Sound City is probably one of the biggest dates of the year in Liverpool. It’s a date that, for the last 14 years, has been circled multiple times in red ink on every artist’s calendar. It’s hosted hundreds of artists; old and new, big and small across multiple platforms in the city centre and as we’re approaching the 2022 instalment, we would like to give to you the Shoplifters Union, Sound City Top Ten.

1 – Yard Act

Leeds quartet, Yard Act have absolutely stormed their way through the last couple of years, not to mention climbing to critical acclaim with their debut album, The Overload. Post-Punk and packed full of lyrical realism, it peaked at Number 2 in the UK charts but it’s peaked at Number 1 in our list! We can’t wait to get stuck into a crowd for these guys!

2 – Crawlers

We said at the start of the year, these guys were the ones to watch for 2022! The Mersey four now find themselves not only high up on the Sound City bill but supporting the one and only My Chemical Romance at the end of next month! This band sell out gigs everywhere they go and will soon be embarking on what looks to be almost a year of touring the UK & the US. I might be a bit old for a mosh pit now but I’m sure I can make one exception for Crawlers this weekend.

3 – The Royston Club

Another one from the Shoplifters Union 2022 watchlist, Wrexham band, The Royston Club are putting their home town on the map (and they don’t even need Ryan Reynolds or Rob McElhenney). They might have elements of noughties indie nostalgia in their releases but they’re not a band you can turn around and say “they’re the next Catfish or Courteeners” I could listen to this band all day and I really hope there is an album in the works.

4 – Brooke Combe

She’s supported the likes of Courteeners and fellow rising stars, The Snuts and now it looks like Scottish artist, Brooke Combe is making her own way to the top. With smooth vocals and catchy singles such as A-Game (which, for the life of me I cannot get out of my head) and the more so anthemic Miss Me Now, I could totally see Brooke becoming an icon of a generation.

5 – Bandit

I swear, I’m not obsessed with this band…(maybe a little bit). Also on our ones to watch list (can you tell we’re awesome at spotting amazing artists), Liverpool quartet return to Sound City after what has been a really successful year for them, particularly with the immense EP release, Here’s To Being Alive. From sell out gigs in numerous locations across the country as well as supporting Red Rum Club and The Reytons, they are definitely one of our faves.

6 – Bambie Thug

Bambie is one of the most intriguing artists I’ve come across recently. Listening to their singles had awakened my old love for nu-metal and dance punk which had been lying dormant for a good many years. You can’t help but admire how much Bambie’s lyrical style pushes boundaries with addictive hooks that probably need a parental advisory sticker on them but that is what we love to hear. Gritty and edgy, Bambie is certainly going to be one to entice the dark side in everyone and it will be glorious.

7 – Daisy Brain

Daisy Brain grabbed my attention from the start. Packed full of angst and grunge, it was no wonder I was taken back to my mid-teens and I enjoyed second of every song from start to finish. With shout outs from Yungblud and Radio 1 and slots at Neighbourhood Weekender and The Great Escape, I’m very excited to chant along to Kleptomaniac and Boring.

8 – The Covasettes

I’m preparing myself for a mental set from the Manchester four piece. There’s not a bad record on their list of releases and I’m so excited for the opening of Be Mine in a crowd. Each song is packed full of energy with bouncy riffs and sweet melodies. They’re ramping up on sell out gigs and are will be joining Yorkshire legends, The Sherlocks on their tour for a few nights.

9 – The Oozes

This London based quartet will no doubt get a mosh pit started from the moment they walk onto the stage. Their songs glow with vibrancy and are draped in the traditional punk style of poetic yet politically charged lyrics, laced with attitude. Prepare to have your bucket hats blown off and if it’s not from the heavy riffs blowing up the amps, it’ll be because you’ve headbanged them off from bopping to Bitchboy.

10 – Dirty Laces

They’ve previously supported Pete Doherty and had a few slots at big festivals such as Kendal Calling as well as a sell out gig at Manchester’s Gorilla. I have literally seen Dirty Laces plastered over posters across social media platforms and it’s about time, I checked them out! The Manchester five piece have an incredible infusion of shoegaze elements combined with harder rock sounds. It’s something you don’t often come across and yet you’re intrigued to listen to more!

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