Here we have it…
The first names of 2016’s SFTOC line-up are here! Acts playing across the 16 stages include former Race Horses frontman Meilyr Jones, one of the most hotly tipped bands of 2016, Pumarosa – think PJ Harvey meets The Knife. Also on the bill is the searing, scuzzy outsider techno of Leeds based Chrononautz, Laura Cannell, one of the UK’s finest exponents of modern folk and avant garde composition, welsh pop-sensation Gwenno Bristol’s heavyweight psychic voyagers Anthroprophh, French solo artist Terrine’s post-punk industrial guitar techno, Bella Union debutants exmagician, Full time Hobby stars The Magnetic North and a return for the much loved Charles Hayward, fresh from his reunion shows with This Heat.
New for this year are stages co-curated with Café Oto (at Islington Mill with Fat Out),The Quietus (at The Kings Arms with Grey Lantern) and Sways Records/The White Hotel, switching their Lower Salford homes for the banks of the River Irwell for the epic 12 hour party marathon entitled ‘Salford & Gomorrah‘ taking place upstairs at The Old Pint Pot.
Leading promoters (alongside the previously mentioned) hosting stages include Now Wave, Video Jam, Hey! Manchester, Tru Luv, Shambodie, Meat Free and The Beauty Witch.
Part festival, street party, exhibition, rave and immersive architectural tour, Sounds From The Other City sets up shop in fascinating places like Paul Heaton’s Kings Arms pub, Islington Mill’s pitch-perfect live room, the historic public meeting ground of Bexley Square, disused railway arches plus a SFTOC first at Salford Cathedral – more details coming soon.
What’s more, every SFTOC festival looks and feels totally different, which is just one reason why we sell almost every year. This years look and feel will be coming from the imagination of artist, illustrator and set designer himHallows.
This year at SFTOC 2016, there’s a new moon rising. Captained by himHallows, SFTOC 2016 is trawling the deep sea to bring ‘the New Occult’ to Chapel Street. 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. Join Captain’s masquerade ball at midnight, where nothing will be as it seems. But whatever you do, don’t forget your costume.
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 they’ll be broadcasting LIVE from a custom made TV studios for the full day, presenting a cavalcade of entertainment via a new channel: SFTOC.TV. Expect the best artists, musicians, performers and entertainers over day of live televisual pleasure.
One of the most important parts of any Sounds from the Other City festival is always the poster reveal. Not only does it set the tone for that year’s edition of SFTOC, it also seems to be the moment that the whole thing becomes a lot more real. Our long-time collaborator David Bailey has once again been toiling away to make sure that we have another memorable poster to mark the 2016’s celebration of new music, performance & art – and we think he’s done his best work yet. See the thing in all it’s glory below.
As an additional treat to commemorate this special day, we’re pleased to announce that the first names from this year’s festival will be revealed on Monday (8 February), as well as the complete list of all the promoters involved in crafting SFTOC 2016. Keep checking your social media feeds for all the relevant info – or just come back here. Whichever is easier.
Each year at SFTOC so much takes place up and down Chapel St, we had some photographers out there tasked with capturing as much as they could. Some top images here from arrival to the after-party
Don’t forget tickets are now on sale for 2016 from Skiddle. 2015 sold out in record time, so dont leave it too late for next year!
Another SFTOC has been and gone, and as every year, it’s totally overwhelming to see the huge amount of support and love people show for this annual outing to Salford.
But before we move on to plans for next year, we wanted to take a moment to give thanks to some of the people without whom SFTOC couldn’t happen.
Firstly, everyone who Volunteered; this year we worked with around 40 of you and you were all excellent, keeping everyone and everything right on track all day.The promoters, whose choices and selections this year made for one of our most eclectic outings ever!
Of course, the bands, DJs, performers and artists who took part in the festival – without whom the day would be pretty boring!
All of the venues, for not only being wonderful hosts but being so open and free to so many free ideas, in particular our base and ‘home from home’ at Islington Mill, without whose constant energy and support, this just wouldn’t be possible.
All of the people that work so hard in the run up to and on the day to make SFTOC happen: Matt Britton, Dave Jay, Charlie Booth, Ruth Allan, Jamie Leigh Hargreaves, Dave Bailey, Lucy Jones, Aislinn Fearon, Lisa Gillen, Marc Rigelsford, Lou Gardner and Gwen Osmond, Textbook Studio, Mono, Oh Digital, Neuron Pro Audio, Hollowsphere Lighting, Sixth Sound, SNS Marquees & Serenity Security.
Our Partners & Supporters, especially Arts Council England for supporting the vision of the festival and most importantly enabling us to realise 3 brand new commissions. Muse Development and English Cities Fund for supporting the Festival and giving us the opportunity to try out two very space exciting spaces in the New Bailey Arches and Vimto Gardens. Salford City Council for once again supporting the festival and to The New Oxford and First Chop for keeping our artists well refreshed.
And finally YOU the Audience for making this festival what it is – we can’t wait to see you on the streets of Salford next year, Sunday May 1st.
To celebrate, we will be putting Super Earlybird tickets on sale at 10am Friday morning 8th May!
50 priced at £10 and 50 priced at £15
*image credit Mike Hughes