Sounds From The Other City

January 26, 2018

First names announced for SFTOC 2018

Ahead of our full line-up announcement in the coming weeks, we’re happy to be able to whet your whistle with the first raft of names for Sounds from the Other City 2018 – as well as revealing exactly which venues will be hosting this year’s party along Chapel Street. Handpicked by our team of the region’s best promoters, Sounds has always acted as a unique glimpse into what the future of music should sound like, past editions have included 2017 Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee IAMDDB, whilst continually shining a spotlight on under-the-radar scenes – and this year looks like it will be taking that ethos to the next level.

The full list of names can be found over on our line-up page here, and you can listen to some of the acts announced on a Spotify playlist here.

Some highlights of this initial taster of the full bill include the legendary Pete Kember aka Sonic Boom playing under his Spectrum moniker the singular punk of Ed Schrader’s Music Beat,  one of the UK’s finest songwriters Barbarossa, producer/DJ wunderkind Kxngs, 6 Music favourites Boy Azooga and Manchester 8-piece Lychee who feature LayFullStop, Blind MIC, and Mayo Du Zulu among their ranks. And we also welcome some box fresh new sounds from the chilled out guitar fuzz of 20 year-old Amsterdamer Pip Blom, teenager Suzi Wu’s future sounds of Londonand a must see in the form of Bolton biro basher, and radio 1 favourite,  Chrystal. 

For our venues we’ve got the usual mix of old favourite haunts (The Kings ArmsOld Pint PotSt Philip’s ChurchThe Angel Centre among others), late comers that have already become part of the furniture (Regent Trading EstateEgerton Arms, The School of Electronic Music – formerly MIDI School – et al), and some new locations that we can’t wait for you to see – with Five Four Studio & Hot Bed Press both getting involved in SFTOC for the first time. They’re going to feel like home the moment you step in there, we promise. See the full stage line-up, along with details on which promoter will be where, on our stages page here.

Tickets are selling faster than ever before – get yours from here:

As previously announced, we’ve got Manchester’s best promoters – from Now Wave to Grey Lantern, from Hey! Manchester to Strange Days, from Fat Out to Tru Luv – picking the stages once more in 2018, as well as having some tastemakers from further afield (hello, Invisible Wind Factory!) and the likes of BBC Philharmonic on board again for a special new project. See our previous announcement here.

Much, much more to be announced in coming weeks, keep checking back for more

December 15, 2017


The road to the best day of your year starts here – SAVE THE DATE – Bank Holiday Sunday May 6th……

AND we’re pleased to be able to reveal our first raft of promoters who will be bringing the Sounds to the Other City in 2018. Marking our 14th annual celebration of new music and performance on Chapel Street, this year’s line-up of selectors includes old favourites, cult classics, and some new blood – all in keeping with the usual otherworldly feeling that makes the early May bank holiday in Salford so special.

From those firm favourites, we’re proud to have Now WaveHey! ManchesterGrey LanternComfortable on a Tightrope, Fat Out & friends, and Bad Uncle all involved once again – each has played an enormous role in shaping SFTOC into what it is today. Heavenly Recordings, Good Afternoon, BBC Philharmonic, IMPA TV, The Beauty Witch, and Market (formerly T’OPP Collective) are back aboard too, with each having made a huge impact on the festival in recent years, alongside fellow Other City heroes Tru Luv, Young Identity, OneFiveEightReform RadioEastern Bloc and the School of Electronic Music (formerly MIDI School). 

For new faces, there’s a smorgasbord of different selectors making their Chapel Street debuts, with local tastemakers in the shape of Strange Days, legendary Manchester venue Band on the Wall, tropical specialists Regal Disco, the region’s best new party-bringers Thirsty Girls Collective, a music and artist books remix via Bound Art Book Fair, and all the way from Liverpool we’re delighted to finally have The Invisible Wind Factory on board too. Each will be bringing their own unique flavour, making it the most expansive Sounds yet.

And there will be plenty more joining the party too, including more news on brand new local development SOUNDSTOWN ……

Teaming up this year in the role of SFTOC festival visual directors are artist and Illustrator duo Stina Puotinen and David Bailey, whose Transatlantic Trade Partnership will bring us SOUNDSTOWN, a new development right in the heart of Salford. An imaginary community layered over the very real and thriving community of Chapel Street – with more wacky neighbours! Includes all mod cons! Full details on the development – subject to planning permission – will be announced shortly.

Tickets are available now from for £25 plus booking fee here: Physical tickets will be available in the new year from selected locations – and they are liable to sell out well in advance of the big day. 

