Having last year added Daedelus to the long, glittering list of acts they’ve brought to Sounds From The Other City (Willy Mason, The Wave Pictures and Loney Dear being among the others), we’re more than pleased to be welcoming Hey! Manchester back to the fold once more for SFTOC 14. Having done such a good job with our main hub last time out, H!M are jumping into the unknown (for the festival at least) by taking on an entirely new venue in the lovely First Chop Brewing Arm. We’re proud to announce the first names for Hey! Manchester’s SFTOC 14 line-up:
THE TRAVELLING BAND
Championed by the likes of Marc Riley and the Eavis family even before putting out their debut LP, The Travelling Band have long been a favourite of Manchester gig goers. Living up to their name, they’re responsible for some of the tightest, most enthralling performances around (a result of over 400 shows together), this performance will be truly unique. Having long admired the Neil Young album “On The Beach”, The Travelling Band will be playing their own twist on the classic, which has accompanied and influenced them throughout their career.
Long known as one of the most exciting acts on the Canadian underground scene, Solids are finally breaking out and getting the recognition that they deserve. Signed to seminal indie label Fat possum, February 17 will see the release of their debut LP, and this will be among the first set of shows on European shores. Expect to be blown away.
From Toronto, the almost ungoogleable Gay have earned recognition for more than their name. Since the release of their debut album – the wonderfully titled Dance Mix 95 – the band have been working on a transition from the C86 tinged jangle-pop of their salad days towards a self-style “concert hall prog pop” sound. Adding strings and horns to their ensemble, the band are currently working with Slim Twig which will act as a calling card for their new direction
FIRST CHOP BREWING ARM