Sounds From The Other City

May 31, 2013

2013 Review


“Sounds has become one of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent” Music OMH

“Sharply growing into one of the highlights of the Manchester calendar ,Sounds From The Other City festival went off with its usual style, aplomb and general mentalism along the weird and wonderful establishments of Chapel Street” Drowned in Sound

“For just shy of a decade Salford has been providing Manchester with its best music festival” Manchester Wire

“As anyone who has ever attended it will know, Sounds from the Other City is a much-treasured event, an antidote to the bloated corporate music festivals that loom on the horizon at this time of year” The Skinny

“Great festivals are about the experience as a whole, and by entrusting each promoter with complete control over who they book, Sounds From The Other City allows for complete unpredictability and frequent discovery. SFTOC attracts an international line-up, but crucially it also attracts those who spend the rest of the year living around its temporary home too, making it an all-day event that triumphs in invention, discovery and a hearty dose of community spirit” The Quietus

“A much more communal, boundary-free experience than a standard-issue gig” The Line of Best Fit

“An institution amongst the area’s music fans.For almost a decade, it has been bringing cutting-edge musicians to the city to play a plethora of bars, meeting rooms and churches” BBC

“Clashes mean missed sets from many, it’s testament to a very strong line-up for a very enjoyable festival. Roll on 4th May 2014.” This is Fake DIY

AND so here we were, 2013; nearly a whole decade of spending our May Day Bank Holiday partying to the best new sounds from around the globe along the banks of the River Irwell. Things ran late, some things broke and didnt run at all, but all the while the sun shone, the faces smiled and everything went wonderfully wild.

2013 was our biggest turn out to date with the event selling its full capacity out by early evening. There were awesome performances all over the venues from the likes of Deptford Goth, Stealing Sheep, Daedelus, Gramme and Queer’d Science,  more and more impromtu appearances up and down the street from Marching Bands to Steel Drum ensembles, not to even mention the intergalactic interventions taking place in Volkov Commanders ‘Transformation Tent’ and the most unwholesome afterparty ever with Manchester Scenewipe’s Chat Roulette Disco.

The promotors, club nights and collectives that made it happen this year were:

 Hey! Manchester

 Buried Bones

 Red Deer Club

 Comfortable on a Tightrope

 Baptists & Bootleggers


 Fat Out til You Pass Out

 Bad Uncle

 Manchester Scenewipe

 Slip Discs

 Mind on Fire

 This City is Ours

The Volkov Commanders


 Wet Play

 Underachievers Please Try Harder

 Now Wave


The full list of acts that performed on the day; in no particular order:

Rozi Plain, Adrian Crowley, treetop Flyers, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Boats, Bird, Denis Jones, Daedelus, Bing Satellites, A Belied Guaniko, Cheetham/Birchall Duo, Chalaque, Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler, Astral Social Club, The Swamps, Waiters, Occult Hand, Sacred Paws, Edible Arrangements, La La Vasquez, Sea Pinks, Volunteers Park, Stroke Cat, Ill, Gnod, Die Hexen, Laser Dream Eyes, Queer’d Science, Divorce, Champion Lover & Borland, Irma Vep & Douga, The Cosmic Dead & Karl Astbury, Keith Floyd, McLean/Nichols/Quimby, Peter J Taylor Orchestra, Raikes Parade, Run Dust, Druss & Branca, Mike O’Neill, Dwellings, Neil Van Gnod, Paddy Steer, Travelling Band, Pregnant, Rioghnach Connolly, Jarboe, Modern Blonde, Oxbow, D/R/U/G/S, Lavoy, Aaron Parker, Ian Vine, GOVES, Chaines, Tom Rose, Ka/Van, Szare, Rain Dog, Frameworks, Deft, Fingathing, Cogi, OneFiveEight DJS, PYC Sessions, Ghosting Season DJS, Real, BlackSmif, Jason Boardman, Horse Beach, Rhodius, RufDug, Gramme, James Holroyd, Jah Bricks, DJ Al, Samrai & Platt (Swing Ting), DJ Q, Walter Ego, Robert Gordon, Fun Adults, Ofei, G R E A T W A V E S, Bipolar Sunshine, Deptford Goth, Still Corners, Stealing Sheep, Swimming Lessons, Haiku Salut, Songs for Walter, September Girls, Letters to Fiesta, Post War Glamour Girls, Parenthetical Girls, Christopher Anderson, Tombed Visions & Horrid.

All images courtesy of:

Jody Hartley Photography, Magnus Aske Blikeng, Jeremy’s Indie Music & Manchester Scenewipe

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