Salford’s celebration of new music, art and performance SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY took place on Bank Holiday Sunday 30 April, 2017. Below is the full line up of acts who performed at the festival’s 13th edition.
SFTOC showcases the best in new and forward-thinking music across multiple stages (2016 saw 17 stages). Over the last 12 years, the Festival has seen early career performances from an eclectic array of artists from Alt-J to Lapalux, the Ting Tings to Jane Weaver, Go Go Penguin and Sampha and has been covered by the Guardian, the New York Daily Post, the NME, the Independent and more.
Tickets for 2017 sold out so we advise you to purchase early for 2018 to avoid disappointment.
Selecting the acts at 2017’s festival were: SFTOC Stalwarts Bad Uncle, Now Wave, Hey! Manchester & Grey Lantern along with the long awaited return of Comfortable on a Tightrope. The Beauty Witch, Fat Out & Paradox, TOPP, Tru Luv, Night Fantasy, Sacred Tapes, Good Afternoon and NTS all return, comedy superstars Shambodie join forces with Ping Pong Club. We introduce for the first time; upstarts Family Tree, spoken word and slam specialists Young Identity, Manchester legends Aficionado and Hebden Bridge’s finest in Inkfolk, and finally are pleased to bring back Heavenly Recordings and Manchester Midi School.
NOW WAVE @ UNIT 5 REGENT TRADING ESTATE
Returning to Regent Trading Estate, Manchester’s purveyors of new music Now Wave took over the whole warehouse, with a line up some of the freshest sounds around.
GREY LANTERN @ CAUSTIC COASTAL, UNIT 2, REGENT TRADING ESTATE
Celebrating their fifth visit to Sounds From The Other City in six years, Grey Lantern went it alone for the first time following previous collaborations with The Quietus, Faux Discx, Wotgodforgot and Drowned In Sound. A packed out day all day in the 2nd of our Regents Trading Estate Spaces.
BAD UNCLE @ THE EGERTON ARMS
self proclaimed king of the Manchester DIY scene Bad Uncle returned for their 8th SFTOC appearance. Having programmed a huge variety of styles and disciplines over the years Bad Uncle went back to what he does best getting drunk and showcasing some of the best live music the UK has to offer.
HEY! MANCHESTER @ ST PHILIPS CHURCH
Hey! Manchester returned to SFTOC for another year at St Philips Church, the two joined hand in hand for a 4th time with this lot.
HEAVENLY RECORDINGS @ THE OLD PINT POT (upstairs)
Since celebrating their 25th birthday two years ago the current label roster is at it’s strongest and most international – yet, with the likes of Temples, Gwenno, Wytches, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Night Beats, The Parrots and Stealing Sheep to name a few. For their 3rd visit to the festical they brought a superb line-up:
THE WONDERFUL SOUND OF AFICIONADO @ ISLINGTON MILL
Heading up Islington Mill was the dream team combination of Manchester based label, Aficionado and the London-based Wonderfulsound.
+ DJs Miles Copeland, Moonboots & Jason Boardman
THE WHITE HOTEL PRESENTS: 2000AD
@ THE KINGS ARMS
By Austin Collings
A work of fragmented and demented musical-theatre. Sci-Fi Salford. We couldn’t even begin to tell the whole story by listing some names…
FAMILY TREE @ THE ANGEL CENTRE
in loving memory of STINGER
Family Tree hosted their swansong and what proved to be a bittersweet but wholly raucous tribute to Harry ‘Stinger’ Sievey.
THE BEAUTY WITCH @ THE CRESCENT
The Beauty Witch brought a mesmerising array of acts from all over the country to The Crescent on the 30th April.
TRU LUV @ BEXLEY SQ TENT
Tru Luv delivered in big style once again in their aim to share and promote the artists they love via writing, digital releases and live events. A stellar bill of Manchester’s finest.
