Back for 2020, back on Chapel Street – and now we can reveal the first batch of promoters and venues who are going to shape the Sounds from the Other vibe for this year, with more announcements – from artists to afterparties – coming in the next couple of weeks. We’re also pleased to give a first look at our poster, lovingly crafted – as ever – by the brilliant David Bailey, with a fruity twist as we enter the new decade. Great, isn’t it?
A return to Chapel Street wouldn’t be worth the name without certain spaces, so we’re pleased as punch to be heading back to The Old Pint Pot, with psych specialists The Beauty Witch taking the upstairs, and DIY promoters extraordinaire Bad Uncle & friends taking up residence in the downstairs bar. St Philip’s Church is an iconic SFTOC venue, and the keys are being handed over to two of the best: Heavenly Recordings will be programming alongside Strange Days – expect something special, befitting the spectacular space.
Towards the other end of Chapel Street, SFTOC legends Hey! Manchester will be making iconic pub The Kings Arms venue space their own, with Pen:Chant hosting the studio space, while just around the corner at The Salford Arms fellow newcomers The Singing Box and Do Your Best Records will welcome in the return to another classic Salford boozer.
In the middle, Bexley Square will become a party hub once again, with Me Gusta and Regal Disco making the Sounds marquee their home, with perennial festival favourite Good Afternoon returning to their spiritual sanctuary of The New Oxford. SFTOC 2020 also sees the School of Electronic Music make their return, as they present a selection of some of their favourite acts – always a festival favourite.
After holding the fort with our Quindecennial last year, Regents Trading Estate is back as a hub for SFTOC 2020, with collaborations between SFTOC promoters legendary and latest to the team: Unit 2 with see Fat Out pick alongside Alphaville; Unit 3 is a joint venture between Grey Lantern and Them There Records; Unit 4 will see Band on the Wall sharing with NIAMOS. We’re super excited for them all, as well as our friends Partisan Collective making the bar space their own, too.
We’ll be announcing the first raft of names playing the festival this time next week, while we’ve got plenty of big surprises up our sleeves with more venues, more promoters, and more of the stuff that makes Sounds great still be revealed. It is going to be the best SFTOC ever, no doubt.
Our second release of tickets are now available through Skiddle (or purchase below), while physical tickets have also made a return – pick yours up, from Saturday 1st February, at Piccadilly Records (includes booking fee), or Siop Shop if you’re in Manchester city centre; Grapefruit in Sale; Font Bar in Chorlton; Wilderness Records in Withington; or the Kings Arms, and the University of Salford Students Union right here in sunny Salford.
To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Sounds From the Other City 2020 tickets from Skiddle.