Sounds From The Other City

March 22, 2018

Special stuff, afterparties and new names added to SFTOC bill


Easter’s approaching, and we haven’t got around to getting any of you any eggs – our apologies, but please accept these wonderful gifts as a replacement. As if the day wasn’t already packed enough, we’re pleased to reveal yet more of our plans for Sunday 6 May on Chapel Street (and, crucially, the plans for the very early morning of Monday 7 May).

First up, we’ve got confirmation of some special stuff that will be bringing the vibes at Sounds.

With BBC Philharmonic back for another unmissable SFTOC collaboration, we’re happy to announce they’ll be down at Salford Cathedral for the day – if you’ve not seen them over the last 3 editions of the festival, you can’t afford to miss a fourth. IMPA TV, who’ve previously held the reins as our artistic directors, are going to be back once again presenting THE BRANNIGANS DANCE PARTY SEANCE – more details to come on that in the next few weeks. We’ve also added Moist Collective to the party, who’ll be taking over GK Cafe to present a day full of of short films as well as popping up with the Moist Queerground Tent featuring special guest artists and performers, queered up fairground fun and punked up sex toys. Find out more on each on our Stages page now.

Oh, and over the coming weeks, we’ll be introducing the characters of SOUNDSTOWN, brought to you by the Transatlantic Trade Partnership: Visual Directors Stina Puotinene and David Bailey. You’ll be able to find all that on their page here. Think of this as more of a teaser than an announcement, natch.

That enough for you? No? Well, we’ve got more yet – saxophonist, producer and singer-songwriter Laura Misch has joined Now Wave’s stage. Her one-woman show fuses jazz and progressive electronic genres by exploring the space between analogue and electronically-manipulated sound: the perfect SFTOC act. Invisible Wind Factory have also brought Jacuzzi aboard the good ship Sounds – a new collective of five musicians who are fixated by the fashion, health benefits and pure enjoyment of sitting in a Hot Tub for hours on end. Unmissable.

We’ve saved the best for last: an entirely new venue, an unmissable afterparty, and some familiar. The Eagle Inn will be taken over for an incredible SFTOC special antics clubnight x NYC indie disco afterparty in conjunction with Sounds hall of famers PINS. antics Clubnight has been throwing alt. parties for almost seven years, including its current monthly residency at Night & Day Cafe – this time them and PINS will be bringing four hours of NYC bangers! Expect Interpol, LCD Soundsystem, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Ramones, Beastie Boys, Animal Collective + more.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from here: and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who has already been confirmed, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.