NTS @ ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY SPACE
Live sets and DJs included:
EASTERN BLOC RECORDS @ DELI LAMA
Cultural icon and stalwart of the Manchester music scene, Eastern Bloc hosted the Deli Lama cafe with the residents Means&3rd, Kerrie, Akaram & Black Eyes crossing the spectrum from ambient, hip hop, funk, jazz , world to disco and house.
GOOD AFTERNOON present THE LOVE CAVE @ THE NEW OXFORD
Good Afternoon raised their flag and declared independence with a new disco republic new disco republic within the confines of the New Oxford. Joined by founding fathers SLAG HEAP DISCO and KISS ME AGAIN, they laid down a day of (inter)national anthems and bangers without borders.
COMFORTABLE ON A TIGHTROPE @ UNITED REFORMED CHURCH
SFTOC stalwarts returned with a stripped back stage at one of our early years venues , United Reformed Church.
SHAMBODIE & PING PONG CLUB @ THE SALFORD ARMS
A day of wild and off beat comedy with a night of Ping Pong dancing at the Salford Arms
TOPP PRESENT @ THE OLD PINT POT (downstairs)
FAT OUT & PARADOX PIZZA PARTY @ VERO
Fat Out & Paradox’s presented their Pizza Party at Vero Moderno. Music from the Satanic Titanic plus spoken word, cabaret karaoke and disco dancing
SACRED TAPES @ THE ENGINE HOUSE
Experimental, abstract, electronic music from the roster of Sacred Tapes artists.
YOUNG IDENTITY @ POP UP PERFORMANCES
Young Identity popped all over the place with memorable spoken word performances
MIDI SCHOOL @ BEXLEY SQ BEER TENT
DJs and live acts from the Midi School roster.
+ Ged Tucker
INKFOLK @ ISLINGTON MILL
NIGHT FANTASY @ THE OLD PINT POT (upstairs)
SWING TING & HOT MILK @ ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY SPACE
Around the site there were special one off events:
SAMARBETA PRESENTS BBC PHILHARMONIC ENSEMBLE X EX EASTER ISLAND HEAD X LAURA CANNELL
Sounds From the Other City (SFTOC) & Samarbeta completed the final part of the trilogy between Liverpool based trio Ex Easter Island Head (EEIH) and the BBC Philharmonic.
In the past two years at SFTOC the trio have composed 2 brand new pieces of music and performed them alongside an ensemble of the BBC Philharmonic, including a harpist, trumpeter, string duos and a double bass in both Vimto Gardens & Salford Cathedral.
2017 saw the trio join forces with musician Laura Cannell and a new selection of musicians from the BBC Philharmonic, including a multi-wind pipe instrumentalist, a trumpeter and two violin players.
You can listen to a small excerpt from 2015’s composition below:
Alongside that there was a full-site takeover called
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN
We are in the age of illusion.
The Mental Ghetto Of Modernity.
Your Heroes are Gone.
Reptilians rule the world.
On this, the 13th year of Sounds From The Other City
ALL WILL CULMINATE.
All is not lost.
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN is here to offer you the protection you need.
SOUND OF THE NEW DAWN hold the keys to your fulfilment.
Walk with us into the future!
join the congregation
may all beings awaken.
You had to be there……
I’M STICKING WITH YOU
In celebration of Sounds From the Other City’s 13th year, EC Davies presented participatory event ‘I’m Sticking With You.’
Players were filmed throwing giant dice whilst wearing colourful love heart balaclavas. Producing a winning combination ’13’ provided a chance to win pairs of limited edition love dolls.
Dice throwing actions will be projected live and later at donthinklove.com.
This action is part of Davies’ series ‘Press Play and Record’, funded by Arts Council England.
REFORM RADIO & ONEFIVEEIGHT @ REGENTS TRADING ESTATE
An all day party in a massive car park with artists and DJs from the OneFiveEight roster and Reform Radio. This was dead good fun
CAUSTIC COASTAL @ UNIT 2 REGENTS TRADING ESTATE