Thousands of performers joined us around the world in April, showcasing genres from folk and pop to rap and beatbox. Couldn’t join us, or curious what we were listening to on another continent? We asked our city leaders for their standout faves to help you discover the new music we’re loving across the Sofar community.
“We chose "Paris" by Bandits on the Run because this is a song that resonated with our team and guests really well. With the voting of the referendum of the 8th taking place this May, Dublin has been canvassed by very graphic and depressive posters and billboards that make many feel down. Having the opportunity to have such an intimate experience in the living room of a house in the suburbs of Cabra and hearing a song such as “Paris” touch all of our souls was the relief everyone at the gig needed. Bandits on the Run have an eclectic mix of upbeat songs and covers as well and had us dancing as if we were in a club by the end of the night! We have much love for them!” - Claire, Sofar Dublin
"We absolutely loved having the talented JONES comes and play. Her soulful voice is like honey and she wowed our audience with the songs from her new acoustic EP. They sounded just as great live as they do on the recording!" - Jo, Sofar Oxford
"One of the most exciting elements of a Sofar show is the balance we try and strike between local culture and our global community. This is often represented in the guests who attend, which is why many MCs ask about where everyone has attended Sofars around the world before the show. Sometimes this can be even more special though, and guests can see artists that live down the street from them playing alongside an artist that traveled thousands of miles to get to that intimate space. That is what happened when The Dunwells visited Boston from Leeds, one of a few Sofar gigs they were performing at on their Spring tour. This track takes us back to that magical night, and we hope you enjoy it as well." - Matt, Sofar Boston
"Sophie Mashlan is talented beyond her 18 years and is already a household name in the New Zealand folk music scene. She graced the stage with her ethereal, captivating songs. A magical performance, she's the perfect example of why Sofar Sounds provide a platform for young musicians to showcase their songs at the start of their career.” - Erica, Sofar Auckland
“I went to several shows where KITAI set the stage on fire with their strong sound and sharp lyrics, so I was curious about how they could transform all this energy into a brand new acoustic concept. “Riviera Maya” has all the elements to encapsulate the best of KITAI: the rage in the voice, the versatile bass, powerful drums and furious guitar lines, with their characteristic charm and sense of humor.” - Nieves, Sofar Murcia
Discover your new favorite artist at an upcoming Sofar in your city!
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