Here we have it, Salford’s celebration of new music, art and performance SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 1 May, 2016. With acts hand-picked by acclaimed promoters like Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, Sham Bodie and Video Jam, SFTOC showcases the best in new and forward-thinking music across 17 stages.
From Gwenno’s cosmic pop and London mcs Flohio and Cassive to 2016’s hottest new band, Pumarosa, SFTOC is a festival created for and by music lovers. Following last year’s collaboration, BBC Philharmonic & Ex-Easter Island Head join forces once again for a one-off performance in Salford Cathedral while other highlights include Chrononautz’s outsider techno, the avant garde folk of Laura Cannell and the dazzling pop of former Race Horses frontman, Meilyr Jones.
New for 2016 are stages co-curated with Café Oto (at Islington Mill with Fat Out),The Quietus (at The Kings Arms with Grey Lantern), Heavenly Records (First Chop Brewing Arm) and The White Hotel (at the Old Pint Pot).
Venues such as churches, art galleries, breweries and old mills are as much a part of the experience as the music and art. Yet all is not quite as it seems, as a strange and spectacular occult theme manifests in visual artist himHallows‘ stage and set designs across the festival site. Impromptu performances and costumes appear throughout the day, and there’s even a haunted ‘Sea Captain’s Ball’ at midnight.
Elsewhere, festival goers can witness the birth of SFTOC TV and tune into online radio giants NTS who join us for a one-off Sunday broadcast. There will be loads of sumptuous street food and an ale-extravaganza in a new space at Regent Trading Estate, by leading craft beer experts, Port Street and Cloudwater.
A major draw for this year’s Festival are the ramped up afterparties. From Meat Free’s house and techno showdown, including live acts Monoak and Perseus Traxx to an underground club vibe in the Gallery space at Islington Mill, there is something to please all. DJs from party promoters, Faktion, are joined by live club sets by lo-fi dream-weaver Teresa Winter and visceral dance machine, Blood Sport with full live band. Dance til dawn with The White Hotel at the Old Pint Pot while Night Fantasy close the show at First Chop brewery with Paul Thomson from Franz Ferdinand playing a vinyl disco set.
For more information check out the FULL LINE UP HERE.
Physical tickets are available now at Common, Islington Mill, North Tea Power and Font Chorlton (all bkg fee free) as well as at Piccadilly Records or get them online from www.skiddle.com
All details and line-ups subject to change.