Salford’s celebration of new music, art and performance SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April, 2017. Below is the full line up of acts who performed at the festival’s 13th edition.
SFTOC showcases the best in new and forward-thinking music across multiple stages (2016 saw 17 stages). Over the last 12 years, the Festival has seen early career performances from an eclectic array of artists from Alt-J to Lapalux, the Ting Tings to Jane Weaver, Go Go Penguin and Sampha and has been covered by the Guardian, the New York Daily Post, the NME, the Independent and more.
Tickets for 2017 sold out so we advise you to purchase early for 2018 to avoid disappointment.
Selecting the acts at 2017’s festival were: SFTOC Stalwarts Bad Uncle, Now Wave, Hey! Manchester & Grey Lantern along with the long awaited return of Comfortable on a Tightrope. The Beauty Witch, Fat Out & Paradox, TOPP, Tru Luv, Night Fantasy, Sacred Tapes, Good Afternoon and NTS all return, comedy superstars Shambodie join forces with Ping Pong Club. We introduce for the first time; upstarts Family Tree, spoken word and slam specialists Young Identity, Manchester legends Aficionado and Hebden Bridge’s finest in Inkfolk, and finally are pleased to bring back Heavenly Recordings and Manchester Midi School.
NOW WAVE @ UNIT 5 REGENT TRADING ESTATE
Returning to Regent Trading Estate, Manchester’s purveyors of new music Now Wave take over the whole warehouse, anticipate a line-up of some of the freshest sounds around.
GREY LANTERN @ CAUSTIC COASTAL, UNIT 2, REGENT TRADING ESTATE
Grey Lantern stumbled into promoting sometime in the first half of the decade and since then have been fortunate enough to have hosted headlining and debut Manchester shows for the likes of Hookworms, Luke Abbott, Richard Dawson, Follakzoid and more.
Celebrating their fifth visit to Sounds From The Other City in six years, they’re going it alone for the first time following previous collaborations with The Quietus, Faux Discx, Wotgodforgot and Drowned In Sound so will be feeling lonely. Come and hold their hand please.
BAD UNCLE @ THE EGERTON ARMS
Fast approaching his 11th year of promoting in and around Manchester, self proclaimed king of the Manchester DIY scene Bad Uncle returns for their 8th SFTOC appearance laying waste to all other stages that stand against him. Having programmed a huge variety of styles and disciplines over the years Bad Uncle is going back to what he does best getting drunk and showcasing some of the best live music the UK has to offer. ALL HAIL BAD UNCLE.
HEY! MANCHESTER @ ST PHILIPS CHURCH
Hey! Manchester promotes gigs by folk, Americana and experimental bands from around the world in Manchester, England. He returns to SFTOC for another year at St Philips Church, the two join hand in hand as previous visits have seen Hey! Manchester bring Jane Weaver, Gwenno, Meilyr Jones and Zun Zun Egui to the altar.
HEAVENLY RECORDINGS @ THE OLD PINT POT (upstairs)
Founded in 1990 Heavenly is viewed by many as more than just a record label, but, a home for like minded souls who gather to create, celebrate and like to party. Since celebrating their 25th birthday two years ago the current label roster is at it’s strongest and most international – yet, with the likes of Temples, Gwenno, Wytches, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Night Beats, The Parrots and Stealing Sheep to name a few . . . Believe In Magic.
THE WONDERFUL SOUND OF AFICIONADO @ ISLINGTON MILL
Heading to Islington Mill in May is the dream team combination of Manchester based label, Aficionado and the London-based Wonderfulsound.
+ DJs Miles Copeland, Moonboots & Jason Boardman
THE WHITE HOTEL PRESENTS: 2000AD
@ THE KINGS ARMS
By Austin Collings
A work of fragmented and demented musical-theatre. Sci-Fi Salford. We can’t always tell the whole story but we’ll try. Warning: contains language.
Then, into the night, we’ll prove once again that we are completely and openly a mess. The theatre doesn’t close until you’re seeing stars.
Featuring DJ sets from Vendel and Nova and live performances from
FAMILY TREE @ THE ANGEL CENTRE
in loving memory of STINGER
Family Tree are promoters of good time new music, bringing you the hottest new bands and artists around. Tastes spanning from garage, punk, rock & roll to lo-fi indie rock.
THE BEAUTY WITCH @ THE CRESCENT
Started in 2013, The Beauty Witch has come a long way in the four years since. The brainchild of Sammy Powell, The Witch began as a way of getting involved in its creator’s favourite past time of attending live music events in Manchester’s thriving underground scene. With a particular focus on things noisey and hypnotic, The Beauty Witch has in a short time managed to bring a diverse and international array of artist to Manchester. Back curating a stage at Sounds From The Other City, The Beauty Witch stage promises to showcase a mesmerising array of acts from all over the country at the The Crescent on the 30th April.
TRU LUV @ BEXLEY SQ TENT
Established in 2013, Tru Luv is a growing community of new music lovers – aiming to share and promote the artists they love via writing, digital releases and live events. Not confined by genre or city they have no interest in industry games, Tru Luv believes in artistic idealism above all else. Tru Luv + Visuals by Espher
NTS @ ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY SPACE
Live sets and DJs inc:
EASTERN BLOC RECORDS @ DELI LAMA
Eastern Bloc Records was established in 1985 and quickly became a cultural icon and played an integral part within the Manchester music scene. Recently expanding to a bar, cafe and events space where every weekend they host local DJs, record labels and guests, firmly cementing its place as a manchester music institution.
