tonight Sassy, almost fullyformed pop gems aligned to a vocalist clearly comfortable with being out front, Katy was one of the stand outs amid a strong LIMF Academy line up.

The Probes at Mail Chimp Record Fair, tomorrow Having bagged a support slot with Echo and the Bunnymen, The Probes are one of the fastest rising young bands in the city.

Mixing dark melodies and sinister rumbles just like Interpol specialise in they're bound to win more new fans in May.

Cavalry at The North Stage - tomorrow Five-piece Cavalry infuse wistful acoustic folk with the epic traits of bands such as The National earning support slots for the likes of The Antlers and Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks.

Hooton Tennis Club - tomorrow, on the Baltic Stage Slacker rockers Hooton Tennis Club are Liverpool music's fairytale success story of the year - from DIY Edge Hill University label to Heavenly Recordings in the space of six months.

They released their debut single Jasper in February and are now working on their debut album in Parr Street Studios.

Jane Weaver - Sunday May 24 on the Atlantic Stage Kraut-folk mystical pop dreamer Jane Weaver released one of the stand out albums of 2014 and she returns to Liverpool after a storming mini set at this year's GIT Awards at the Kazimier.

Tabitha Jade at Conference Outdoor Acoustic Stage - tonight Boasting a vocal range beyond her 14-years of age, Tabitha combines slick pop with funky RnB - expect much more from this precocious teenager.

The Vryll Society at Atlantic Stage - tomorrow Following a barnstorming set at the GIT Award 2015, The Vryll Society will be frying more minds with their early Verve meets Black Angels in Peter's Week Getintothis guitar squalls. From the Deltasonic stable that brought us The Coral and Zutons this lot will continue the legacy started by Alan Wills and his team.

Strange Collective at Baltic - tomorrow Breezeblock riffs, pummelling percussion, excitable vocal yelps and a set of songs tailor-made to whip up a storm. They are the North West's finest new rock and roll rabble.

Gulf at Atlantic Stage on the Atlantic Stage - tomorrow Adopting a summercoated hazy-pop template Gulf have attracted the attention of major independent labels and with a host of summer festival slots in the bag, it seems just a matter of time before this hazy dream pop outfit engulf a much wider audience.

Paddy Clegg Conference Outdoor Acoustic Stage - tonight An ear for a hook, a disarming vocal and an artistic intelligence beyond his years, the Huyton teenager displayed his talent over a year ago on the rough-and-ready skiffle of debut single Back To The Start.

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Date:May 22, 2015
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