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Sound City Search For Music Media’s Next Big Star

A BUDDING music journalist’s dream – interviewing some of the hottest bands around, capturing live performances as they happen and broadcasting their views to thousands of dedicated music fans. Sound City’s latest competition is offering students the perfect chance to break into the industry and take their first step onto the music media ladder.

The UK’s biggest metropolitan festival, taking place on 27 – 29 May, is currently searching for three talented students to form the ‘ultimate student festival team’. Those selected will be given the opportunity to cover the entirety of Liverpool Sound City, which has already announced major names including The Coral, Catfish & the Bottlemen and Hot Chip (DJ Set) plus hundreds more. The winning team will be made up of a photographer, journalist, and vlogger, and all three students will be given full media access to cover the festival for Sound City’s blog and social media platforms.

The vlogger and journalist will need to brush up on their interview skills as winning the competition will entitle them to an interview with one of Sound City’s huge artists, whilst the photographer will experience the exhilarating, fast-paced atmosphere in a main stage photo pit with the opportunity to capture that perfect shot.

Sound City CEO, Dave Pichilingi, said: ‘We’ve supported students for years thorough our conference and are delighted to launch this Sound City student competition to unearth media’s next big stars. There’s a huge amount of talented students out there that are perfecting their skills writing blogs, uploading vlogs to Youtube and posting shots on Instagram and we want to give them a platform to showcase their work. I’m looking forward to checking out the submissions and meeting the chosen festival team in May.’

To enter, budding student journalists, photographers and vloggers have until 11 April to submit their entry to

  • Journalist entries: submit a 300 word review on why you love festivals
  • Vlogger entries: submit a one minute video on why you love festivals
  • Photographer entries: submit a recent example of your gig/concert/festival photography

The shortlist will be announced on 25 April and a public vote will decide the outcome, the winners of the competition will be announced on 8 May.

Full terms and conditions can be found at:

Sound City takes place on 28 and 29 May 2016 at the Liverpool Waters, Bramley-Moore Dock, an historic waterfront location and one of the most unique festival sites in the world.

As well as The Coral, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Hot Chip (DJ Set), a diverse range of huge acts and emerging talent from around the world will be performing at the festival including: Palma Violets, Georgia, Shura, Neon Waltz, Inheaven, Levelz, Mez, Dilly Dally, The Big Moon, Kagoule, Novelist and Holy Esque.

With hundreds of incredible bands, performers, ‘happenings’ and experiences still to be announced, Sound City is an essential fixture on the festival calendar.
Tickets for Sound City 2016 are now on sale at:


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