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April 16, 2018

SoundsTown: Academy of Painting & Decorating, Dog Show, and much much more.

Soundstown Billboard 1

With the festival less than 3 weeks away, we’re pleased to reveal some extra special details of our inner city development and gentrification engine: SoundsTown, an imaginary community layered over the very real and thriving community of Chapel Street – now with more wacky neighbours! Includes all mod cons! You’re a lucky person to be part of this new & improved local locality!

The brainchild of SFTOC 2018 artistic directors David Bailey and Stina Poutinen, this fake conurbation will be taking over Chapel Street and the surrounding areas on Sunday 6 May. Some primo examples include Regent’s Trading Estate transforming into JamJar’s Jamboree Farmer’s Market, St Philip’s Church becoming the First National Bank of SoundsTown, and newcomer Hot Bed Press spending 24 hours as Pep Boys Auto & Lock Shop – you can explore all the locations on our SoundsTown page here.

Of course, we’ve also got some special SoundsTown events peppered throughout what is essentially a national holiday for the fictitious settlement. First up, the SoundsTown Academy of Painting and Decorating, an institute of great academic and cultural importance for all residents. Taking place in Regents Trading Estate Unit 4, here’s what the great masters running the educational establishment, some could call them the Principal, have to say:

Creative producers Onwards! are joining us for the very first time, bringing The Sounds Town Academy of Painting and Decorating: part immersive theatre, part interactive game, this fast-paced experience is set to unlock the artistic potential of the SoundsTown population and is not to be missed. A series of fiendish painting challenges – individual, group and deathmatch – will flex creative muscles and the will to win your place in art history.

See more here: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/soundstown-academy-painting-decorating/

If that wasn’t enough, there is also going to be a Sounds from the Other City first in the shape of the SoundsTown Dog Show. That’s right – Crufts can absolutely do one, as we’re welcoming the great and the good boys of Salford and beyond down to Regent Trading Estate for a celebration of all pooches great and small. Open to all and sundry, details on the event will be announced in full shortly – but for the moment the below poster explains more than enough. We’ll be judging all doggos on the following categories: Best Dressed, Obstacle Course, Best Overall Pair, Posiest Pooch, Baddest Bitch, and Goodest Good Boy. Whether your puppy is a purebreed or a mutt, they’re all welcome down in SoundsTown. Full info here: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/soundstown-dog-show/

We’ll be introducing some more of your new SoundsTown neighbours shortly, but in the meantime: have you got your SFTOC tickets? We’re running very, very close to selling out et yours from Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who has already been confirmed, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

SoundsTown Dog Show Poster

March 22, 2018

Special stuff, afterparties and new names added to SFTOC bill

jacuzzi

Easter’s approaching, and we haven’t got around to getting any of you any eggs – our apologies, but please accept these wonderful gifts as a replacement. As if the day wasn’t already packed enough, we’re pleased to reveal yet more of our plans for Sunday 6 May on Chapel Street (and, crucially, the plans for the very early morning of Monday 7 May).

First up, we’ve got confirmation of some special stuff that will be bringing the vibes at Sounds.

With BBC Philharmonic back for another unmissable SFTOC collaboration, we’re happy to announce they’ll be down at Salford Cathedral for the day – if you’ve not seen them over the last 3 editions of the festival, you can’t afford to miss a fourth. IMPA TV, who’ve previously held the reins as our artistic directors, are going to be back once again presenting THE BRANNIGANS DANCE PARTY SEANCE – more details to come on that in the next few weeks. We’ve also added Moist Collective to the party, who’ll be taking over GK Cafe to present a day full of of short films as well as popping up with the Moist Queerground Tent featuring special guest artists and performers, queered up fairground fun and punked up sex toys. Find out more on each on our Stages page now.

Oh, and over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing the characters of SOUNDSTOWN, brought to you by the Transatlantic Trade Partnership: Visual Directors Stina Puotinene and David Bailey. You’ll be able to find all that on their page here. Think of this as more of a teaser than an announcement, natch.

That enough for you? No? Well, we’ve got more yet – saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch has joined Now Wave’s stage. Her one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres by exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound: the perfect SFTOC act. Invisible Wind Factory have also brought Jacuzzi aboard the good ship Sounds – a new collective of five musicians who are fixated by the fashion, health benefits and pure enjoyment of sitting in a Hot Tub for hours on end. Unmissable.

We’ve saved the best for last: an entirely new venue, an unmissable afterparty, and some familiar. The Eagle Inn will be taken over for an incredible SFTOC special antics clubnight x NYC indie disco afterparty in conjunction with Sounds hall of famers PINS. antics Clubnight has been throwing alt. parties for almost seven years, including its current monthly residency at Night & Day Cafe – this time them and PINS will be bringing four hours of NYC bangers! Expect Interpol, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ramones, Beastie Boys, Animal Collective + more.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who has already been confirmed, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

March 2, 2018

Further names added to SFTOC bill

Following last week’s announcement of our full line-up for Sounds from the Other City 2018, it seems that we weren’t quite telling the truth with that full part. In the intervening 7 days, our promoters have been hard at work to get even more names added to the bill, meaning Sunday 6 May is going to be even better than we possibly imagined.

