BIMM’s triumphant return to Liverpool Sound City – our fourth year at the world-renowned annual music festival and industry conference – saw a host of standout performances and live music from both our current talented students and alumni.
Fickle Friends, Pale Waves and current indie luminaries Cabbage were among the bands playing at various stages around Liverpool’s Clarence Dock and the city centre. The bands did not disappoint either, with huge crowds turning out to see big crowds watching our BIMM acts.
Elsewhere, BIMM were pleased to stage an exclusive interview with Berlin-based Canadian electronic musician and performance artist Peaches, as our cultural event at the Camp and Furnace venue.
Peaches, AKA Merill Beth Nisker, sat down with BIMM London’s own Dr Jennifer Otter Bickerdicke to discuss her spectacular performance in Liverpool and celebrating her 50th birthday in the city.
Conversing on leather sofas, they talked about Peaches’ ability to push boundaries and challenge her audience, her love for musicals, support slots with Mansun and being a trailblazer in the music industry.
Peaches explained that she is an entirely independent artist and self-produced filmmaker. Rumour has it that the BIMM In Conversation was the best one of the day, too!
As with previous years, we also brought a selection of must-see acts from across our colleges for the annual BIMM Official Showcase, which took place on The Cavern stage on Saturday afternoon (27 May).
First on stage was hotly-tipped BIMM London singer-songwriter Tom Dunne who brought the house down with his soulful and haunting voice, which blends moody electronica with poetic lyrics – the perfect combination for a sunny afternoon in Liverpool.
Next was BIMM Bristol‘s Chay Snowdon – who looked and dressed like Gene Vincent, mixed with Alex Turner and Jake Bugg. His ‘Modern Rock n Roller’ single didn’t fail to get the crowd going, and drew in even more passers-by.
During his set, Chay noticed two super-fans at the front who knew all the words to every track. Chay was incredibly confident and used the whole stage to perform, dropping to his knees like a 50s teen idol Elvis before taking a selfie with his band and the audience.
Brighton‘s most exciting four-piece, Fur appeared on stage looking and sounding like a 90s indie band heavily inspired by the beautiful harmonies and laid-back grooves of the 60s. Music industry legend, Seymour Stein was at the front watching and commented that they reminded him of Gerry and the Pacemakers. He sent his assistant backstage and met the band. Jake Shillingford, BIMM’s Group Head of Artist Development saw the opportunity and is following this meeting up, so watch this space.
Æ MAK also travelled from Ireland to debut their unique brand of ‘pop meets jungle indie’, or perhaps ‘Bjork meets MGMT’. The former BIMM Dublin students proved a welcomed contrast from Sound City’s guitar-heavy line-up, capturing the fun and energy of the annual festival. You simply have to see them live!
Closing the showcase were BIMM Manchester‘s very own Crimsons who played up to their psychedelic reputation. At one point the band’s frontman, Sam Cartwright, even went as far as to channel Jimi Hendrix by playing his electric guitar behind his back, much to the delight of the awe-inspired audience!
Liverpool Sound City was a hugely successful few day for BIMM – and plenty of fun. Congratulations to all of our bands, it was one to remember. We’re already looking forward to next year!