Sounds From The Other City


“A celebration of Independence – ***** (5 Stars)”
– The Independent

In 2004 the idea of ‘Sounds from the Other City’ was born, with the intention to do two simple things.

Firstly, to celebrate and foreground the work of independent promoters in Salford and Manchester, shining a light on the people who work tirelessly to bring new music and artists to public attention, often with little recognition of that invaluable role they play.

Secondly, to draw attention to the off-kilter beauty of Salford, the often overlooked ‘other city’ to Manchester, through embedding live music and art everywhere, from the Doctors surgery to Churches, Pubs and Community centres.

And out of these roots has grown this curiosity of a festival, one that is co-designed by our fellow promotors and audience and has become synonymous with its community, ultimately becoming a celebration of the most exciting emerging names in music.

“Sounds has become one of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent
– Music OMH

Over the years we’ve hosted early-day performances from artists as diverse as James Ferraro, Alt-J, Go-Go Penguin right through to 2017’s Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha and 2018 BBC Sound of 2018 nominee IAMDDB. 

Our 14th edition sees us welcome 24 promoters, collectives and platforms, each one of them representing their own personal slice of what the world of music and performance looks and feels like in 2018.

Remember that the real star of the show is the fabled Sounds atmosphere. And that’s made by you. So abandon any previous plans and get yourself down to Chapel St on the May Day Bank Holiday. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

“Sounds from the Other City is a much-treasured event, an antidote to the bloated corporate music festivals that loom on the horizon at this time of year”
– The Skinny