New additions include some old faces – the Optimo affiliated label So Low signees Happy Meals played SFTOC back in 2016, the same year that Bitowski was working as our artistic director with Faux Queens, while Hesska performed for NTS x SFTOC at Manchester International Festival last summer – as well as a lot of new blood including: Mun Sing, the solo project of Giant Swan’s Harry Wright; the haunted musings of Finnish, Glasgow based artist Maria Rossi aka Cucina Povera: a Grey Lantern yard party from record label Cong Burn; and much more besides. See the full list of names added to SFTOC below:

Fat Out: Mun Sing, Éntha
Grey Lantern: Happy Meals, Cong Burn
Comfortable on a Tightrope: Cucina Povera
OneFiveEight: Otherchannels
Invisible Wind Factory: Bitowski, Hesska

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who has already been confirmed, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records

February 23, 2018

Full Line Up Announced

The full 2018 SFTOC festival line-up is out!!

Highlights include a triumphant return of Rough Trade’s white-hot hopes, Goat Girl, Warp Records’ trance-inducing ‘rave voyeur’ Lorenzo Senni, hip hop stalwart, Burgundy Blood, multi-instrumentalist Anni Rossi, former Spacemen 3 founder Pete Kember AKA Spectrum, local boys and Marc-Riley-favourites DUDS and MistaJam’s current hot ticket, the impressionistic soul artist, XamVolo, as well as the grime and hip-hop flecked sounds of Manchester trailblazer, Sleazy F, performing a very rare outing of his full live show DRIPSET.

Cardiff’s Boy Azooga (“a bit like Foals doing a conga.” –Q), and a full live band show from Tru Thoughts’ Werkha, nestle beside box-fresh new sounds from the chilled out guitar-fuzz of 20-year-old Amsterdamer Pip Blom and the must-see pop of Bolton biro basher, and Radio 1 favourite, Chrystal, while the heavier end of the noise spectrum is represented by psychedelic supergroup, Luminous Bodies, and dancing wall of sound, Cattle.

This year’s festival also features a specially-commissioned world premiere of a brand new audio-visual collaboration between contemporary composer Laura Bowler and visual artist Rachel Goodyear, performed with a chamber ensemble of musicians from the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at the majestic Salford Cathedral.

With over 120 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who is confirmed, many more names still to come…

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records

January 26, 2018

First names announced for SFTOC 2018

Ahead of our full line-up announcement in the coming weeks, we’re happy to be able to whet your whistle with the first raft of names for Sounds from the Other City 2018 – as well as revealing exactly which venues will be hosting this year’s party along Chapel Street. 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, past editions have included 2017 Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee IAMDDB, whilst continually shining a spotlight on under-the-radar scenes – and this year looks like it will be taking that ethos to the next level.

The full list of names can be found over on our line-up page here, and you can listen to some of the acts announced on a Spotify playlist here.

Some highlights of this initial taster of the full bill include the legendary Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom playing under his Spectrum moniker the singular punk of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat,  one of the UK’s finest songwriters Barbarossa, producer/DJ wunderkind Kxngs, 6 Music favourites Boy Azooga and Manchester 8-piece Lychee who feature LayFullStop, Blind MIC, and Mayo Du Zulu among their ranks. And we also welcome some box fresh new sounds from the chilled out guitar fuzz of 20 year-old Amsterdamer Pip Blom, teenager Suzi Wu’s future sounds of Londonand a must see in the form of Bolton biro basher, and radio 1 favourite,  Chrystal. 

For our venues we’ve got the usual mix of old favourite haunts (The Kings ArmsOld Pint PotSt Philip’s ChurchThe Angel Centre among others), late comers that have already become part of the furniture (Regent Trading EstateEgerton Arms, The School of Electronic Music – formerly MIDI School – et al), and some new locations that we can’t wait for you to see – with Five Four Studio & Hot Bed Press both getting involved in SFTOC for the first time. They’re going to feel like home the moment you step in there, we promise. See the full stage line-up, along with details on which promoter will be where, on our stages page here.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/

As previously announced, we’ve got Manchester’s best promoters – from Now Wave to Grey Lantern, from Hey! Manchester to Strange Days, from Fat Out to Tru Luv – picking the stages once more in 2018, as well as having some tastemakers from further afield (hello, Invisible Wind Factory!) and the likes of BBC Philharmonic on board again for a special new project. See our previous announcement here.

Much, much more to be announced in coming weeks, keep checking back for more