Liverpool Sound City: Korean Indie line-up


Liverpool Sound City is returning to its roots this year with the 2018 festival moving back to the city centre.

Taking place on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May, the festival will take place in Great Baltic Warehouse, Constellations, Camp and Furnace, Baltic Market, Hangar 34, District, Unit 51, Baltic Social, Red Door Vintage, The Tank Room, 24 Kitchen Street, Northern Lights, Hinterland, Craft Minded, Black Lodge Brewery and Tap And Still.

As it has in previous years, Liverpool Sound City is set to host a selection of Korean indie artists. Included in the line-up are Billy Carter, Dead Buttons, National Pigeon Unity, Danny Boy & The Carriages, Unchained and Gonne Choi.

Billy Carter

Billy Carter is a Blues band based in Seoul, South Korea. They released their first EP “The
Red,” in June 201 which was nominated for three 2015 Korean Music Awards: Rookie of the
Year, Best Rock Music of the Year, and Best Rock Album of the Year. The band’s second EP
“The Yellow” was an acoustic record full of musical sensibility. The songs added a degree of
completion to the earlier identity of Billy Carter. These two drastically different EPs show the
multifaceted potential of Billy Carter; they show the band’s rough and raw emotion with deep but fragile sensitivity. The group’s recent release of their debut full length album “Here I Am” shows that the band continue to grow both regarding their musical ability and the depth of their

Danny Boy & The Carriages

Danny Boy & The Carriages play their own style of music influenced by 60’s and 70’s musicians such as Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan and The Beatles. Based on their influence, they have been building up their own unique sound. Danny Boy & The Carriages are aiming for the worldwide audience who is waiting for a fantastic music of their own.

Dead Buttons

Dead Buttons are a Seoul-based rock ‘n’ roll trio comprised of Korean guitarist/vocalist Jihyun Hong, Paraguayan/Korean drummer/vocalist Kanghee Lee and Korean bassist MJ Moleman.

In October 2013, they made their first appearance at Hongdae’s Zandari Festa, an important international showcase for Korean bands, at which they caught the attention of several organisers of overseas music festivals, including Liverpool Sound City.

In 2017, Dead buttons reunite with the first bassist, MJ Moleman, and start working again as a trio. The bassist has made them more stable and able to show off their diverse music. They released their second album, rabbit, and they get a good response through their Japan tour.

Gonne Choi

South Korean singer, guitarist and songwriter Gonne Choi fills her music with poetic observations of her personal world. Her 2017 EP ‘Nomad Syndrome’ is a musical journey through emotion.

National Pigeon Unity

National Pigeon Unity(NPU) is a two-piece alternative rock band from South Korea consisting of guitarist “kidohu” and drummer “Mok”. NPU was formed in 2007. We have had more than 1000 live shows.

We’re gonna make you say “Fucking Awesome!”


Unchained is a rock band organized in Busan, Korea, in 2001. It consists of 3 members, Gwang-il Kim (vocals, guitar), Jun-won Park (guitar) and Gyu-sung Choi (bass). Based on Seattle Grunge sound, especially inspired by Alice in Chains, Sound Garden, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, the band focuses on relationships and the inner side of human beings in a heavy, gloomy, psychedelic, lyrical sound.
As the name ‘Un-chained’ implies, they aim at ‘not being in any boundaries’ or ‘being released through music’, and in reality, they have been recording and producing albums by themselves in their own independent label, ‘Ginger Records’ founded in 2006, still keeping up their belief out of the mainstream.

In 2005, they released their EP [Push Me], followed by the first official album [Thorn] in 2014. The theme of this album is inspired by ‘porcupine dilemma’ of the German philosopher ‘Schopenhauer’, and they sing various stories about ‘thorns’ spreading all over the human relationships, which symbolizes loneliness, lies, hurts, temptations and desires, and even a dilemma of being a socially wantable human character, in their unique deep-heavy sound. This album was favourably received by public and critics, and nominated for the best album of the year in 2015 Korean Music Awards.


Korean artists have currently not been listed for a particular day of the festival, though tickets can be purchased via the Sound City website.


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