Sounds From The Other City

March 21, 2017

Introducing: Spectres

Elli Brazzill is a journalist based in Manchester editing the new music section for Too Many Blogs, finishing off a degree in Music Business and is part of the SFTOC marketing team. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Elli will be introducing some of acts from the Sounds bill.

“We are loud” is the simple way in which Spectres describe themselves, but there’s a whole lot more to them than that. A large amount of fuzz, reverb and distortion for a start, plus an energy surely mustered from the fiery pits of hell to rile you up into an intense and uncontrollable frenzy – that’s the usual effect Spectres have on a person…from what I’ve seen.

The Bristol 4-piece who grew through local and applauded label Hooting Owl Records have just released their second album Condition via Sonic Cathedral. Receiving glowing reviews all round, it’s undoubtedly an excellent follow up to 2015’s Dying. A slightly calmer listen, and when I say slightly I mean only slightly, as the band had significantly less to prove in their conquest of experimental noise rock. Headlining TOPP’s stage at The Old Pint Pot will be an intimate and undoubtedly riotous occasion that shouldn’t be missed.

Highlights on Condition include the mighty ‘Dissolve’, an almost 8-minute consortium of feedback and flickering distortion – for the first 120 seconds expect to feel like your head has transported inside a badly tuned 70s TV. Stick around for gritty guitars and minor-inflected creeping vocals taking you on an unforgettable ride into oblivion.

Drowned In Sound once wrote in regards to Spectres “if guitars are supposed to be dead it’s probably because Spectres have killed them” – come mourn the guitar’s passing as Spectres play the last show of their European tour at Sounds From The Other City this year..

Spectres are playing Sounds from the Other City for T’OPP at The Old Pint Pot. You can get one of the final festival tickets here:

March 17, 2017

Introducing – TVAM

Elli Brazzill is a journalist based in Manchester editing the new music section for Too Many Blogs, finishing off a degree in Music Business and is part of the SFTOC marketing team. In the weeks leading up to the festival, Elli will be introducing some of acts you may not have heard about from the Sounds bill.

Everyone likes an artist that keeps you on your toes, and Manchester’s TVAM does exactly that. Joe Oxley, aka TVAM, describes his sound as “post-internet, motivational slime-punk” – don’t tell me that doesn’t intrigue you.

Releasing a variety of invigorating singles last year, ‘Porsche Majeure’ presents distorted bass and sultry synths, fiery electronic chords taking their sweet time to properly win you over whereas ‘Gas & Air’ hits you straight in the face. It’s reverberating distortion more extreme but more captivating than any distortion you’ve ever heard before. Clean and crisp, the hazy vocals above drift in one ear and out the other as the force of the track blows you away.

Yet, most recent single ‘Total Immersion’ is a 6-minute post-punk experience, almost reminiscent of recent tour partners and remixes FEWS. How does he do it? We’ve no idea, but we know we like it…a lot.

TVAM will be playing for Heavenly Records at The Old Pint Pot at SFTOC, alongside Amber Arcades (check out an AA/TVAM remix here), The Orielles, Britain and more.

TVAM is playing Sounds from the Other City for Heavenly Recordings upstairs at The Old Pint Pot. You can get one of the final festival tickets here:

March 14, 2017

SFTOC 2017 Full line up is here!

Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) returns on Sunday 30 April 2017, showcasing the best in new music, performance and art. Taking over Salford’s historic Chapel Street area, venues include churches, warehouses, pubs and social centres, each hosted by a leading promoter such as Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, The Beauty Witch & Grey Lantern.

The sounds this year come from across the globe, including hotly tipped HMLTD, Fay and Ayse from Savages new project OTOMO X, Flamingods, Heavenly Recordings’ Amber Arcades, Goat Girl and ethereal New Zealand RBMA graduate Fazerdaze, as well as some of the Northwest’s very best in Horsebeach, IAMDDB, TVAM and The Lovely Eggs. NTS radio return with another live broadcast line-up plus there is the final instalment in a trilogy of showcases with BBC Philharmonic & Ex-Easter Island Head, this time joined by acclaimed double recordist and violinist Laura Cannell, at Salford Cathedral.

