Sounds From The Other City

February 6, 2020

First wave of acts announced for SFTOC 2020

Last week we announced our our first raft of promoters and venues who’ll be marking our return to Chapel Street – and now we’re pleased to reveal our opening wave of artists who’ll be performing at Sounds from the Other City 2020.

Having last played the festival back in 2013, we’re honoured to be welcoming SFTOC legends STEALING SHEEP back to Salford, as they play the spectacular St Philip’s Church for Heavenly Recordings x Strange Days – who’ve also booked the incredibly fitting STRAWBERRY GUY

Other returning alumni include COWTOWN (who first played the festival way back in 2008), GROTBAGS (both bands playing for Bad Uncle at the Old Pint Pot), HANDLE, HOUSEWIVES (starring for Fat Out x Alphaville in Unit 2, Regents Trading Estate – who’ve also chosen newcomers HILARY & THE HATE CRIMES), and DJs KISS ME AGAIN, CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING (lending a hand to Good Afternoon at The New Oxford), and ALL HANDS ON DECK (spinning for Partisan Collective, alongside FATTY ACID CABARET at Regents Trading Estate bar).

We’ve got plenty of new names alongside those fan favourites, too: over at the Kings Arms, Hey! Manchester have done their usual magic to book Melbourne’s GOOD MORNING, Spanish artist NURIA GRAHAM, and Ireland’s own AOIFE NESSA FRANCES, bringing international flavour to the festival, and all the brilliant, caring song craft that you’d expect from their stage.

Grey Lantern never fail, and have this year selected HOLODRUM (featuring members of Cowtown, Virginia Wing, Drahla, Nope, Mucky Sailor, VIDE0 and Xam Duo) and former Cabaret Voltaire frontman STEPHEN MALLINDER as their first two acts to be announced – you can see them over at Regents Trading Estate Unit 3. Around the corner at Unit 4 you’ll find solo drummer, musical director, bandleader and songwriter EMANUEL J BURTON, and South London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist WU-LU, selected by Band on the Wall x NIAMOS.

The Beauty Witch are residing upstairs at The Old Pint Pot for 2020, with HARPOON (“warped, broken, polyrhythmic techno, doomy drone-squall, music concrete textures wrenched from drum machines and FX pedals”) and WARREN SCHOENBRIGHT (“landing somewhere between heavy metal, ambient, prog rock, and experimental improvisation… powerful and concise”) their opening couple of names. Just down the road, Me Gusta x Regal Disco will be welcoming LA PRESIDENTA, who’ll be bringing the party to Bexley Square, while elsewhere we’re pleased to be welcoming two of of Manchester’s most exciting new bands; ORGANIC ZIP will be making the Salford Arms their own with ex-D.U.D.S and Spengler members HUMINT, who’ve both been handpicked by The Singing Box x Do Your Best Records

If they’re on Spotify, they’re on our official SFTOC Spotify playlist: listen and subscribe by clicking here.

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.


News on promoters, venues, performers, artists, and after-parties will be announced in the new year – this is going to be our biggest and best SFTOC yet.

You can watch highlights from SFTOC 2019 below.