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Cage The Elephant, Rascals, Mongrel kick off Liverpool Sound City

Bands play across northern city venues

Pic: Ben Cannon
Cage The Elephant helped kick off the Liverpool Sound City festival last night (May 20), showcasing new songs at the Academy venue.

The festival has seen bands playing across various venues across the northern city, with music conferences taking place in the day.

Taking to the stage at 10.15pm, the Kentucky five-piece launched into new song 'Dr.Dr.Dr' before playing 'Tiny Little Robots' as well as fan favourites 'In One Ear' and 'Back Against the Wall'.

Frontman Matt Shultz spent much of the set in the crowd and in the bar area during the high-octane performance.

Cage The Elephant played:

'Dr.Dr.Dr'
'Tiny Little Robots'
'Lotus'
'Monkey Song'
'Back Against The Wall'
'Rolling Stone'
'Back Stabbing Betty'
'In One Ear'
'Aberdeen'
'Japanese Buffalo'
'Ain't No Rest'
'Shake Me Down'
'Sell Yourself'
'Judas'
'Rubber Ball'
'Free Love '
'Sabre Tooth Tiger'


Another band to show off new songs at festival was The Rascals, who featured Echo And The Bunnymen drummer Damon Reece filling in for Greg Mighall, who had injured his foot.

Playing at the Stanley Theatre, the Mersey trio played tracks off their 2008 debut album 'Rascalize' plus new songs 'Sex Grindin'', 'King Crawler', 'Take The Night' and a John Lennon-esque song Miles Kane has just written that morning named 'Colour Of The Trap'.

The band also covered Echo And The Bunnymen's 'All That Jazz'.

Later in the night Mongrel took to the stage at the converted-church venue Alma de Cuba to play a late show against the backdrop of huge church windows.

The supergroup, comprised of former Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson, Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell on guitar, rapper Lowkey and Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon McClure, played an energetic set despite the late hour that included their album title track 'Better Than Heavy' and 'Julian'.

Liverpool Sound City continues tonight (May 21) with Black Lips, Telepathe and Crystal Antlers among the acts set to play.

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