With the Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial now only just over 10 weeks away (and with the majority of the tickets long since sold – don’t miss out!), we’re happy to reveal this year’s crop of promoters. In this special edition of the festival, we’ve picked 15 promoters to select the creme de la creme for the 15th SFTOC. In amongst it, we’ve got perennial greats such as Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, and Grey Lantern, as well as some old favourites in a Dots & Loops and Lamb & Wolf collaboration Dots & Wolf, some new blood in Partisan, and a big link up with our friends at Bluedot festival who will be making their Sounds debut.
See the full list of SFTOC 2019 promoters below.
Doing the only thing they know how, they will be bringing the best artists from around the UK to Sounds, laying waste to anyone who stands in their way, and having a ruddy bloody good time in the process.
Band on the Wall
Part of Manchester’s thriving musical history and cultural landscape since the 1930’s, with a global reputation for bringing the finest jazz, folk, blues and international music to the city.
The Beauty Witch
Born of a deep passion and belief in Manchester’s thriving underground scene, The Beauty Witch have six years’ worth of experience in wreaking sonic havoc and bringing a diverse array of artists both local and international to the city.
Held annually at Jodrell Bank Observatory, Bluedot is a hugely respected music, science and culture event – combining music, live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks.
Comfortable on a Tightrope
Putting on some of the most memorable Manchester gigs of the past 14 years, Comfortable on a Tightrope thrive on the lo-fi, the fuzzy and the idiosyncratic.
Dots & Wolf
Parts of two all time SFTOC legends (Dots & Loops, Lamb & Wolf) combine to curate part of our Quindecennial programme. Unmissable.
Fat Out venture into the obscure and creative potential of artists both locally and internationally with an aim of discovering new and adventurous music and producing captivating live shows for both artist and audience alike.
Celebrating their seventh visit to Sounds From The Other City in eight years, they’ve previously collaborated on stages with The Quietus, Faux Discx, Wotgodforgot and Drowned In Sound – by this point, they’re practically SFTOC royalty.
Rising from the acid house explosion, and now entering its third decade, Heavenly Recordings is the most exciting its ever been. Home to a disparate crew of rule-breaking musical magic-makers, from the Mark Lanegan and St. Etienne to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and The Orielles, their eclectic roster is united by an outsider status and ability to inspire obsessive fandom.
Hey! Manchester was established in February 2006 and since then have promoted alternative shows that are big and small, and everywhere in between. Only working with artists they’re passionate about and favouring unusual venues – from Victorian observatories and hotel suites to bike shops and steam trains – they are bona-fide Sounds from the Other City veterans.
The purveyors of sounds of the near future come to Sounds from the Other City once again, and they’ll certainly be bringing the best new names around.
Opened in July 2017, Partisan is a space for independent, community led, DIY and cultural based projects in Manchester. As a collective and co-operative, Partisan is democratically owned and managed by the people who work in and use the space.
Although relative newcomers, Strange Days have already carved out a reputation for themselves as taste-makers by debuting acts such as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Nick Waterhouse, The Murlocs and Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever.
Tru Luv was founded by independent promoter and new music journalist Phill Young in 2013. One of the key voices behind Manchester’s rising urban scene, Tru Luv is always looking to find the next big thing – and letting you hear them before anyone else, like when they brought IAMDDB to SFTOC a few years back
Young Identity (YI) is an arts organisation founded by Shirley May and Ali Gadema in Manchester in 2006. YI delivers dynamic poetry and spoken word workshops for young people in art venues such as Contact and HOME and in local communities across Manchester.
Each promoter will be responsible for programming their own corner of the festival across our Regent Trading Estate base. As ever, they’ll deliver the eclectic vibe that is unmistakably Sounds – and we can’t wait to tell you what they’ve got in store.
We’ll be announcing much more in the coming weeks – including our first acts for SFTOC 2019, details of our legendary afterparties, and all the special touches that make Sounds the best day of the year every year. The only thing left is for you to grab your ticket for our Quindecennial celebration – at the current rate, they’ll be all gone long before the big day, Sunday 5 May. Grabs yours exclusively from Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/