Sounds From The Other City

February 18, 2020

BEAK>, Gruff Rhys, Planningtorock, Self Esteem, BBC Philharmonic and more added to SFTOC line-up


Following our first wave of announcements last week, we’re pleased to announce more promotersmore venues, and a second wave of acts playing our return to Chapel Street for Sounds from the Other City 2020.

Salford University is one of the other city’s proudest institutions, and we’re honoured that they’re becoming part of SoundsTown once again, temporarily handing over the keys to two SFTOC programming legends. The inimitable Peel Hall has been a stage at past events and, in what are already performances that are integral to the festival, BBC PHILHARMONIC return for another once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, this time presenting a live performance for BBC Radio 3’s UNCLASSIFIED as they collaborate with experimental Japanese artist HATIS NOIT and South African cellist ABEL SELACOE in what might be their most ambitious project for the festival yet.

Salford University’s 1,000 capacity Maxwell Hall makes its debut in 2020, and we’ve put some of the best minds in Manchester to work on booking the best acts around for such a special venue. NOW WAVE are teaming up with their venue sibling YES to take over a unique stage – and they’ve booked some big hitters with the finest Sounds vibes you’ll ever find. Formerly of the Super Furry Animals, and a Welsh music legend across the various strands of his supreme career, GRUFF RHYS is coming to Salford, and, described by the Quietus as “the musical equivalent of the unrecognisable scream in the forest, the sense of being watched, the catching of something (or someone) in the corner in your eye that disappears when you turn around,” BEAK> come to Chapel Street – we can’t wait. There’s also to be a reunion with friend of the festival and musical polyglot Jam Rostron, aka PLANNINGTOROCKand the oversized pop of former Slow Club member Rebecca Taylor’s spectacular SELF ESTEEM will also grace the stage. There will also be an orchestral spin on things too, as the super adventerous MANCHESTER CAMERATA perform minimalist composer Terry Riley’s “In C”, and there will be a DJ set from legendary Twisted Nerve / Finders Keepers founder ANDY VOTEL.

Just off Chapel Street, we’ve got two SFTOC stalwarts curating entirely new spaces. We’re pleased to announce a partnership with SEVEN BRO7HERS brewery, fellow dwellers of the Other City, as their bar at Middlewood Locks M5 is given up to Tru Luv, who will be curating their usual of the freshest acts around: the first two names out are Nottingham rapper SNOWY – tipped for the top by Complex, Mixmag, and Crack Magazine amongst others – and the Gilles Peterson endorsed grooves of upcoming neo-soul star MALI HAYES. Just around the corner, we’ve asked REFORM RADIO to hit us with their best, and they’re yet to let us down: bringing the vibe in their marquee will be Mancunian footwork DJs JUKE JOINT, and the otherworldly vibes of record spinner MARACUYA.

We’ve got more names coming super soon too, with the full line-up just on the horizon – get your tickets below while you still can.

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.