Sounds From The Other City

February 6, 2017

First names announced for SFTOC 2017

Now the countdown to April 30th can truly begin – today, we’re happy to reveal the first raft of names that will be playing this year’s Sounds from the Other City festival. Handpicked by our team of the region’s best promoters, Sounds has always acted as a unique glimpse into what the future of music should sound like, while shining a spotlight on under-the-radar scenes – and this year’s edition already looks like it may be the biggest celebration of these ideals yet.

The full list of names can be found over on our line-up page here, and you can listen to some of the acts announce on a Spotify playlist here.

Some highlights include white-hot three-piece HMLTD, described by NME ‘something genuinely different’, exotic psychedelia from Flamingods, Goat Girl (‘rebuilding London’s indie scene’ – The Guardian), Dutch solo artist Annelotte de Graaf aka Heavenly Records’ Amber Arcades, ethereal New Zealand beats from RBMA graduate Fazerdaze and Sleazy F Baby’s richly textured hip hop.

There will be a NTS radio live broadcast throughout the festival, hosted by their acclaimed roster of DJs, plus Samarbeta present a unique showcase by BBC Philharmonic. Taking place at Salford Cathedral, this is the final installment of a trilogy of performances between the orchestra and alternative contemporary ensemble Ex Easter Island Head who will be joined by double recorder and fiddle performer and composer Laura Cannell, for a special promenade performance.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from here:

As previously announced, 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, TOPP, Tru Luv, Night Fantasy, 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.

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

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!!

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.