Sounds From The Other City

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!

April 29, 2016

2 Days to Go: Food & Drink

Its 6pm, you have band fatigue, you need another pint and some food. Where will you go? The Chippy? Perhaps…but this year we bring you the widest ranging choice EVER at SFTOC for both Food & Drink – we are pretty damn happy with it and hope your bellys will be too.

This year, we welcome back some of our favourite culinary experts and a couple of new faces too. Have a look at the full selection below – with a couple of options potentially to follow on the day…


Mother May I: Vegan Food Extravaganza based out of the resident truck in the IM courtyard

Drum n’ Baste: Rocket oven fired pizza and a quick recharge chilli option. See the beautiful video below.

The B&B Bar: Deluxe Brockman’s Gin bar and vegan tasting plates to compliment the cocktails.

The Engine House Bar: Beer? Whisky? Pickles? Go to the Engine House entrance. You can also purchase the beautiful SFTOC Tote bag designed by Mariel Osborn here on a beer and tote deal for just £10.

Paradices – Come rain or shine these guys will feed you Ice Lolly’s all day long. Based at Islington Mill they have created a special flavour alongside our very own himHallows.



A new hub for SFTOC this year, here you will find promoters: Now Wave, Video Jam & SFTOC.TV and its a 30 second walk from Islington Mill! You will also find these beauties to keep you fed and watered throughout the day.

Portable Street x Cloudwater Bar: Choice craft beer selections from the Cloudwater Summer Range including their White IPA, A Session Bitter and a new lager. More information to follow.

Diamond Dogs: Hand crafted HotDogs made from scratch, smoked over English fruit woods

Mei Mei’s Street Cart: Proper Chinese comfort food inc specialties, Jianbing and Bao

Barnyard Bistro: Expect Steak Burgers and even more Steak Burgers from this beauty of a truck.



Watching some comedy, dancing in the back room of the pub or a car park or reading a zine sat on a sofa. Whatever your vibe in bexley Sq you can treat yourself to the following:

Deli Lama: Caribbean curry goat, veggie jerk burgers and jerk chicken burgers. “There’s a chance we could make something happen here that is by real Salford people” Linda Robson

New Oxford: A varied choice of ales from one of Salford’s longest running institutions. They spread onto the street for this one day of the year to bring you some of their finest selections.


Nkono: African-Caribbean Fusion – Freshly cooked, locally sourced with gluten free and vegetarian options

Nilas Burmese Kitchen: You can take a peek at what to expect from their menu here, my mouth is watering.



Creation Cafe: Outdoor Shot Bar and BBQ serving chicken & beef skewers on tortillas. In the cafe; chillis, curries and rice.

+++ Fresh food served all day at The Old Pint Pot, The Kings Arms (Roast Sandwich’s) & The Salford Arms

April 28, 2016

3 Days to go: himHallows New Occult

With only 3 days to go now excitement is building and this years master of ceremony’s himHallows has made a video to give you an idea of what to expect on the day.

“Ahead of Sounds From the Other City, himHallows takes you on a short excursion to the deep depths of the book of New Occult™. It’s pages contain the summons for the enchanted dark creatures who are forever bound to bring the party, in this instance, 1x Masquerade Ball plz.

So mask up, hold your breath (for approximately 17 hrs) and jump feet first into the murky depths of Sounds From the Other City.

*Splonk ploosh*”

April 27, 2016

4 days to go: Stage Times Announced

With only 4 days to go today is the sacred day that everyone dreads/looks forward to, its time to reveal this years Stage Times. As is tradition we have compiled a very handy clashfinder for you right here.

Times as ever are subject to change but fingers crossed they wont…

Also below you will find a lovely map (designed by Textbook Studio) that will give you an idea of where to find our venues, especially now we have a few newbies within our ranks.

See you all on Sunday

#0179 SFTOC 16 Map 4 WEBSITE

April 26, 2016

5 Days to Go: Host-age Negotiations

So as some of you may remember last year Sham Bodie held a stage at the infamous New Oxford. Host Ben Tonge was in charge of ‘hosting’ the stage but after 10 hours he was, shall we say, a little worse for wear.

In a desperate attempt to get cover for part of Sham Bodie at Sounds From The Other City, Sham Bodie held a competition to see who might take over for a bit when Ben got sleepy/drunk/sleepy drunk.

We went along to their last event at Soup Kitchen at the start of April to help them choose this host alongside SFTOC performer Jayne Edwards and Mr Tonge himself.

Sham Bodie have created this video so you can see what happened and who we chose.

So, congratulations Mr Fran Canning – we will see you on Sunday!