Sounds From The Other City

Line Up

Salford’s celebration of new music, art and performance SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April, 2017. The full line up and details of promoters will be released in early 2017 but until then you can take a look at the below to see what happened in 2016 and get a flavour of what you can expect.

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. 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, Horsebeach and Sampha and has been covered by the Guardian, the New York Daily Post, the NME and more.

2016 brought treats from far and wide to the streets of Salford, 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.

Physical tickets are available now at Common, North Tea Power, Font Chorlton (all bkg fee free) as well as at Piccadilly Records or get them online from

All details and line-ups subject to change.

Chew Disco & Trash-o-Rama at The Crescent

Fat Out & Cafe Oto at The Burrow, Islington Mill

Grey Lantern & The Quietus at The Kings Arms

Hey Manchester at St Philip’s Church

Now Wave at Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate

Video Jam at Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate

Scoring the following films:

Tru Luv @ The Salford Arms

T’OPP Collective downstairs @ The Old Pint Pot

 Heavenly Records & Friends @ First Chop Brewing Arm


NTS @ Islington Mill Gallery Space

Live Broadcast from NTS Manchester. Their Sunday schedule live & direct.

Line Up TBA

Sham Bodie @ Bexley Square

Sacred Tapes @ The Engine House


Beauty Witch @ The Angel Centre

The White Hotel presents ‘Salford & Gomorrah’ upstairs @ The Old Pint Pot

Line-up specially selected by SWAYS/SLOWDANCERS/WOM

Sometimes you have to take the whole concept of ART and wrap a piece of strong brown tape around its overworked and rapidly decaying mouth. Drink a beer and listen. The White Hotel has moved for the day/night. 12 hours of living. We’re bringing our own light to the darkness. It’s going to be alright, at last, for a while. Trust us.

+++++++ more to be announced

Salford Zine Library @ The Deli Lama

A sizeable collection of the Zine Library in a cosy reading room with readings from…

Manchester Midi School @ Midi School Car Park


++ Sally Murray

+++ Mic Sinclair

++++ Paulo Grilli

+++++ LOA

Good Afternoon @ The New Oxford

A dance-a-thon in five parts: -The Inauguration of the Global Spirits -Spiritual Shakedown -Psyche Sunset -The Transcendental (Inner) Space Disco -THE SEANCE feat

Samarbeta present Ex-Easter Island Head & BBC Philharmonic Ensemble @ Salford Cathedral
Following on from last year’s triumphant collaboration, 2016 sees the composition of a brand new work. Join us for a sundown show in the enchanting surrounds of Salford Cathedral. Free tickets available on first come-first served basis to wristband holders on the day

Bad Uncle and IMPATV present SFTOC.TV

Never one to stick to convention for SFTOC, Bad Uncle is teaming up with IMPATV to transmit LIVE to the planet as part of this year’s festival. Together we’ll be broadcasting LIVE from our custom made telly studios for the full day, bringing you a cavalcade of entertainment via our new channel Our studio execs are currently busy holding intense focus groups, monitoring Nielsen Ratings and tracking viewer eyeball movements to determine exactly what you at home demand to see, ignoring it all, and then doing whatever the hell they want. We’ll be recruiting the best artists, musicians, performers and entertainers to bring you a day of live televisual pleasure beamed direct to your screens. Who knows maybe you’ll be the next big star. NB: SFTOC TV is filmed in front of a live studio audience.

+++++++ more to be announced

The Green Yard @ The Angel Centre

+ A Tribute to Diane Charlemagne

++ Carley

+++ Decoy

++++Shipmans Prescription

Caustic Coastal @ Unit 2 Regent Trading Estate

Caustic Coastal present 2 projects in their newly opened venue.

Coco Crampton x Nicole Vinokur


Faktion, Annex & Gesamtkunstwerk @ Islington Mill Gallery Space

+ BLOSC & Hess DJs

Meat Free @ The Burrow, Islington Mill

Night Fantasy @ First Chop Brewing Arm Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand) B2B with Night Fantasy



Portable Street Beer House & Cloudwater @ Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate

Two heavyweights of the craft beer scene combine to bring top beer and top vibes, a first to SFTOC

Alongside DJs Jeff O Toole, Duncan Sime & SMS providing vibes between acts all day long…


And finally: HIM HALLOWS – New Occult™ This year at SFTOC2016, there’s a new moon rising. Captained by artist himHallows, SFTOC 2016 is trawling the deep sea to bring the New Occult™ to Chapel St. For one day and one night the mystical and mythological will reign, so keep your third eye sharp and your transcendental mind open. Expect otherworldly characters to rise from the dark depths to take over Salford’s age old venues, with strange decoration and plenty of unexpected surprises. We have been advised: “Join us at midnight for the Captain’s masquerade ball, where nothing will be as it seems. But whatever you do, don’t forget your costume.

Check out our 2015 Highlights video produced by SJJ Film to get you in the mood for SFTOC shenanigans: