Sounds From The Other City

April 25, 2016

6 Days to Go: Exclusive Soundbites

With only 6 days to go until the big day we are treating you to a bumper Monday listening package.

First up is an excerpt from last year’s Ex Easter Island Head & BBC Philharmonic Ensemble collaboration. The composition, presented by Samarbeta, will be having a reprise this year as the tour-de-fource combine once more for 2016.  The piece will feature a double bass, a harpist, a trumpet and a violin and will be performed in the grand surroundings of Salford Cathedral, a festival first.

It will be performed twice on the day (19:45pm & 21:00) and will have a limited audience capacity. To attend one of the performances you will require a festival ticket (available from Skiddle) and you will need to collect a FREE ticket from the Islington Mill Wristband Exchange which will be available to collect from 2pm onwards on a first come, first served basis.


Next up, party purveyors, Night Fantasy have recorded an exclusive mix just for us to help you get pumped ahead of their after-party at First Chop Brewing Arm with Franz Ferdinand drummer, Paul Thomson.

Mark our words folk this is gonna be one hell of a year. Last few tickets remain via

April 24, 2016


Now part of SFTOC lore, for the past 5 or so years Iwan (formerly of Common, now plying his trade at Blawd Bakehouse) has guaranteed us sun for Sounds by doing his trademark Sun Dance. Having sacrificed a much-loved toy in last year’s video, he’s headed for sunnier climes this time out, in order to make sure the sun always shines on SFTOC.TV – watch the full clip below.

Tickets are now almost sold out – grab yours here:

April 23, 2016

8 Days to go: SFTOC Merch

With 8 days to go we want to reveal to you a sneak peek at this years Merchandise. In a slight change up this year we are working with Mariel Osborn of Covet Interiors fame to create these beauts of tote bags. Using hand dyed techniques (in this years colour themes) to capture your eyes and then a specially created lino cut of Dave Bailey’s poster artwork this is a true SFTOC Collab.

You can purchase these beauts from the Engine House Bar and the Wristband Exchange on the big day for just 7 whole english pounds, they will be available in a variety of colours.

Yes you heard, £7 for a hand-dyed and crafted bag that will keep the SFTOC spirit going all year round.

SFTOC Merch Peek



April 22, 2016

9 days to go: SFTOC.TV Listings

SFTOC.TV: the brainchild of SFTOC’s favorite badman, Bad Uncle and the superpowers of IMPATV. Together they combine to transmit live to the planet as part of this year’s festival. They will be broadcasting live from their custom made telly studio for the full day and bringing you a cavalcade of entertainment via

The brief was set; ‘stream SFTOC live to an audience of millions’. The outcome…well….who knows but it includes 2 stages in a ginormous warehouse space behind Islington Mill and a guaranteed whole lot of fun and mayhem.

To celebrate only 9 days to go the troublemakers have teamed up with artist Steve Hockett to create the wonderful SFTOC.TV Times. You’ve heard of Radio Times, Inside Soap and the classic TV Guide BUT this is what you really want to read and know, soak it up:



We personally can’t wait!

Tickets are selling at a break-neck speed right now, don’t miss out, SFTOC will sell out, you can get yours at Skiddle now.

April 21, 2016

10 days to go: #SFTOCSkinny Prizes Revealed

So here we go, the first of our 10 day countdown posts – the time is upon us, we are ready, are you?

As previously mentioned we are once again teaming up with our pals at The Skinny to offer you the chance to win a goody bag full of prizes – with our special photo competition.

To enter, all you have to do is share your photos of the day on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #SFTOCSkinny.

We’re looking for photos that capture the spirit of the festival, so whether you’ve caught an impromptu gig or parade, a mysterious happening or art installation, anything goes!

Our favourite shot, as chosen by the SFTOC and Skinny teams, will win a bundle of gifts kindly donated by the festival’s promoters and friends. Full list below:

2x Sounds From the Other City 2017!!
2x Föllakzoid at Islington Mill courtesy of Grey Lantern & The Beauty Witch
2x Robert Forster at The Deaf Institute courtesy of Hey! Manchester
2x The Lovely Eggs at Gorilla courtesy of Hey! Manchester
2x Shit & Shine at Islington Mill courtesy of Fat Out till you Pass Out
2x Sham Bodie’s summer show
2x Strange Waves, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard & The Wytches at The Ritz courtesy of Heavenly Records and Now Wave

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Nonagon Infinity LP courtesy of Heavenly Records
Anonymous Bash feat. Charles Hayward LP courtesy of Samarbeta
Yes Blythe, Initiate Screen Prevails LP courtesy of Sacred Tapes

PLUS a wonderful Salford Zine Library tote bag to transport your prizes around town like the boss that you are!

PLUS PLUS the big one A Bermuda GPO Retro Turntable

Pretty cool huh!?
Don’t forget that hashtag #SFTOCSkinny and you could win BIG!