Sounds From The Other City

January 10, 2017

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 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.

May 8, 2016

Tickets on sale for SFTOC 2017

Mike Hughes for SFTOC 2016

The date is set, Bank Holiday Sunday April 30th.

The place is set, Chapel St.

Advance tickets priced at £23 via

Super Earlybird Tickets priced at £12 – now Sold Out

Earlybird tickets priced at £18 – now Sold Out

Physical tickets will be available in early 2017.

May 8, 2016

SFTOC 2016!!

Mike Hughes for SFTOC 2016

Well, one week on and we have only just recovered whilst sitting in the blistering sun, reminiscing about last weeks cold grey skies. Despite the weather, SFTOC 2016 was quite simply the best one yet and we just wanted to take a few minutes of your time to thank everyone who helps create this magic.

Firstly we could not do this without our team who have put months of hard work into making this happen in every sense of the word; our tech wizards Dave Jay & Aislinn Fearon, our social media god Matthew Britton, our press team Ruth Allan and Jamie Leigh Hargreaves and our volunteer Coordinator Isla Brown. Our wonderful contractors, the tech providers Neuron Pro Audio and Hollowsphere and the guys who keep us safe all day and all night, Serenity Security.

Secondly, the promoters for pulling it out the bag more so than they ever have done before: Fat Out till you Pass Out, Hey! Manchester, Good Afternoon, Now Wave, Video Jam, SFTOC.TV heads Bad Uncle & IMPATV, Salford Zine Library, Manchester Midi School, The White Hotel, T’OPP Collective, The Beauty Witch, Try Luv, Sham Bodie, Chew Disco, Trash-a-rama, Grey Lantern, Sacred Tapes, Samarbeta, Annex Agency, Faktion, Gesamtkunstwerk, Meat Free, Night Fantasy, The Green Yard and our out of towners NTS Radio, Heavenly Records, The Quietus, Cafe Oto.

Thirdly, himHallows for leading us in the right direction to the deep sea and our poster creator David Bailey for flying solo this year on what has been one of our favorite designs ever and adapted in so many ways across the site, esp the stage logos this year that were next level.

Our enthusiastic supporters who we work with in many different ways to make this event truly magic; Arts Council England, Salford City Council, English Cities Fund, Cloudwater, Portable Street Beer House, Timekeepers Square, First Chop Brewing Arm, The Skinny, Islington Mill, Midi School & The New Oxford.

ALL the Artists & Musicians, you really put on a great show. The AMAZING Volunteers without you we could not have done this. The Venues for letting us take over your spaces for a day of madness.

And Lastly YOU, the audience, thanks for coming down and making it all worthwhile – you really are the best!

Beyond this there are so many people to mention who help bring this event together behind the scenes so a huge heartfelt thanks for that. SFTOC 2016, We did it! Salford truly is a special place.

May 1, 2016

SFTOC 2016 is here


Finally, we’ve reached May 1st – SFTOC is here! We’re putting the final pieces together for the year’s best party, and we can’t wait to see you.

For all the latest information, follow us on Twitter, or tag us on Instagram – and we’ll have sporadic updates on Facebook, too. We’ll be announcing special events throughout the day, as well as keeping people updated on what is happening where.

Once again, the wristband exchange opens 2pm at Islington Mill – if you purchased tickets online, please try and print out your tickets to help speed up the process. Admittance to any venue will not be allowed without a wristband, so please head to the Mill before you start your day.

As previously mentioned, there will be a limited amount of tickets on the door – these are likely to sell out very fast, so please be warned.

If you want to plan your day, the clashfinder is still online here, but there will also be programmes available at Islington Mill including stage times.

Apart from that, have a great day – it’s gonna be our ever. Also – remember to try and capture the ‘Spirit of SFTOC’ in a picture and tag it #SFTOCSkinny to win a load of lovely prizes. All the details here.

We’ll see you on the other side.

April 30, 2016

1 DAY TO GO: Last minute essentials


In 25 hours our doors will OPEN for SFTOC 2016! Here is a final reminder of everything you need to know for the big day:

– The Wristband Exchange is open from 2pm until 9pm and is situated at Islington Mill (James St, Salford, M3 5HW)
– There will be around 100 tickets available on the day, priced at £25. If you are looking to purchase a ticket we advise getting to Islington Mill early. We will be updating on Twitter about the status of ticket sales. We are unable to accept card so please come with cash.
– You must go to the Wristband Exchange before heading to any venues as you need a wristband to enter, a ticket will not do.
– Please be aware there is likely to be a queue but we will endeavor to get everybody through as quickly as possible.
– Please print out or download your ticket and have it ready to be scanned as you enter the Mill.
– Wristbands will only be given to people at the Wristband Exchange in person – you must be present to receive your wristband.
– We are not able to reserve tickets.

– Tickets are available for the Ex Easter Island Head x BBC Philharmonic performance at Salford Cathedral on a first come, first served basis from the Wristband Exchange.
– The Cathedral is a strictly no alcohol venue – please respect this.

– All venues have a set capacity and if full a wristband will not guarantee you entry, so we advise if you are really keen to see a certain act, get there early to avoid disappointment.
– There will be a programme available at the Wristband Exchange – don’t forgot to pick yours up. You can also download a Clashfinder in advance.
– Timings and Acts are, as always, subject to change but we will keep you updated on Social Media.
– There will be signs around directing you to venues, as well as a lovely map on your programme but if you have any questions ask our amazing team of volunteers.
– There are 4 After Parties taking place this year, some are more likely to be in demand than others, if there is a queue head on over to another one, they will all be bangin’.
– Please bring cash as a lot of our venues are unable to accept card.
– Please do not bring your own alcohol, bag checks will be in operation.

A reminder of some of the stuff you may previously have missed:

– Your Food & Drink options for the day so you can plan your pitstops.
– Merch is available to purchase from the Wristband Exchange and also the Engine House Bar, both situated at Islington Mill.
Tag your photos on Instagram & Twitter throughout the day to be in with a chance of winning LARGE #SFTOCSkinny.
– Bring/wear a mask proudly to get involved with the himHallows Masquarade Ball


Have fun and bring your poncho!