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April 26, 2017

Night Fantasy SFTOC Megamix & interview

Now in their fourth year, Manchester disco wrecking crew Night Fantasy return for their third afterparty at SFTOC. After terrorising First Chop last year, the boys are cooking up something special for 2017 with J.G Wilkes (listen to a mix he did for iD here: + guests. All hands on deck, this year is going to be one for the ages. Make sure you book the week off.

To get you ready for the biggest party of the year, Night Fantasy have put together a special SFTOC Megamix – and talked to Chris about his plans for Sunday, as well as what we should expect.

Hiya Night Fantasy, what have you been up to so far today?

Hello Matthew. Well so far today I’ve dragged myself out of bed, had a lacklustre breakfast of some odd tasting fruit and soon I’ll probably have to go to work. It’s a dull old life. Song For The Siren was on the radio, the Liz Fraser version. That was probably a highlight.

You threw a big old party for SFTOC last year – what was that like?

We did throw a big old party, and more fool anyone that wasn’t there. It was a hella’ fun. Our good mate and all round top bloke, Paul Thomson came down from Glasgow for the occasion and we all played records in a brewery for the night. As well as being the drummer for that band Franz Ferdinand, Paul is a super fun DJ, so it was great to have him down and play somewhere where he could really empty his record bag. A lot of people came up and requested Bob Marley though. Don’t know what that was about. At least nobody asked for Take Me Out.

How is it gonna be different this time out?

Well hopefully nobody will ask for Bob Marley, that’d be a good start. The obvious difference is our move from First Chop to the Old Pint Pot. It feels like the trust fund has matured, or we’re going to be handed one of those huge novelty keys. To be entrusted with the place is a huge buzz. We’ve had some absolute belters in there at previous festivals, so keeping that tradition alive is something we’ve been taking super seriously.
We’re going later too, until five this year. I don’t think I’ve made it to bed until after seven any time I’ve been, so I don’t expect any flakes! Come and hunker down for the long haul. We’ve also got Lou from top Manchester disco squad Dance Lady Dance down for the ride. She’ll be going in at the deep end with us for the first couple of hours, hopefully keeping that dancefloor simmering nicely.

You’ve got J. G. Wilkes of Optimo involved – what can the uninitiated expect from him?

JG Wilkes

We have, and we’re positively mega excited to have Jonnie down. Two years on the bounce we’ve dipped into the Glasgow music community. Might try and get Orange Juice back together next year. I had word from the man himself last week that he’s ‘really pumped’ for it all, so it’s certainly going to be a big doo! To those uninitiated, what have you been doing? Wilkes and JD Twitch have been manning the good ship Optimo for twenty years this year, and thats taken them all over the world a few times over, so these guys definitely know what they’re doing. You can expect this to be one for the ages, a really special party.

Aside from your own stuff at the festival, what else would you suggest people go and see?

It’s a yearly problem, wanting to see so much stuff then you only end up seeing about half of what you planned. Going to try and leave that trend at the door this year. Saying that, get a few too many bottles babycham down me and I’m anyones.
Really want to check out HMLTD, they’re on the list. Amber Arcades, Sleazy F Baby too. Really love the stuff that Kiss Me Again are doing at the moment, their parties are ace. Go have a bit of a dance with them for sure. We’ve got one of our custom Buckfast bottles up for grabs at the pub quiz so make sure you get down there. In it to win it and all that bullshit.

Lovely stuff – thanks for chatting xoxo

Thanks for having me! xoxo

Night Fantasy will be partying the whole night through at SFTOC, taking over The Old Pint Pot once the day comes to an end.

Final warning for SFTOC tickets – we’re going to be sold out ahead of the festival. If you want to party on April 30th, you need to be fast:
Physical tickets are also available at Common Bar, King Arms, Old Pint Pot, Islington Mill, The Font Chorlton (all booking fee free) & Piccadilly Records.

