Salford’s celebration of new music, art and performance SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April, 2017. We are pleased to share with you the first wave of acts who will be performing at the festival’s 13th edition. The full line up will be released in Mid-March.
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 festival are available via Skiddle.com now.
Physical tickets will be available in the coming weeks.
Selecting the acts this year are 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 Records 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 @ 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 RECORDS @ 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.
FAMILY TREE @ THE ANGEL CENTRE
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.
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.
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.
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.
As with each year at SFTOC we are pleased to tell you more about the new commissions for 2017:
THE WHITE HOTEL PRESENTS:
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 live performances from
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 here 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
SOUNDS 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.
Further stages will be run by the following, and we are holding their line up news aside for now:
FAT OUT & PARADOX PIZZA PARTY @ VERO
NTS @ ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY SPACE
TOPP PRESENT @ THE OLD PINT POT (downstairs)
SACRED TAPES @ THE ENGINE HOUSE
YOUNG IDENTITY @ POP UP PERFORMANCES
MIDI SCHOOL @ BEXLEY SQ BEER TENT
INKFOLK @ ISLINGTON MILL
NIGHT FANTASY @ THE OLD PINT POT (upstairs)
++++ plus more tba
Tickets for 2017 festival are available via Skiddle.com now.