This year for SFTOC, Eastern Bloc will host the Deli Lama stage with the residents Means&3rd, Kerrie, Akaram & Black Eyes bringing you 8 hours of music from across the spectrum, ambient, hip hop, funk, jazz , world to disco and house.
GOOD AFTERNOON present THE LOVE CAVE @ THE NEW OXFORD
Raise your flag! Good Afternoon is declaring independence! A new disco republic will rise within the confines of the New Oxford at this year’s SFTOC. Join us in our Love Cave along with founding fathers SLAG HEAP DISCO and KISS ME AGAIN for a day of (inter)national anthems and bangers without borders.
COMFORTABLE ON A TIGHTROPE @ UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
SFTOC stalwarts return with a stage completed with solo artists at one of our favourite venues from yester-year, United Reformed Church.
SHAMBODIE & PING PONG CLUB @ THE SALFORD ARMS
Sham Bodie is Manchester’s only hot dog night with added comedy and music. Three times nominated for best comedy club at the CityLife Awards in its first three years of existence they have put on shows across Manchester, Salford and London in various boozers and breweries. Currently housed in Soup KItchen and showcasing the best in rising musical and comedic talent that the city has to offer.
TOPP PRESENT @ THE OLD PINT POT (downstairs)
FAT OUT & PARADOX PIZZA PARTY @ VERO
Fat Out & Paradox’s Pizza Party at Vero Moderno. Music from the Satanic Titanic plus spoken word, cabaret karaoke and disco dancing…
SACRED TAPES @ THE ENGINE HOUSE
Sacred Tapes at the Engine House returns for 2017 with a number of live acts playing directly from the 1st-floor balcony out into the courtyard. Expect experimental, abstract, electronic music from the roster of Sacred Tapes artists.
YOUNG IDENTITY @ POP UP PERFORMANCES
Young Identity is a community-based writing project for young people. We encourage literacy, critical thinking and active citizenship. Young Identity work and perform locally, nationally, and internationally providing young people with a platform to explore their expression.
MIDI SCHOOL @ BEXLEY SQ BEER TENT
DJs & bar area. DJs and live acts from the Midi School roster.
+ Ged Tucker
INKFOLK @ ISLINGTON MILL
Inkfolk is a niche four-day festival of Music and Art, held in the basement of Machpelah Mill. The space is used to showcase creativity to enrich the music and arts scene of Hebden Bridge. Musically each night is different, spanning all genres of music from Folk to Techno, Dub to Drum and Bass, Disco and House. Utilising our local scene with up and coming live acts, bands, DJ’s, established outfits and music obsessives all with Inkfolk’s house party vibe. Expect a little bit of everything at Islington Mill this year.
NIGHT FANTASY @ THE OLD PINT POT (upstairs)
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 + guests. All hands on deck, this year is going to be one for the ages. Make sure you book the week off.
SWING TING & HOT MILK @ ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY SPACE
Manchester’s biggest clubbing forces join together to bring BIG parties to Islington Mill.
As with each year at SFTOC we are pleased to tell you more about the new commissions for 2017:
SAMARBETA PRESENTS BBC PHILHARMONIC ENSEMBLE X EX EASTER ISLAND HEAD X LAURA CANNELL
Sounds From the Other City (SFTOC) & Samarbeta are pleased to announce the final part of the trilogy between Liverpool based trio Ex Easter Island Head (EEIH) and the BBC Philharmonic.
In the past two years at SFTOC the trio have composed 2 brand new pieces of music and performed them alongside an ensemble of the BBC Philharmonic, including a harpist, trumpeter, string duos and a double bass in both Vimto Gardens & Salford Cathedral.
This year sees the trio join forces with musician Laura Cannell and a new selection of musicians from the BBC Philharmonic, including a multi-wind pipe instrumentalist, a trumpeter and two violin players. Cannell, who specialises in playing fiddle, overbowed fiddle, double recorders and other rarefied wind instruments, draws upon ancient transcendental and earthly musics and will be working with both EEIH & BBC Philharmonic to compose a site specific composition together that will be performed in the surroundings of Salford Cathedral at this years Sounds From the Other City Festival.
You can listen to a small excerpt from 2015’s composition below:
Alongside this, we have heard musings and rumblings through the darkweb of a full-site takeover called
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN
We are in the age of illusion.
The Mental Ghetto Of Modernity.
Your Heroes are Gone.
Reptilians rule the world.
On this, the 13th year of Sounds From The Other City
ALL WILL CULMINATE.
All is not lost.
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN is here to offer you the protection you need.
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN hold the keys to your fulfilment.
Walk with us into the future!
join the congregation
may all beings awaken.
I’M STICKING WITH YOU
In celebration of Sounds From the Other City’s 13th year, EC Davies presents participatory event ‘I’m Sticking With You.’
Players will be filmed throwing giant dice whilst wearing colourful love heart balaclavas. Producing a winning combination ’13’ provides a chance to win pairs of limited edition love dolls. Have fun, take a chance, and be part of a live piece of video art, where everyone will receive a gift from the artist.
Dice throwing actions will be projected live and later at donthinklove.com.
This action is part of Davies’ series ‘Press Play and Record’, funded by Arts Council England.
REFORM RADIO & ONEFIVEEIGHT @ REGENTS TRADING ESTATE
Teaming up to create an outdoor live art and DJ Zone with artists and DJs from the OneFiveEight roster and Reform Radio.
CAUSTIC COASTAL @ UNIT 2 REGENTS TRADING ESTATE
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Tickets for 2017 festival are available via Skiddle.com now.