April 26, 2017

4 DAYS TO GO: Introducing 2000 AD, The White Hotel afterparty & an interview with Austin Collings

With 4 days to go til SFTOC, we thought we’d try to shed some more light on one of the most exciting (and worrying?) aspects of this year’s Sounds – The White Hotel’s takeover of The Kings Arms, with Austin Colling’s 2000 AD being the basis of this whole-venue all-day experience. We’re also pleased to announce that the party will be carrying on long into the night, with venue hosting their own after-party. Find out more below:

Upstairs in the bar there is the full band line up, curated by The White Hotel, featuring: GO AWAY, SEVERAL WIVES, THE DEATH OF MONEY, VACUUMORPH, JACK LADDER, THE REBEL, JUPITER-C, BLOOD SPORT, SPACE AFRIKA

The downstairs bar is the hub of Austin Collings 2000AD happenings, where Vendel and Nova set the scene from behind the decks in the SWENDAB bar. All day long. You don’t want to miss it.

Intermittent and timed performances happen throughout the day in the basement with MONK, PSYCHIC SISTER PSUEDO SEANCE BAND, MAEVE RENDLE’S 9 VICTIMS, WORM’S LAST STAND & CLOUD 9 TO CLOUD GUTTER: THE LIFE & LIES OF WHITE HOTELIER all involved.

Upstairs in the studio there is an all day installation by Ben Jackson entitled: Stills From A Road Movie Entitled Desolation.

Throughout the day expect lonesome piano, roving performance and whole host of unsavoury characters taking us all the way around to 2000AD

We’re also very happy to announce that once the day comes to an end, 2000 AD will be holding it’s own after-party at The White Hotel entitled – 2000AD: The Beakend
Featuring Nova, Vendel and special guest Conor Thomas – might end at some point, anything might happen – who knows!

We spoke to the man behind 2000 AD Austin Collings – White Hotel collaborator, the author of The Myth of Brilliant Summers, and a writer that the Quietus once described as “writing with unbridled panache and guttersnipe brio, Collings channels and hones the boozy spirits of Jonathan Rendall and Alasdair Gray” – about what to expect on the day.

Hi Austin – how’s your day gone so far?

Terrible. The storm clouds gathered and drenched me to the bone. I woke with the taste of dead animals in my mouth after another epic foodless weekend. Mate of mine broke her nose and now looks like Owen Wilson via Raging Bull. She is due to perform on Sunday as well. Let the damage begin.

Right, so, straight to business – what should be expect from 2000 AD on Sunday? We’ve been telling people it is “a work of fragmented and demented musical-theatre” – what kind of mindset should we have?

My mate Liam Power from the Scouse band By The Sea has added an astonishing Vangelis/OMD/Tricky-80s-horror-film-like soundscape to the voiceover narration that will be played into the pub at regular intervals. We’ve named it BLADE JOGGER. That’s what you should expect. Desperate confidence: that sickly excitement when you first get into drink and can’t wait to finish work on Friday: the bitterflies. I’m also screening a short movie/cine-poem that I’ve made with a mate called CHERRY starring a winged monkey called BREXIT – you get the gist. 3 actors have dropped out out the production due to the content. Their thin skins couldn’t handle it.

The Kings Arms is being split into 4 separate stages for the day – how crucial is experiencing them all to understanding the work?

You have to absorb all of them in great detail. No bottling it. Just be prepared to lose your mind. WARNING: CONTAINS LANGUAGE.

The basement in particular is of interest, with intermittent performances from a range of artists – could you tell us a little more about that?

The basement is actually a re-enactment of the sounds of a mass-murder that once happened there in 1955. The death of SPONSORED MONSTERS

Is there anything from the day you’re particularly looking forward to?

I can’t wait for it to end. I’m hoping it’s our last day on earth. What a way to go, necking a BECKS with a WINGED MONKEY called BREXIT.

After Sounds is over, what else have you and The White Hotel got going on?

I’m going to find some young pyromaniacs to burn TWH down

Anything else you’d like to add?



The White Hotel & Austin Collings take over The Kings Arms at SFTOC this Sunday.

