Sounds From The Other City

May 15, 2020


✨A massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported our crowdfunder and helped us smash our £2k target!! We had such an amazing response and lovely comments too, you’re all brilliant and we can’t wait to see you back on Chapel Street, on Sunday 2 May, for Sounds from the Other City 2021. ✨

For those who opted for rewards we will be in touch on email soon with details of delivery.

May 5, 2020

SFTOC 2021 Festival Crowdfunder Launched

With only 5 days until what would’ve been Sounds from the Other City 2020, we are today launching a crowdfunder to help support the people, ideas, and organisations that will make 2021 possible – with a schedule of events over the next few days to showcase, in some small way, what our festival and this community is all about. On Wednesday night will have a SFTOC quiz night over on our Instagram, and on the same platform this Thursday we’ll be handing over the reins to Amy Pennington & Sophie Chapman as they create a SFTOC Simulation in the day, followed by a Sounds special Stars In Their Eyes performance in the evening. Friday will see all of our social platforms turned over to a variety of streams that reflect the diversity of the festival – stay tuned for full listings – while on Saturday 2nd May itself, we’ll be asking for your recollections of SFTOCs past, and taking a look through the archive ourselves to relive some favourite memories. If you’d like to get involved with any of the above, drop us a line on

For our crowdfunder, any and all levels of support are hugely appreciated – and we’ve had plenty of people ask how they can help support the festival since it became apparent that we would be unable to run an edition of SFTOC in 2020. £2,000 is, realistically, the minimum the festival requires, but project shortfalls in funding mean we would ideally be raising much more. If you hadn’t picked up yours for this year, the easiest way is to buy a Sounds from the Other City 2021 ticket – and you can even add an exclusive, David Bailey designed SFTOC crowdfunder t-shirt in with that to make it a bundle – this is also available separately, if you’ve rolled over your Sounds ticket already.

Of course, all donations are gratefully accepted: if you’re only able to spare a tenner, we’ll make sure you get a commemorative SFTOC 2020 ticket (which would’ve got you entry to this year’s festival in different circumstances), as well as a Sounds Town badge from our last sojourn on Chapel Street proper back in 2018. If you’re able to spare a little more, we’ve got a few wilder ideas that might be of interest: you can name a stage at SFTOC 2021 (good), go Go-Karting with friend of the festival Elizabeth Alker (great!), or spend a day in an escape room with enemies of SFTOC and self-proclaimed best band in the world Grotbags (oh god no).

May 1, 2020

TODAY! SFTOC Streams – artists, stage times, and more

With only 1 day until (what would’ve been) Sounds from the Other City 2020, we’re marking the occasion by having friends new and old provide a festival of sorts via the media of live streams, Instagram takeovers, mixes, and more. The day starts with a visit from the BBC Philharmonic via Fraser Langton, while Sophie Galpin aka Softlad follows shortly afterwards – different vibes, but each with pure SFTOC energy. Good Afternoon will be sort-of bookending the day with two mixes – one afternoon, one night time – while we’ve teamed up with Reform Radio to bring Villa Camellia 66 + Eli$eva to your living rooms from 7pm, and with OHR x VAM presenting Machine Woman w/ live visuals from Howl Creative to end the day’s live streams with a bang. Oh, and the world’s worst band Grotbags will be on our Insta for a bit. How have we let that one happen.

These live streams are all in aid of our Crowdfunder – any and all donations will go towards keeping our festival going into next year and beyond. You can find a link to donate below: if you’re able to, it would be enormously appreciated.

Here’s who you can see today, and where:

Fraser Langton from the BBC Philharmonic 13:00 Instagram Live
Softlad 14:30 Instagram Live
Good Afternoon Mix (Darren) 16:00 Mixcloud – will be available via our Twitter
Villa Camellia 66 + Eli$eva – Reform Radio live stream 19:00 Facebook live stream
Grotbags Instagram takeover 20:00 Instagram Live
OHR x VAM present Machine Woman w/ live visuals from Howl Creative 21:00 Facebook live stream
Good Afternoon Mix (Erin and Nancy) 22:30 Mixcloud – will be available via our Twitter

May 1, 2020

SFTOC Stars In Their Eyes – watch on catch up now

As part of our week of Crowdfunder events, some friends of the festival got together for a very special episode of Stars In Their Eyes. Re-watch now over on Facebook – and please, be aware, that due to some of the performances being too realistic, the algorithm has muted some of the audio in this recording.

Watch the full video here.

Our Crowdfunder is ongoing – if you can get involved, we would appreciate it enormously.

April 29, 2020

SFTOC Quiz Night – Tonight, 8pm, Instagram

As our countdown week continues apace, tonight we’ll be running a loosely SFTOC-themed quiz over on our Instagram page. Starting at 8pm, we’ll have a picture round, a video round, and then, at 8.45pm, a live round. Any and all entrants are welcome, and there’s no fee to enter – although any contributions to our crowdfunder would be hugely appreciated – with prizes being made up on the spot for the winners. Full details over on our Instagram page here.

Thanks to all who have contributed to our Crowdfunder so far – it has made an enormous difference. If you’re yet to contribute, we still have plenty of prizes left including tickets to SFTOC 2021, exclusive tees, go-karting with Elizabeth Alker, and escape rooming with Grotbags (ugh). Get involved below.