Well, we’re almost there: the best day of the year is tomorrow. We know your heart is ready, but there are some last minute essentials that will help you get the most out of our Quindecennial celebration. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day itself – we’ll see you at Regents Trading Estate tomorrow.
ENTRANCE & WRISTBAND EXCHANGE
Opens at 2pm – Last entry at 9pm.
Wristband exchange takes place at the entrance to the festival site on Oldfield Road. For sat nav purposes the nearest point of reference is Mr Cook, 1 Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Rd, Manchester M5 4DE.
Please download or print out your tickets to help speed up the entrance process. Early on, there will likely be queues at the entrance which we will endeavour to move through as quickly as possible – so if you want to see the opening acts, including the one-off BBC Philharmonic x Young Identity show at 2.45pm, we advise arriving early. There will be NO TICKETS available on the day: resale is available through Skiddle at face value here: https://skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ Please be aware that scammers selling false/non-existent tickets has been on the rise on social media in recent years for all events, and we strongly advise against buying tickets through any means other than Skiddle – doing so through any other platforms puts yourself at the risk. Find out more about resale here: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/2019/04/30/sounds-from-the-other-city-quindecennial-tickets-are-sold-out/
We strongly advise bringing cash on the day. Due to limited facilities on site, all of the bars will be CASH ONLY. There is no cash machine at Regent Trading Estate but there are nearby ATMs at the Co-Op (closes 10pm), Costcutter, Sainsburys and some local newsagents. Be warned that ATMs in the local area often end up with large queues and a shortage of available funds – so bringing cash on your way to the festival is advised.
There will be bag and wand checks at the site entrance, therefore we request that bag size is kept to a minimum in order to reduce delays.
As we’re on an enclosed site for this event there are some items that we can’t allow through the entrance: please don’t bring food or drink into the festival, there will be a great selection of food stalls and bars to take advantage of (see below). No controlled substances please. No glass, cans or metal containers. Nothing that could be explosive, flammable or is likely to be used as a weapon.
FOOD & DRINK
There are four food vendors at Regent Trading Estate: Honest Crust pizzas, Dim Sum Su, Seitan’s Kebabs and Diamond Dogs hot dogs. We are operating a 50% veggie/vegan menu across the site. All of our bars will be serving a choice of award-winning Magic Rock craft beers (all vegan) plus Swansong Coffee will be offering a selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Find out more here.
Unfortunately dogs (other than assistance dogs) and all other pets are not permitted at this year’s festival as we feel we are unable to offer a suitable environment for the welfare of our animal friends at Regent Trading Estate.
Once you have collected your wristband you are free to come in and out of the festival site at Regent Trading Estate at any time. Please note however that you will have to undertake a bag search each time you enter the site and there will be no fast-track queue for wristband holders which may mean another wait at peak times. We’re also a fringe event at The Eagle Inn, which you can find out more about here: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/2019/05/01/sftoc-fringe-event-vam-street-party/
SITE CONDITIONS & ACCESSIBILITY
Regent Trading Estate is relatively flat and on one level, but due to its nature the terrain is rough and uneven in places – please wear appropriate footwear. The area is wheelchair accessible and there are seating areas around the site. If you have accessibility requirements and have any specific questions please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entry to all stages are subject to capacity. If our security team advise you that the venue is at full capacity they will employ a one-in one-out policy for your safety so please be patient with them.
If you want to plan your day, a clashfinder is available via our website – you can find it here. There will also be programmes available at the Entrance gate which will include stage times so make sure you pick one up. Line-ups and running times are all subject to change – you can listen to our official Spotify playlist to get yourself in the mood here.
Our official afterparties take place from 10-4am at YES and 11-5am at The Pint Pot. SFTOC wristband holders will have priority entry, subject to venue capacity.
Read all about them here: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/2019/04/26/9-days-til-sftoc-afterparty-run-down/
We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Quindecennial celebration!