Sounds From The Other City

January 13, 2012

SFTOC 2011 review round-up

If you didn’t manage to make it to last years festival, here’s a round-up of what the critics said about the big day:

If Sounds From the Other City gets better every year, as evidence suggests and the organisers claim, then a pass to 2012’s event is a unmissable purchase.

Folks at a loose end next May Bank Holiday and even those who already have plans should consider clearing their diaries for Sounds from the Other City – a not-so-underdog festival that carefully gleans local and international talent and fits it all into Salford’s finest settings.

Denise Tench, City Lifers (now Silent Radio)

It’s at around this time that I have to rely solely on my notes, which read as follows:

“Pint Pot at 21:29 Winner of the night’s Gaudiest Jumper & Pants competition announced.”

22:15 the Salford Arms There’s some bitch in an Abbey Rd tshirt who doesn’t know what it means”

“The Angel 22:50 Which is the witchcraft doo-wop hopscotch team DJing Talking Heads-athon.

“Allege whiye people startling listening to a”

“Cannonball soil pauper into the savage, teenage vagina of solemnitude”

Chester Whelks, Manchester Scenewipe

Each May Day in Salford SFTOC takes “the kind of shows that usually bless the trendier venues in neighbouring Manchester” (Salford is Greater Manchester’s second city – not in a heirachical sense though) and turns the ever-regenerating area into a buzz of music and art. One big day-long creative party, SFTOC brings together a host of promoters from both cities, such as Hey! Manchester, Now Wave, Trash-O-Rama, Wot God Forgot and Mind On Fire, and throws them out to the pubs, cafes and even the churches of Salford’s Chapel Street area.

Miz DeShannon, Skiddle

By the time they’re in full swing, the Rovers Return is rammed, and Trojan Horse play as good a set as I’ve seen them deliver, blasting through ‘Laces and Racists’, ‘Disciplining the Reserve Army’, ‘Mr Engels Says’ and a new tune that they’re calling ‘Bloc Party’ as a working title. Ending the set by throwing his guitar exuberantly at the ceiling and speaker stacks, Nick Duke is finally growing into his role as frontman of one of Manchester’s most promising rock groups, and as always the ‘Horse don’t disappoint.

Alex Lynham, High Voltage

This year’s SFTOC festival sees that elusive guest not immediately associated with previous Bank Holiday Sunday afternoons in the Chapel Street locale; clear skies and sunshine.

Ian Pennington, Now Then Manchester