Sounds From The Other City Festival has been a firm underground favourite since 2004; championing local promoters and celebrating the off-kilter beauty of Salford, the oft-overlooked ‘other city’ to Manchester.
A genuine DIY success story – the past five years have each sold out – this year marks its fifteenth anniversary and, on Sunday 5th May 2019, they’re set to celebrate in unique style with their first Quindecennial.
Today, it announces the full line up featuring Black Midi (“the most talked about new band in the country” – DIY; “your favorite band’s new favorite band” – Pitchfork), the return to SFTOC of indie-pop royalty The Orielles, Belgian punks Cocaine Piss, Bristol noise-rockers Spectres, the blissed-out grooves of Manchester’s Ménage à Trois, Edinburgh DIY folk-rock troubadour Withered Hand, laid-back rap maestro Barney Artist, and the Sounds debut of Factory Floor co-founder Gabe Gurnsey (“unfailingly relentless” – The Guardian).
SFTOC also welcomes the BBC Philharmonic for a special commission, this time to collaborate with recent favourites Young Identity. Combining the power of the spoken word performance with the magisterial energy of an orchestral ensemble, this one-off meeting of minds is certain to go down in Sounds lore.
For the Quindecennial, SFTOC asked 15 of its favourite promoters to pick two acts, to be presented across 5 stages. In the mix are perennial greats Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, and Grey Lantern, exciting new blood in Partisan (the collective and volunteer run space for independent, community led, DIY and cultural based projects), and a big link up with Bluedot (who will be making their SFTOC debut).
2018 saw the biggest and best SFTOC to date. This year will see all that action packed into one site, as 1500 people descend on Salford’s Regent Trading Estate. Sunday 5th May will be filled with the special touches fans won’t find anywhere else, with art direction from ALL five art directors from the past five years. As day turns to night, they will be the usual array of legendary after-parties at both the Pint Pot and across all 4 floors at new venue YES with a one-off collab between So Flute x High Hoops, everyone’s favourite basement dance party, Kiss Me Again, newcomers Me Gusta, the return of the Thirsty Girls and mega vibes from Regal Disco.
Tickets are super limited for this extra special edition of the festival and are on-sale now for £25, exclusively through Skiddle.
Listen to many of the bands playing the festival on our Spotify playlist by clicking here, or getting involved below.
On Thursday 14 March, we’re unveiling our complete Sounds from the City Quindecennial line-up – marking the final stretch of the countdown to the best day of the year. To celebrate, we are going to be playing a few tunes at our good pal’s Now Wave’s space, YES on Charles St. Joining us for the evening are just a handful of people involved in making this year a truly special do to celebrate our 15th year. As well as Team SFTOC (Matt, Sian, Emma, Mark & Riv), we have selections from Manchester dream-pop babes Menage a Trois, a set from party starters Good Afternoon who will be bringing everything from Psych to Disco, Sounds of the Near Future from festival favourites and our hosts for the evening Now Wave, and finally newcomers to the festival in multicultural collective Me Gusta. Free entry, cheap drinks, good vibes throughout.
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SFTOC Quindecennial tickets have mostly gone – if you’ve not got yours, act quick and buy from Skiddle here.
With the Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial now only just over 10 weeks away (and with the majority of the tickets long since sold – don’t miss out!), we’re happy to reveal this year’s crop of promoters. In this special edition of the festival, we’ve picked 15 promoters to select the creme de la creme for the 15th SFTOC. In amongst it, we’ve got perennial greats such as Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, and Grey Lantern, as well as some old favourites in a Dots & Loops and Lamb & Wolf collaboration Dots & Wolf, some new blood in Partisan, and a big link up with our friends at Bluedot festival who will be making their Sounds debut.
See the full list of SFTOC 2019 promoters below.
Doing the only thing they know how, they will be bringing the best artists from around the UK to Sounds, laying waste to anyone who stands in their way, and having a ruddy bloody good time in the process.
Band on the Wall
Part of Manchester’s thriving musical history and cultural landscape since the 1930’s, with a global reputation for bringing the finest jazz, folk, blues and international music to the city.
The Beauty Witch
Born of a deep passion and belief in Manchester’s thriving underground scene, The Beauty Witch have six years’ worth of experience in wreaking sonic havoc and bringing a diverse array of artists both local and international to the city.
Held annually at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bluedot is a hugely respected music, science and culture event – combining music, live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.
