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Liverpool Alive with Talent for Sound City Festival

The band Cast performs at the 2011 Sound City in The Cathedral Crypt in Liverpool. (Photo by David Munn/WireIm …The largest urban music and arts festival in the UK is set to take off in Liverpool. May 2 is the first day of Liverpool Sound City, a three-day festival that brings dozens of bands and fans together in new and historic venues around the city.

The festival includes visual art, talks about the business of creativity and an expo showcasing innovations in games, music and technology. Conference seminars have titles such as “Can you really manage?” and “Define your electronic sound.”

But the big draw is the music. As well as recognizable names (Noah and the Whale, The Walkmen), the event hosts up-and-coming talent from many genres. The festival poster is a lesson in soon-to-be-famous British musical names.

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club on August 22, 1962. …Liverpool is a fitting home for such a festival, best known to Americans as the original home of the Beatles. One of the venues for Sound City concerts is the Cavern Club, where the Beatles played 50 years ago.

Of course, parties will extend into the night, celebrating music from Argentina, Taiwan and other countries as well as regions of England and Scotland. A SXSW showcase will even bring an element of Texas.

If you miss it this year, just plan ahead for next year: Liverpool Sound City is an annual event.

Photos: Cast performs at the 2011 Sound City in The Cathedral Crypt in Liverpool. (Photo by David Munn/WireImage)

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon of The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club on August 22, 1962. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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