Sounds From The Other City

April 30, 2018

6 DAYS TO GO | BIMM x Top of the Hill x Ella Henry at Le Cassis for SFTOC

Photo by Piran Aston

With 6 days to go until Sounds from the Otehr City, we’re happy to be able to add yet more names to the bill – this time in the form of a BIMM stage being held at Le Cassis. We’ll let them take it up from here:

BIMM Manchester are thrilled to have a stage at SFTOC this year! In order to showcase some of our up and coming artists we have teamed up with our awesome student promoters and production team to put together an exciting program of acoustic acts and DJ’s at Le Cassis (Unit 3, Vimto Gardens, Chapel Street, Salford M3 5JF). Find out all about them below.

Top of the Hill showcase a variety of genres, ranging from folk to heavy rock bands with all that comes in between! Founding members Brogan Main and Jenna Gamble launched the company in 2017 after realising their joint love of live music and have since worked with several touring bands and local acts, put gigs on in both Manchester and Liverpool and run stages at local festivals, allowing them to create a platform in Manchester for artists all over the UK. Check out TOTH here:

Ever since discovering a love for festivals and dance music, Ella Henry has fully immersed herself in her Event Management career in Manchester, getting involved with the club scene and developing her skills across a range of events including stage management at Beatherder festival and as a Club Promotions intern at Mission Mars. She has even put on her own very successful club night, Wave, which debuted at Soup Kitchen, cementing her passion for the club scene in Manchester.

Finally, overseeing the stage for the day is our Production Manager, Adam Pyzer, who joined BIMM this year to gain further experience of live sound. Since joining us, he’s supported our End of Term gigs, learnt to DJ and put on his own events leading him to senior production roles at SFTOC and other popular Manchester festivals and BIMM events.

BIMM, The British and Irish Modern Music Institute, is the largest and leading provider of contemporary music education in Europe. Our eight colleges in London, Berlin, Dublin, Manchester, Bristol, Birmingham, Hamburg and Brighton provide students with the benefit of accessing the local music industry and the global employment opportunities that are unique to BIMM. Find out more here:

Sounds tickets have sold faster than ever before – get yours from here: and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records. They’re gonna be all gone within the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

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 is playing, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.


Abbie Ozard
British singer/songwriter, Abbie Ozard, has been writing music in the small market town of Nantwich since the tender age of 14. Being inspired by the likes of Daughter, Marika Hackman, Billie Eilish and many more, she has been able to mould her own unique alternative pop sound. Abbie’s newly released single, ‘Average Disguise’ has been a long and well thought out process and has allowed her to find her own sound and grow as an artist.

Sugar is a four piece electronic pop band based in Manchester, UK. It began as a solo project and is developing everyday with an eclectic mix of tastes and styles and a main focus on making catchy and futuristic pop music.

Blending a mix of alternative rock/pop with the roots of folk, mixed with a hints of many other influential genres, Solis creates a sound you won’t be forgetting any time soon. Expect ethereal vocals, effortless harmonies and grooves to make you think twice about your favourite song.

Different Oceans
A 3-piece alternative band from Scunthorpe currently based in Manchester, England.

Gathering of Strangers
Based in Manchester, five strangers are linked by familiarity. Their sound fuses psychedelic bluesy rock n roll with melancholic ambience. Their anthemic songs scream passion while they showcase concise arrangement and intense live performances. A sound that would wear velvet – Strangers gather to fashion a storm and in this weather their meaning is born.

Ella Henry

GOUX is a 22 year old Singer, Songwriter, Producer and DJ based in Manchester. After spending the past year being locked away in her bedroom, working with different synthesizers and drum machines, GOUX is finally releasing her first self-titled EP! GOUX is heavily inspired by the 80s, Balearic House and French Electro sound which comes across in her DJ sets and previous singles. Find GOUX on all major platforms now!

Yesterday’s Jam-
Focusing on an eclectic blend of music ranging from Brazilian disco to the house music of Chicago, I try and always keep things more fun than serious. The only thing I care about when I’m playing music is that the people I’m playing to are enjoying themselves.

Joe Roberts (Modulus) began DJing at the age of 16 as well as educating himself on producing house and techno shortly after. In 2015 he made the decision to move to Manchester which has in turn resulted in various bookings across the city as well as being part of the lo-fi house collective ‘Wave’.