Sounds From The Other City

April 26, 2019

9 DAYS TIL SFTOC | Afterparty run-down

Everyone loves the day time at Sounds – hanging with friends you may not have seen for a while, seeing bands in strange places, getting some primo pics for Instagram, all of that. The evening is naturally great too: perhaps you’re a few drinks in, and starting to dance a little free-er; you’ve bumped into a couple of more pals, eaten some wonderful vegan street food. Even so, it is after midnight when true SFTOC legends are made – and our afterparties themselves are the stuff of folklore. With this being a special, condensed edition of the festival, we’ve picked the cream of the crop to see you going until sun up. With only NINE DAYS TO GO until Sounds, we’re taking a look at how you’ll see out the day. We’ve split it across two venues and six floors, meaning there’s something for everyone – we can’t wait to share the dancefloor with you.

Tickets are going ridiculously fast – if you want to join in on the party, get yours now from Skiddle. We’re likely to sell out very soon, so don’t miss out:


11pm – 5am

A classic SFTOC party haunt, there have been a million memories made (and most of them forgotten in the SFTOC fog) at the Pint Pot. Just around the corner from our hub of Regent’s Trading Estate, this is going to be a busy one – especially given who we’ve got on. Newcomers ME GUSTA take the upstairs, while Thirsty Girls are back at Sounds after their Homerpalooza extravaganza last year.


Me Gusta is a multicultural collective based in Manchester UK. Through music, dance, unity and gathered ideas they’ve formed a team that began to harness their own interests and backgrounds to create a platform for all elements of traditional or modern day cultures. Originating from Togo, Ecuador, Kenya, Bermuda, France, Norway and The United Kingdom they have harmonised through music to do something quite special.

Throughout a 3 year journey they’ve worked with multiple projects, platforms, artists and influential people including Limbo Radio, MCR Live , Reform Radio, Hidden, Deaf Institute, Joshua Brooks, Night & Day Cafe alongside wonderful musicians such as Afriquoi, Daniel Haaksman, The Busy Twist, El Búho, Donna Leake, Cervo, Tash LC, SNO, Mukambo, Dj Lilocox, Joaquin Cornejo and many more.

The collective holds a primary aim towards constant activity within Manchester’s community and abroad with their most recent booking at the Bonnefooi Club based in Brussels – diving into unknown, rare and unorthodox sounds for ears of all kinds. Many progressions that are gathered involve blending, producing and sharing musical diaspora from around the world with DJ sets and live elements. The crews regular collaborator Adama Kande is a Senegalese master djembe drummer and never fails to accentuate this.

Experience bespoke, unearthed and raw-like sounds stemming from Afro-Latin, European and Middle Eastern music styles capturing traditional and new age rhythms all under one roof, united, expressive and free.


Thirsty Girls are back with another SFTOC afterparty! After last year’s packed Homerpalooza party, this year they’re bringing all things trashy and boujie to The Old Pint Pot. Stella Bourgeois is the champagne lifestyle on a Lambrini budget. Think Playboy parties, Jodie Marsh’s belt outfits, ball gowns and cheap trainers, Lily Allen’s New Look line, Britney and Justin’s matching denim outfits, Jane Norman bags, pre-payday partying, chips and no shoes at the end of the night, all fur coat and no knickers, serving Liz McDonald looks. Clubs with carpets and foam parties. An orange VK served in a champagne flute. The entire Flithy Gorgeous music video. Thirsty Girls live for it. As usual we’ll have our troupe of drag queens in tow performing throughout the night, helping you end Sounds From The Other City in style. Garish, glittering style.

Expect 00s pop, rnb, grime. We’ll be spinning Sugababes / J-Lo / Daphne & Celeste / TLC / Mis-Teeq / CSS / Fergie / Chicks On Speed / Destiny’s Child / DJ Sammy / Paris Hilton / Atomic Kitten / Kelis / Sophie Ellis Bextor / Missy Elliott / Girls Aloud / Amy Winehouse / Eve / Billie Piper / Christina Aguilera / Liberty X / Lady Sovereign / Gossip / T.A.T.U / Lily Allen / Pussycat Dolls / Holly Valance / Janet Jackson / Princess Superstar / Ashanti / Ms Dynamite / So Solid Crew / Estelle / Scissor Sisters / Goldfrapp


11pm – 4am

Perhaps the best new venue in the country, and run by SFTOC legends Now Wave, we had to have a party at YES – even if it is slightly outside the usual Sounds boundaries. Over 4 floors, we’ve got the creme de la creme of party nights. As well as a few dream collabs, we’ve got returning heroes and all sorts of the weird stuff that makes SFTOC after-parties the best around.


Presiding over the after party mischief at YES are utopian party starters High Hoops collaborating with So Flute to bring you an afterparty in the YES pink room you won’t forget!

Championing both rising stars and seasoned heads, they’ve established a solid reputation for a music policy as diverse as the line up behind the decks. Expect a hedonistic blend of world disco, psychedelic house, acid, electro jams and everything in between.

So Flute have been on the SFTOC wish list for many years now so we are beyond excited that for the 15th edition of our festival they will be collaborating with High Hoops to bring the party to the YES pink room.

So Flute are a club Night born out of Manchester. In a city that spawned multi-genre nights such as Electric Chair or Friends And Family, So Flute nights are built around hip-hop DJ techniques to join the dots between soul, funk, rap, reggae and Afrobeat.

So Flute have an impressive resumé of previous bookings which includes Gilles Peterson, Floating Points, Marcellus Pittman, Andres, Alexander Nut, Andrew Ashong, & more.


Kiss Me Again is the trio of Matthew, Antoin and David who run a monthly LGBT+ clubnight at Soup Kitchen. Setting out to bring party sounds from all across the spectrum, they’ll be joined on the night by supreme local selector Annabel Fraser. Guaranteed good vibes. Their monthly event at Soup Kitchen is always a sell out party so we are very excited to bring Kiss Me Again to the YES basement as part of the SFTOC after party takeover.

Resident Advisor on Annabel Fraser: As a well respected mainstay in the dance music scene, Annabel Fraser has built up a solid reputation as one of Manchesters finest selectors through her regular genre-spanning shows on NTS Radio, previous residencies at Soup Kitchen and Hidden and now underground hub The White Hotel in Salford, and a string of shows throughout the UK and Europe.


After the success of their after party at The Kings Arms last year we are excited to be inviting Regal Disco back to curate the after party in the YES bar. Regal Disco wouldn’t be the same without their magnificent resident DJs Lowell ‘Out of Quiet’ AKA L BOOGIE and Sunny Wray. Out Of Quiet alias of DJ, Lowell Walbank, whose weekly excursions on Reform Radio celebrate sounds from around the world and across the spectrum. After years DJing together as part of the Mind On Fire Collective, he’s reunited once again with fellow Mind On Fire selector Sunny Wray, who will be bringing us some Caliente beats from Barcelona.

Miss Puerto Rico is bringing you some Latina fire! You know her from her amazing Reform Radio show and she’s been behind the decks with us before and at last year’s SFTOC. She knows what makes you wanna move your body all night and she has killer fan skills!

Also playing the sexy duo King Bongo, Djs Bingo Bingo and Bobbyganoush. Bingo Bingo is part of the well known one five-eight crew, he’s the co-presenter of their bi-weekly show on Reform Radio. An absolute gem of a show. He also used to DJ at Herbal Sessions. Bobbyganoush is a massive music passionate and will know how to make you wanna shake what you’ve got.

CONCEPT: Tropical dream catcher all over the club and balloons as well as confetti guns and glitter face paint.