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Sound City Guest House: First line-up confirmed

Subscription live streaming show to provide alternative revenue to acts affected by COVID-19 lockdown

Liverpool, 27th March 2020 Five acts have been confirmed for the first edition of Sound City’s new streaming programme, Guest House, which kicks off at 6pm on April 2.

The Lathums, Monarchy, Fever, Crawlers and Bronnie complete the line-up for the inaugural show, created to support artists with a new revenue stream during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Guest House was announced last week in response to the postponement of Liverpool Sound City 2020, which has been moved from May to September 25-27.

Featured artists, broadcasting from their own homes, will share equally in 50% of a £4.99 subscription fee for the weekly show.

On top of subscription revenue, acts will also be able to offer merch, new music, and any other special products their fans might enjoy during their slot, keeping 100% of direct sales, after costs.

Sound City MD Rebecca Ayres said: “The message of Guest House is simple: we want to support artists no matter where they are or what they are doing. It’s a place where we can enjoy, discover and give back to the artists who excite us.

“We are asking fans to give up £4.99 of their hard-earned cash every month in order to support the artists we bring via Guest House. Compared to many other streaming services, where only a tiny amount of money goes directly to the artist, Guest House’s ethos means that there is no blank space, hidden algorithm or crazy micropayment system. The subscription is divided equally, after operating costs, between artists who have performed on Guest House that month. Furthermore, all net revenue made via direct sales and donations during the performance segment goes directly to the artist.”

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Sound City is proud to work with many leading and innovative partners including…

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. It supports a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Between 2018 and 2022, Arts Council England will invest £1.45 billion of public money from government and an estimated £860 million from the National Lottery to help create these experiences for as many people as possible across the country.

INES and Creative Europe

The Innovation Network of European Showcases, or INES, is a European cooperation project initiated by eight international showcase festivals and gigmit, the European digital platform for artist booking. It is co-funded by Creative Europe Programme of the European Union.


Keychange is a pioneering international initiative which transforms the future of music whilst encouraging festivals and music organisations to achieve a 50/50 gender balance by 2022. 74 emerging artists and innovators each year from across Europe and Canada will take part in international festivals, showcase events, collaborations and a programme of creative labs. Keychange aims to accelerate change and create a better, more inclusive music industry for present and future generations.

Keychange is led by Reeperbahn Festival, PRS Foundation and Musikzentrum Öst, supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union, in partnership with Tallinn Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, BIME, Oslo World, Linecheck/Music Innovation Hub, Ireland Music Week, SACEM, Liverpool Sound City, Way Out West, Spring Break, MAMA, MUTEK and Breakout West.

Keychange is sponsored by FACTOR, Fundación SGAE, GEMA, Gorwelion Horizons, IMRO, the Musicians’ Union, Norsk Tipping, Roskilde Festival, Smirnoff Equalising Music, SOCAN Foundation, Songtrust, SoundCloud, STEF, STIM, and Talent Norge.


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