As ever, there is the much fabled Sounds atmosphere. Help us ward of spirit and superstition, in this our 13th year, with IMPATV’s festival wide installation, Sound of the New Dawn. Dance around a totem, parade along a street and get lost in a nether world of psychedelic visuals. Artist EC Davies offers the chance to roll a ‘13’ on some giant fluffy dice in participatory event I’m Sticking With You, whilst The White Hotel try to outdo even themselves with 2000AD, a work of fragmented and demented musical theatre, taking place all day long in the Kings Arms.

And when you think your senses can’t take no more, restock on some of the finest street foods and craft beers in the land before partying into the night with line-ups from Inkfolk, Swing Ting x Hotmilk & Night Fantasy with J.G Wilkes (Optimo) at the helm.

Full line up here.

Tickets available now at Common, Islington Mill, Kings Arms and the Old Pint Pot (all bkg fee free) as well as at Piccadilly Records or get them online from

Sunday 30 April 2017, Chapel Street. Wristband collection from Islington Mill, James Street.
All details and line-ups subject to change, keep up to date #sftoc

March 9, 2017

Announced: Sounds from the Other City at Manchester International Festival

We are pleased as punch to finally announce that SFTOC have this year been asked by Manchester International Festival (MIF) to program 7 events that will take place at the Pavilion Theatre at Festival Square this July. We have been long term fans of the festival and were psyched to work with some of our closest promoters to program a handful of events. We’re happy to be able to reveal 5 today, with 2 more to follow.

Sunday 2 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Grey Lantern presents: Hookworms & Carla Del Forno

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Samarbeta presents: Stealing Sheep

‘Liverpool Electro trio premiere new tracks and visuals. This will be the live premiere of their third album’

Wednesday 12 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Hey! Manchester presents: Kiran Leonard: ‘Song of the Husband’

‘Leonard presents a new performance and visual art show’

Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Fat Out presents: Portico Quartet

Sunday 16th July, 3pm

SFTOC & Now Wave presents: Spring King & Let’s Eat Grandma

Plus two more shows to be announced in the coming weeks.

All tickets are £12 from / 0843 208 1840, Up to £2 transaction fee

On sale to MIF members at 2pm on Thursday 9 March

On general release at 1pm on Friday 10 March

March 9, 2017

J. G. Wilkes (Optimo Espacio) added to SFTOC bill

We’ve got more names coming next week, but some we just can’t keep under wraps for that long. Rather than spoil the surprise ourselves, here’s Chris from Night Fantasy with the big reveal:

This is not a drill, this is not hype, this is real life. We are mega psyched to announce that one half of Glasgow discotheque duo Optimo Espacio, J.G Wilkes will be heading down to SFTOC to tear the Pint Pot a new one. 

We’ve long been big Optimo fans at Night Fantasy HQ, and after a chat about the festival and a few bottles of wine in Jonnie’s kitchen, we knew this was a party we had to make happen. Now entering their twentieth year, Jonnie Wilkes and partner JD Twitch (Keith McIvor) spent thirteen of those years at the helm of their infamous Sunday party in Glasgow’s Sub Club. But since wrapping up back in 2010 they’ve taken the Optimo sound round the world, and we’re super grateful and real chuffed that Jonnie has agreed to make a stop in Salford on April 30th. 

All signs are pointing to a big doo, and many people including festival top boss lady Riv Burns agree. Riv has provided us with this… 

‘This is going to be a big doo’ – Riv Burns, 2017 

Not our words…

If you’ve not already purchased your tickets, stocks are starting to run low – get yours from Skiddle (, or physical tix from Piccadilly Records, Kings Arms, Old Pint Pot (booking fee free) or Piccadilly Records.

And to play us out, here’s a Night Fantasy selected Optimo anthem. See you soon: