Sounds From The Other City

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.

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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