As we put the final finishing touches on the 10th edition of Sounds from the Other City, we’re proud to make the first announcements about this landmark festival. During the history of SFTOC, our roster of amazing promoters have been integral to pretty much everything that we’ve done, and we’re certain that this year’s lot will add as much to decorated mythology surrounding our yearly celebration as all those who have gone before them. Equally, the venues themselves have all added unique touches, and given us more memories than it is possible to recount. With our first act announcements coming next week, we are happy to announce the following venues and promoters for Sounds from the Other City 2014 – and there are still more to come, too. Tickets can be bought through Skiddle for £18 advance.
Peel Hall curated by Now Wave
Returning to Sounds from the Other City (having last made an appearance at Sounds from the Other City 201o when Hey! Manchester curated a line-up headed by Willy Mason), University of Salford’s Peel Hall space. Seating 360 people while still retaining a gloriously intimate feel, Now Wave are taking over the venue for SFTOC 14. Over the course of the past five year, Now Wave have put one some of the most memorable shows in Manchester, as well as bringing names such as Alt-J, Sampha and BiPolar Sunshine to SFTOC during our many collaborations with them.
First Chop Brewing Arm curated by Hey Manchester
When SFTOC 13 was being thrown, First Chop didn’t even exist. Now one of the most exciting micro-brewery/venues in the North West, it stocks its own specially brewed beers and ales, as well as hosting a series of one-off shows and events. Hey! Manchester have been handed the reins for venues SFTOC debut, and with good reason – having previously brought The Wave Pictures, Loney Dear and Daedelus to Sounds, they’ve got great pedigree. Though largely based around folk and alt-americana, expect more than the odd curve-ball too.
The Crescent curated by Comfortable on a Tightrope with Chew Disco
A much loved venue of SFTOC past, we continue our long partnership with one of Salford oldest and most significant pubs, The Crescent. Well stocked with a selection of fine ales, beer and cider, they also know how to put on a great gig – with Parenthetical Girls show-stopping Underachievers farewell party performance at Sounds last year being a perfect example. This year will see lo-fi lovers Comfortable on a Tightrope take over, Having long been involved with the festival, they have an ear for melody and fuzz, with Sea Pinks, Apostille and Veronica Falls among their SFTOC alumni. Joining them on the day’s selections will be one of our favourite local club nights, Liverpool/Manc queer DIY club night Chew Disco, who’ve brought a slew of fine debuts to their respective cities including Mykki Blanco and Ms Vaginal Davis.
Pint Pot Upstairs curated by Wot God Forgot & Grey Lantern
Having had the bar drank dry by Postcards from Manchester a few years back, The Old Pint Pot have thankfully been suitably stocked for the past couple of festivals. However, Wot God Forgot & Grey Lantern are teaming up to make sure that their ale levels are brought perilously low once again. Two distinct promoters who both thrive on bringing in the best in both new and established music, they each have strong Sounds history; Wot God Forgot last worked with SFTOC in 2011 to bring Ghost Outfit, Patterns and Rainbow Arabia to Salford; Grey Lantern debuted a year later, having Embers, Dam Mantle and Walls at our party in 2012.
Angel Centre curated by Tru Luv
Just about recovered from Queer’d Science trying to cave in their ceiling at SFTOC 13 (followed by Divorce doing their best to bring the building down with noise), The Angel Centre is one of the most cherished stages among longtime festival goers. Serving food – along with a well stocked, reasonably priced bottle bar – it is one of the strange spaces that make our festival so unique. Tru Luv will be making their first appearance as a standalone promoter, having previously been part of the Postcards from Manchester team. Specialising in the freshest of the fresh in new music talent, this promises to be the stage in which you can see the biggest names of tomorrow.
St Phils Church curated by Faktion & Deep Hedonia
Perhaps the most picturesque of all the venues to have taken part in SFTOC over the years, we’re proud to be working with St. Phils Church for yet another year. Having staged Stealing Sheep’s triumphant headline set last year, this time round it will be Faktion and Deep Hedonia joining forces to take control. Kindred spirits in their love of forward facing music, both pride themselves in putting on events that are far from your average show. Whilst this will be the first time out for Deep Hedonia (having previously only wowed the crowds in their native Liverpool), Faktion have brought the party to Salford many times over, booking Forgemasters supremo Robert Gordon, DJ Q and Vindicatrix for SFTOC in recent years
Islington Mill Venue curated by Dub Smugglers, Mind on Fire & El Diablos Social Club, with after-party help from Stop Making Sense & Work Them
The central hub and home (both physical and spiritual) of the festival, Islington Mill has been involved in more than its fair share of SFTOC mythology – from the many afterparties, through to the many incredible performances that various promoters have brought to the city. This year, a triple header of Dub Smugglers, Mind on Fire and El Diablos Social Club will be taking over, between them ensuring a whole host of incredible names and – almost certainly – providing an endless stream of potential future anecdotes about what exactly happened at this year’s SFTOC.
Stop Making Sense and Work Them will be teaming up to soundtrack and direct their own afterparty – following on from their enormous, eclectic 9 hour NYE set at the Mill, this may finally be the year that we end up partying right through the very next day as well. Whatever you do, don’t plan anything for May 5th – you’ll more than likely still be dancing.
Islington Mill Gallery hosts The SFTOC 10th Anniversary Social
…and it wouldn’t be Islington Mill if we didn’t put one something completely bizarre and brilliant. Working with the brains behind Bad Uncle and a host of SFTOC alumni from yesteryear, we’re planning a full blown day of raucous, debauched,activity-based mayhem. We can’t promise anything yet, but this will follow in the rich tradition of the SceneSkype sessions, ChatRoulette Disco and The Telephone Showbox- this is something that simply would not happen at any other festival. Keep your eyes peeled for more information, coming soon.
Deli Lama hosting a Record Fair
A newcomer last year, the Deli Lama returns for a second bout – this time playing host to a record fair. With specially selected local labels – as well as bands playing the festival selling their own merch – it should act as a perfect way to relax between the hustle and the bustle of the many other spaces, as well as acting as a perfect place to pick up rare wax and exclusive tees.
Video Jam at TBC
Having not long ago taken over Manchester Art Gallery, Video Jam are looking for artists to collaborate with for their incredible, one of a kind performances. If you’d like to be involved, get in touch with them here. A mind bending experience, Video Jam features live collaborations between artists from different disciplines to create something truly one of a kind. We can’t wait.
Maxwell Hall curated Fat Out, Gizeh Records & Buried Bones
A new space for SFTOC, Maxwell Hall is the 1960’s designed centrepiece of the main University campus. Collaborating for the first time, the raucous heavy partying Fat Out Til you Pass Out will join forces with record label Gizeh and the exquisite programming ear of Buried Bones to present a very special set of performances, intimately staged in the round inside this vast space. Having between them previously brought festival highlights such as William Tyler, Hiss Golden Messenger and Drunk in Hell, we’re really excited about this one
MORE NAMES AND VENUES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON