Lucy Whittaker at Sound City



Third-year Popular Music student Lucy Whittaker continues her incredible year with a spot at Liverpool Sound City festival.

The past 12-months has seen Lucy cement her place as one of LCoM up-and-coming acts, propelled by the incredible success of her single 'I'm Not Ever Coming Back Again' which was picked up by BBC Radio 1 and played over a variety of the station's premier shows.

We recently had a chat with Lucy to find out how she's preparing for one of the biggest gigs of her young career to date.

How does it feel to be chosen for Sound City?

It’s awesome! I’m so grateful to be picked to perform at such a cool festival – it feels crazy to be playing alongside artists and bands that I’ve listened to for years.

How do you think Sound City will differ from other shows that you have done?

I’ve played so many gigs, but only a few UK festivals, so having the chance to play at such a well-known one feels like I’m going from nought to sixty!

I think the main difference with festivals is that everyone’s there to hear as much music as possible, so it’s a big opportunity for me to show people what I do. Sound City will also be my first performance in Liverpool, so I’m excited to see what the crowds are like and meet some new people after the show!

How and why did you get into music, and why is it so important to you?

After I taught myself the guitar, I started writing songs when I was 11, and over time my music developed into the synth-driven Pop that I play today. For me, music is my outlet. It’s how I express the things that I can’t put into words, and it’s my emotional release.

What can we expect from your live show at Sound City?

Expect punchy, energetic Pop. I’m just here to have fun so expect lots of dancing from me!

Any other bands you’re keen to see, and why?

I’m definitely going to catch The Kooks and The Japanese House. I’m also really looking forward to seeing S a N T I N O perform – we teamed up for a show in March and had such a good time, and I can’t wait to watch him do his thing again.

What are you looking forward to most about your performance?

To be honest, I’m just ready to have fun with my band on stage. Playing live is what I love to do, so I’m going to make the most of every minute.

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