Santogold’s crowds spills out of ‘church’ at Liverpool Sound City

Lightspeed Champion, Eugene McGuiness also play city festival

Santogold rounded off the second day of Liverpool Sound City last night (May 28) with a late night gig at Alma De Cuba.

Taking the stage just before midnight, the likes of ‘L.E.S Artists’ and ‘Creator’ were greeted enthusiastically by the capacity crowd, while many more fans were left stuck outside.

Flanked by two back-up dancers, the Brooklyn singer cut an unusual figure amongst the venue’s backdrop of giant windows and biblical paintings, retained from its days as a church.


Santogold was earlier supported by the hotly-tipped New Zealand act Ladyhawke and The Cocknbullkid.

The set was watched by Lightspeed Champion, who had dash across the city from his own show at the Carling Academy 2 to watch Santogold.

Lightspeed Champion, aka Dev Hynes, had previously ended his performance with a violin medley of ‘Star Wars’ music before concluding with folk-epic ‘Midnight Surprise’, the climax of which saw him climbing a speaker and diving on top of his keyboard.

The headliners at that venue, Sons & Daughters, then saw the crowd diminish after Lightspeed Champion as fans rushed off and tried to cram into Santogold‘s show, though they played to a solid hardcore crowd.

Earlier local talent Eugene McGuiness played the Academy 2 with a full band, followed by Wild Beasts.

Liverpool Sound City continues tonight (May 29) with Pete And The Pirates, Reverend And The Makers and Hercules And Love Affair all playing.