A perfect present, either for a loved one or for yourself. See you soon – it’ll be Sunday 6 May before you know it!

June 26, 2017

SFTOC x Manchester International Festival: Full listings

While Sounds from the Other City 2017 is over, we’re far from done with the year – with our collaboration with Manchester International Festival kicking off in less than a week. Teaming up with some of our favourite promoters, we’ve been given the keys to the festival’s Pavilion Theatre to curate 7 nights of unmissable music, starting with Hookworms & Carla dal Forno on Sunday 2nd July. See our full programme and purchase tickets below – we’ll be seeing you soon.

Sunday 2 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Grey Lantern presents: Hookworms & Carla dal Forno More information & tickets

Wednesday 5 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Now Wave presents: William Basinski More information & tickets

Saturday 8 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Samarbeta presents: Stealing Sheep: ‘Luma Disco’ More information & tickets

‘Liverpool Electro trio premiere new tracks and visuals. This will be the live premiere of their third album’

Sunday 9 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & NTS Radio presents: Amnesia Scanner, Gnod & Hesska More information & tickets

Wednesday 12 July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Hey! Manchester presents: Kiran Leonard: ‘Song of the Husband’ More information & tickets

‘Leonard presents a new performance and visual art show’

Thursday 13th July, 7.30pm

SFTOC & Fat Out presents: Portico Quartet More information & tickets

Sunday 16th July, 3pm

SFTOC & Now Wave presents: Spring King & Let’s Eat Grandma More information & tickets

May 1, 2017

Sounds from the Other City 2017 experience survey – win 2x tickets and £50

Sounds from the Other City 2017 is over – and what a day it was. We’ll be giving a full round-up over the coming days, but for the moment we’ve got an important favour to ask of you. We want to make SFTOC the best festival it can be, and in order to make that possible we’d like your feedback. We’ve put together this survey, and all those who enter will be entered into a prize draw for a pair of tickets to SFTOC 2018 and £50. All your answers will go towards shaping the future of the festival – we couldn’t do it without you.

You can fill out the survey at this link, or below. Thanks – we’ll see you again soon:

April 30, 2017

SFTOC 2017 is here – final updates

Finally, we’ve reached April 30th – SFTOC is here! We’re putting the final pieces together for the year’s best party, and we can’t wait to see you.

For all the latest information, follow us on Twitter, or Instagram (where  David Bailey of Common Bar will be taking over our Insta Story) – and we’ll have sporadic updates on Facebook, too. We’ll be announcing special events throughout the day, as well as keeping people updated on what is happening where.

The wristband exchange opens 2pm at Islington Mill – if you purchased tickets online, please try and print out or download your tickets to help speed up the process. Admittance to any venue will not be allowed without a wristband, so please head to the Mill before you start your day. Early on, there are also liable to be queues at the exchange – so if you want to see any of the bands towards the beginning of the bill, we advise arriving early.

As previously mentioned, there will be 100 tickets on the door – these are likely to sell out very fast, so be warned. Once they’re gone, they’re gone – so if you are turning up, please be aware that you may miss out. Tickets are priced at £30 – we do not have card payment facilities, so purchases must be cash only.

If you want to plan your day, the clashfinder is still online here, but there will also be programmes available at Islington Mill including stage times.

The BBC Philharmonic/Laura Cannell/Ex-Easter Island Head performances take place at Salford Cathedral at 7.30 & 8.45. To get into these performances, you will need an additional ticket that must be picked up at the wristband exchange. These are free of charge, but are liable to go very quickly. Seating at the Cathedral is limited, and we are unable to let in anyone over these initial allocations.

IMPA TV (and the mysterious cult Sound of the New Dawn) are our visual directors this year (you’ll notice their totems across the site), and they invite you to join their ‘Pleasure Temple’ congregation at 8.45pm. This starts at The Old Pint Pot, before weaving it’s way to Regent Trading Estate. Gloves will be handed out to help you ward off evil spirits – it is advised you watch this initiation video in order to reach salvation.

There have been some small line-up changes: Go Away are now unable to play at The Kings Arms for The White Hotel – any news of a replacement will be announced on our social channels; Jack Evans has replaced Ben Kewin at The Salford Arms for Sham Bodie (you can find out more about Jack here); Pop Bastard will now be spinning tracks between bands at The Egerton Arms for Bad Uncle.

Apart from that, have a great day – it’s gonna be our best ever. Also – remember to tag any pictures #SFTOC to appear on The Skinny’s hashtag wall.

We’ll see you on the other side.