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February 5, 2016

SFTOC 2016 Poster Revealed! First names next week!

One of the most important parts of any Sounds from the Other City festival is always the poster reveal. Not only does it set the tone for that year’s edition of SFTOC, it also seems to be the moment that the whole thing becomes a lot more real. Our long-time collaborator David Bailey has once again been toiling away to make sure that we have another memorable poster to mark the 2016’s celebration of new music, performance & art – and we think he’s done his best work yet. See the thing in all it’s glory below.

As an additional treat to commemorate this special day, we’re pleased to announce that the first names from this year’s festival will be revealed on Monday (8 February), as well as the complete list of all the promoters involved in crafting SFTOC 2016. Keep checking your social media feeds for all the relevant info – or just come back here. Whichever is easier.


May 7, 2015

Photographs from last years Festival


Each year at SFTOC so much takes place up and down Chapel St, we had some photographers out there tasked with capturing as much as they could. Some top images here from arrival to the after-party

Don’t forget tickets are now on sale for 2016 from Skiddle. 2015 sold out in record time, so dont leave it too late for next year!

May 6, 2015

A Huge Thanks


Another SFTOC has been and gone, and as every year, it’s totally overwhelming to see the huge amount of support and love people show for this annual outing to Salford.

But before we move on to plans for next year, we wanted to take a moment to give thanks to some of the people without whom SFTOC couldn’t happen.

Firstly, everyone who Volunteered; this year we worked with around 40 of you and you were all excellent, keeping everyone and everything right on track all day.The promoters, whose choices and selections this year made for one of our most eclectic outings ever!

Of course, the bands, DJs, performers and artists who took part in the festival – without whom the day would be pretty boring!

All of the venues, for not only being wonderful hosts but being so open and free to so many free ideas, in particular our base and ‘home from home’ at Islington Mill, without whose constant energy and support, this just wouldn’t be possible.

All of the people that work so hard in the run up to and on the day to make SFTOC happen: Matt Britton, Dave Jay, Charlie Booth, Ruth Allan, Jamie Leigh Hargreaves, Dave Bailey, Lucy Jones, Aislinn Fearon, Lisa Gillen, Marc Rigelsford, Lou Gardner and Gwen Osmond, Textbook Studio, Mono, Oh Digital, Neuron Pro Audio, Hollowsphere Lighting, Sixth Sound, SNS Marquees & Serenity Security.

Our Partners & Supporters, especially Arts Council England for supporting the vision of the festival and most importantly enabling us to realise 3 brand new commissions. Muse Development and English Cities Fund for supporting the Festival and giving us the opportunity to try out two very space exciting spaces in the New Bailey Arches and Vimto Gardens. Salford City Council for once again supporting the festival and to The New Oxford and First Chop for keeping our artists well refreshed.

And finally YOU the Audience for making this festival what it is – we can’t wait to see you on the streets of Salford next year, Sunday May 1st.

To celebrate, we will be putting Super Earlybird tickets on sale at 10am Friday morning 8th May!

50 priced at £10 and 50 priced at £15


*image credit Mike Hughes

May 3, 2015



Finally, we’ve reached May 3rd – SFTOC is here! We’re putting the final pieces together for the year’s best party, and we can’t wait to see you.

For all the latest information, follow us on Twitter, or tag us on Instagram – and we’ll have sporadic updates on Facebook, too. We’ll be announcing special events throughout the day, as well as keeping people updated on what is happening where.

Once again, the wristband exchange opens 2pm at Islington Mill – if you purchased tickets online, please try and print out your tickets to help speed up the process. Admittance to any venue will not be allowed without a wristband, so please head to the Mill before you start your day.

As previously mentioned, there will be a limited amount of tickets on the door – these are likely to sell out very fast, so please be warned.

If you want to plan your day, the clashfinder is still online here, but there will also be programmes available at Islington Mill including stage times.

Apart from that, have a great day – it’s gonna be our ever. Also – remember to try and capture the ‘Spirit of SFTOC’ in a picture and tag it #SFTOCSkinny to win a load of lovely prizes. All the details here.

We’ll see you on the other side.

May 2, 2015

1 DAY TIL SFTOC: Ticket information, re-cap & new announcements


The big day itself is almost here – SFTOC is tomorrow. While we get Chapel Street prepped for its annual party, here’s a brief recap of all the news we’ve announced over the past 10 days – as well as some new information.

First up – doors for the festival tomorrow are at 2pm, and it is advised that anyone who has purchased tickets online prints theirs in advance, in order to help our barcode scanners and speed up the whole process for everyone involved. Ticket exchange is at Islington Mill, and wristbands must be collected before admittance into any SFTOC venue is allowed.

As you may have heard, SFTOC advance tickets are now all sold out. However, we are pleased to announce that there will be a limited amount of tickets available on the door on the day, priced at £25. Due to high demand, these are likely to sell out fast – we are unable to guarantee how long these tickets will last, so we advise turning up early. As previously mentioned, doors open at 2pm. We will, of course, be updating our followers on Twitter about the situation as it develops throughout the day.

The full line-up for the Rogue P / Collective North Live Lounge sessions have now been announced. They are as follows:

3 – 3.30: Karl (Mother)
3.30 – 4: THF Drenching & Odie ji Ghast (Locean)
4 – 4.30: Sean Morley, Sam & Tom
4.30 – 5: TBA
5 – 5.30: TBA
5.30 – 6: Will Varley
6 – 6.30: Chris (Second Shepherds)
6.30 – 7: Lauren Bolger & David Mclean (Water, Locean)
7 – 7.30: Graham Wann (POST, Sexual Objects)
7.30 – 8: TBA
8 – 8.30: Christeene

More information can be found here.

We’re also excited to reveal one more name for SFTOC – Wall Market Racketeers will be performing a special acoustic set at Pencil Me In (opposite Salford Arms). All the information about this unique show can be found here.

Elsewhere, here are some things you may have missed:

Full SFTOC stage times & clashfinder have now been announced:

The food and drink line-up for the festival is looking pretty great:

The Skinny want you to capture the spirit of SFTOC in a picture for #SFTOCSkinny – all the details here:

Other than that – we’ll see you tomorrow for the best day of the year.