Sounds From The Other City

February 6, 2017

First names announced for SFTOC 2017

Now the countdown to April 30th can truly begin – today, we’re happy to reveal the first raft of names that will be playing this year’s Sounds from the Other City festival. 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, while shining a spotlight on under-the-radar scenes – and this year’s edition already looks like it may be the biggest celebration of these ideals yet.

The full list of names can be found over on our line-up page here, and you can listen to some of the acts announce on a Spotify playlist here.

Some highlights include white-hot three-piece HMLTD, described by NME ‘something genuinely different’, exotic psychedelia from Flamingods, Goat Girl (‘rebuilding London’s indie scene’ – The Guardian), Dutch solo artist Annelotte de Graaf aka Heavenly Records’ Amber Arcades, ethereal New Zealand beats from RBMA graduate Fazerdaze and Sleazy F Baby’s richly textured hip hop.

There will be a NTS radio live broadcast throughout the festival, hosted by their acclaimed roster of DJs, plus Samarbeta present a unique showcase by BBC Philharmonic. Taking place at Salford Cathedral, this is the final installment of a trilogy of performances between the orchestra and alternative contemporary ensemble Ex Easter Island Head who will be joined by double recorder and fiddle performer and composer Laura Cannell, for a special promenade performance.

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As previously announced, selecting the acts this year are SFTOC Stalwarts Bad Uncle, Now Wave, Hey! Manchester & Grey Lantern along with the long awaited return of Comfortable on a Tightrope. The Beauty Witch, TOPP, Tru Luv, Night Fantasy, Good Afternoon and NTS all return, comedy superstars Shambodie join forces with Ping Pong Club. We introduce for the first time; upstarts Family Tree, spoken word and slam specialists Young Identity, Manchester legends Aficionado and Hebden Bridge’s finest in Inkfolk, and finally are pleased to bring back Heavenly Records and Manchester Midi School.