Comfortable on a Tightrope
Putting on some of the most memorable Manchester gigs of the past 14 years, Comfortable on a Tightrope thrive on the lo-fi, the fuzzy and the idiosyncratic.
Dots & Wolf
Parts of two all time SFTOC legends (Dots & Loops, Lamb & Wolf) combine to curate part of our Quindecennial programme. Unmissable.
Fat Out venture into the obscure and creative potential of artists both locally and internationally with an aim of discovering new and adventurous music and producing captivating live shows for both artist and audience alike.
Celebrating their seventh visit to Sounds From The Other City in eight years, they’ve previously collaborated on stages with The Quietus, Faux Discx, Wotgodforgot and Drowned In Sound – by this point, they’re practically SFTOC royalty.
Rising from the acid house explosion, and now entering its third decade, Heavenly Recordings is the most exciting its ever been. Home to a disparate crew of rule-breaking musical magic-makers, from the Mark Lanegan and St. Etienne to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Orielles, their eclectic roster is united by an outsider status and ability to inspire obsessive fandom.
Hey! Manchester was established in February 2006 and since then have promoted alternative shows that are big and small, and everywhere in between. Only working with artists they’re passionate about and favouring unusual venues – from Victorian observatories and hotel suites to bike shops and steam trains – they are bona-fide Sounds from the Other City veterans.
The purveyors of sounds of the near future come to Sounds from the Other City once again, and they’ll certainly be bringing the best new names around.
Opened in July 2017, Partisan is a space for independent, community led, DIY and cultural based projects in Manchester. As a collective and co-operative, Partisan is democratically owned and managed by the people who work in and use the space.
Although relative newcomers, Strange Days have already carved out a reputation for themselves as taste-makers by debuting acts such as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nick Waterhouse, The Murlocs and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
Tru Luv was founded by independent promoter and new music journalist Phill Young in 2013. One of the key voices behind Manchester’s rising urban scene, Tru Luv is always looking to find the next big thing – and letting you hear them before anyone else, like when they brought IAMDDB to SFTOC a few years back
Young Identity (YI) is an arts organisation founded by Shirley May and Ali Gadema in Manchester in 2006. YI delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people in art venues such as Contact and HOME and in local communities across Manchester.
Each promoter will be responsible for programming their own corner of the festival across our Regent Trading Estate base. As ever, they’ll deliver the eclectic vibe that is unmistakably Sounds – and we can’t wait to tell you what they’ve got in store.
We’ll be announcing much more in the coming weeks – including our first acts for SFTOC 2019, details of our legendary afterparties, and all the special touches that make Sounds the best day of the year every year. The only thing left is for you to grab your ticket for our Quindecennial celebration – at the current rate, they’ll be all gone long before the big day, Sunday 5 May. Grabs yours exclusively from Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
15 tracks, showcasing a small selection of the acts that have played Sounds from the Other City over the past 15 years. Our SFTOC Quindecennial takes place on Sunday 5th May, 2019. Tickets available via Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
With tickets for our pre-sale moving incredibly quickly, we’ve now opened general sale for the Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial. Capacity is limited to 1,500 – half of last year’s event – and we’re expecting for tickets to sell out well in advance of the big day, Sunday 5 May.
2019 sees Sounds From the Other City (SFTOC) celebrate its 15th year in unique style, unlike anything seen before on May Bank Holiday Sunday – or any other Sunday for that matter. Roughly as infrequently as an eclipse of Saturn’s rings, or as the cicada swarms in the American deep south, or as Boatinni’s Comet comes into Earth’s orbit, Sunday May 5th sees us celebrate our first Quindecennial: a festival that happens once only every 15 years.
We’ve always planned to celebrate this momentous milestone with something special, so here it is…a one off event that condenses everything you love about Sounds into one super-concentrated party. 2018 saw our biggest and best festival to date – this year will see all that action packed into one site, as 1500 people make Salford’s Regent Trading Estate their home at our most ambitious SFTOC to date. For our Quindecennial, we’ve asked 15 of our favourite promoters to pick their best two acts, which will be brought to you across 5 stages – along with everything else that makes SFTOC the best day of the year, every year.
SFTOC is a festival of music and art, a day of discovery, a community festival in its truest form, bringing Manchester and most importantly Salford together in creating something downright magical and unique to be enjoyed by everyone – whether you are on stage, behind the scenes or soaking it all in from venue to venue with a beer in your hand.
You can buy your tickets now, priced at £25, through Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/?ticketpw=quindecennial#eventticketsbox