Sounds From The Other City

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:

March 7, 2017


As you know, SFTOC is all go for 2017…and we need you! Apply now to be part of our amazing volunteer team and help deliver the festival this year. 

All our volunteers muck in and help run the event on the day, together with the SFTOC Team. We are also looking for people to lend an extra hand in our set-up and take-down days. 

You’ll volunteer in a dynamic environment, as a core part of our event, and gain experience across events management, live music and venue management. 

We simply cannot say enough about our appreciation for our volunteers each year, and we try to show the love in every way we can. You’ll be well supported and briefed by our team, receive good breaks to enjoy the festival, a fun and friendly atmosphere, some free food and drink and a SFTOC T-shirt.  

We have great feedback from our volunteers each year, and a lot of fun is had by all!  

If you would like to apply please read the Volunteer Information then fill in the Application Form. 

Applications are due by 5pm on Friday 31st March 2017, but we encourage you to apply as soon as you can. We have limited places available and will be filling roles as we go.

All volunteers must be available for at least Sunday 30th April 2017 (festival day) and for an Induction Evening on Wednesday 12th April, 6-8pm at Islington Mill, Salford. We are very grateful if you are available for our set-up and take-down too, please let us know on your Application Form.

Form here: 

See all the Volunteer Information here (PDF)

February 24, 2017

Horsebeach, David Nance, Simon Joyner, Lee Southall added to SFTOC line-up

With just over two months to go until Sounds from the Other City 2017, we’re pleased to be able to announce another small raft of names for Salford’s annual celebration of new music, art and so much more. Following our initial names (including Goat Girl, Ex-Easter Island Head, Fazerdaze among others), we’re proud to be able to add the following names to the line-up; local legends and purveyors of upbeat, dreamy indie-pop HORSEBEACH; Omaha’s best-kept secret DAVID NANCE; lo-fi hero & renowned American singer-songwriter SIMON JOYNER; and ex-The Coral guitarist and all-round virtuoso LEE SOUTHALL. Find out more about each act on our Line-up A-Z page, as well as seeing all the other names that will be playing SFTOC on April 30th.

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

Physical tickets will be available from Common Bar, Piccadilly Records, Kings Arms and Old Pint Pot very shortly – check twitter for more details.

In the meantime, our seemingly resident cult SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN have sent us their forth initiation tape – it looks like they’re going to be here to stay at SFTOC, so we may as well all strap in and…join them?

Keep up to date with the latest names added to the festival bill with our Spotify playlist, by subscribing here.

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.