Final warning for SFTOC tickets – we’re going to be sold out ahead of the festival. If you want to party on April 30th, you need to be fast:
Physical tickets are also available at Common Bar, King Arms, Old Pint Pot, Islington Mill, The Font Chorlton (all booking fee free) & Piccadilly Records.

April 25, 2017

Common Knowledge Quiz @ Bad Uncle @ Egerton Arms


It’s been a few years since Bad Uncle ran a quiz at Sounds and we’re back with a banger. Roping in half of the Common Knowledge team to present a pub quiz to end all pub quizzes.

Things to note:

No phones.

It’s going to be tough.

Winner takes all.

Max team size 4 people.

Did we mention no phones?

Prizes include a pair of tickets to next year’s Sounds From the Other City Festival, 2 tickets to any Bad Uncle show, 2 tickets to any Now Wave show, 2 tickets 2 to any Hey! Manchester show, 2 tickets to any upcoming Soup Kitchen show, , a bottle of Night Fantasy Bucky, and much, much more.


Sign up from doors in-between bands at the Egerton Arms, there will be bonus points available during bands sets before the quiz so watch out for them.

April 25, 2017

5 DAYS TO GO: Stage Times & Clashfinder revealed

Along with our Spotify playlist (yes, we do have one, since you asked –, the thing that we get requested for most is stage times. So, with 5 days left until the festival, we thought we’d give you exactly what you want – click the following link and see who you’re going to be seeing and when this Sunday in our purpose-built clashfinder. Get that magic marker out – it is going to be a long night:

Final warning for SFTOC tickets – we’re going to be sold out ahead of the festival. If you want to party on April 30th, you need to be fast:
Physical tickets are also available at Common Bar, King Arms, Old Pint Pot, Islington Mill, The Font Chorlton (all booking fee free) & Piccadilly Records.


April 25, 2017

Thor & Friends added to the SFTOC line-up

With 5 days to go until SFTOC, we’ve got an announcement to make – joining The Beauty Witch’s stage at The Crescent will be THOR & FRIENDS, the project of former Swans drummer Thor Harris. Having been due to play across the border at Deaf Institute, we’ve instead brought them across to Salford to join in the party.

Unfortunately, Thor & Friends are replacing Sex Swing, who have had to withdraw from the festival due to an injury. Get better soon, Sex Swing!

Listen to Medival by Thor & Friends, and find out more about them below.

You can get one of the final SFTOC tickets here: 

After five years of touring as the percussionist of Swans, Thor Harris began Thor & Friends in the autumn of 2015 as a vehicle to experiment with a cast of rotating Austin based musicians in the vein of American minimalism. As an instrument carpenter and acoustic polyglot, Thor & Friends is the sound of Harris’ return home — an elongated greeting and ode to his community, woodworking shop and the instruments his hands bring texture too.

With the three core members of Harris, Peggy Ghorbani and Sarah “Goat” Gautier, the expanding and contracting ensemble works within the flux of compositional and improvisational contexts, where the range of tonal color depends on what instrumentalists are joining or absent from the process. They can perform acoustically or with hues of electronic instrumentation, as a stripped down trio or a large ensemble. In addition to drawing on minimalist composers such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich, Thor & Friends amalgamate the diverse influences of Brian Eno, Aphex Twin, Moondog and The Necks through a polyrhythmic center of mallet instruments, primarily marimba, xylophone and vibraphone. Around the core motifs of the aforementioned mallet timbres are shifting streams of everything from processed pedal steel and analog synthesizer to violin, viola, stand up bass, clarinet, duduk and oboe.

The group builds off of the similarities and contrasts of Harris’ past projects and continuing collaborations, which includee Swans, Ben Frost, Bill Callahan, Hospital Ships, Shearwater and John Congelton. The result ushers in a utopian optimism contemporized through 20th century predecessors via the promise of improvising with neighbors and friends and utilizing what and who is around at any given moment.

Thor & Friends debut LP came out on LM Dupli-cation in autumn 2016 — recorded with A Hawk & A Hacksaw’s Jeremy Barnes and Heather Trost and Deerhoof’s John Dieterich in Albuquerque, New Mexico.