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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 here: 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 here: 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 here:

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

December 15, 2017


The road to the best day of your year starts here – SAVE THE DATE – Bank Holiday Sunday May 6th……

AND we’re pleased to be able to reveal our first raft of promoters who will be bringing the Sounds to the Other City in 2018. Marking our 14th annual celebration of new music and performance on Chapel Street, this year’s line-up of selectors includes old favourites, cult classics, and some new blood – all in keeping with the usual otherworldly feeling that makes the early May bank holiday in Salford so special.

From those firm favourites, we’re proud to have Now WaveHey! ManchesterGrey LanternComfortable on a Tightrope, Fat Out & friends, and Bad Uncle all involved once again – each has played an enormous role in shaping SFTOC into what it is today. Heavenly Recordings, Good Afternoon, BBC Philharmonic, IMPA TV, The Beauty Witch, and Market (formerly T’OPP Collective) are back aboard too, with each having made a huge impact on the festival in recent years, alongside fellow Other City heroes Tru Luv, Young Identity, OneFiveEightReform RadioEastern Bloc and the School of Electronic Music (formerly MIDI School). 

For new faces, there’s a smorgasbord of different selectors making their Chapel Street debuts, with local tastemakers in the shape of Strange Days, legendary Manchester venue Band on the Wall, tropical specialists Regal Disco, the region’s best new party-bringers Thirsty Girls Collective, a music and artist books remix via Bound Art Book Fair, and all the way from Liverpool we’re delighted to finally have The Invisible Wind Factory on board too. Each will be bringing their own unique flavour, making it the most expansive Sounds yet.

And there will be plenty more joining the party too, including more news on brand new local development SOUNDSTOWN ……

Teaming up this year in the role of SFTOC festival visual directors are artist and Illustrator duo Stina Puotinen and David Bailey, whose Transatlantic Trade Partnership will bring us SOUNDSTOWN, a new development right in the heart of Salford. An imaginary community layered over the very real and thriving community of Chapel Street – with more wacky neighbours! Includes all mod cons! Full details on the development – subject to planning permission – will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available now from for £25 plus booking fee here: Physical tickets will be available in the new year from selected locations – and they are liable to sell out well in advance of the big day. 

A perfect present, either for a loved one or for yourself. See you soon – it’ll be Sunday 6 May before you know it!

June 26, 2017

SFTOC x Manchester International Festival: Full listings

While Sounds from the Other City 2017 is over, we’re far from done with the year – with our collaboration with Manchester International Festival kicking off in less than a week. Teaming up with some of our favourite promoters, we’ve been given the keys to the festival’s Pavilion Theatre to curate 7 nights of unmissable music, starting with Hookworms & Carla dal Forno on Sunday 2nd July. See our full programme and purchase tickets below – we’ll be seeing you soon.

Sunday 2 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Grey Lantern presents: Hookworms & Carla dal Forno More information & tickets

Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Now Wave presents: William Basinski More information & tickets

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Samarbeta presents: Stealing Sheep: ‘Luma Disco’ More information & tickets

‘Liverpool Electro trio premiere new tracks and visuals. This will be the live premiere of their third album’

Sunday 9 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & NTS Radio presents: Amnesia Scanner, Gnod & Hesska More information & tickets

Wednesday 12 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Hey! Manchester presents: Kiran Leonard: ‘Song of the Husband’ More information & tickets

‘Leonard presents a new performance and visual art show’

Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Fat Out presents: Portico Quartet More information & tickets

Sunday 16th July, 3pm

SFTOC & Now Wave presents: Spring King & Let’s Eat Grandma More information & tickets