Sounds From The Other City

March 14, 2019

Full line-up revealed for SFTOC Quindecennial | SFTOC 2019

SEE THE FULL LINE-UP HERE

COME PARTY WITH US THIS EVENING

Sounds From The Other City Festival has been a firm underground favourite since 2004; championing local promoters and celebrating the off-kilter beauty of Salford, the oft-overlooked ‘other city’ to Manchester.

A genuine DIY success story – the past five years have each sold out – this year marks its fifteenth anniversary and, on Sunday 5th May 2019, they’re set to celebrate in unique style with their first Quindecennial.

Today, it announces the full line up featuring Black Midi (“the most talked about new band in the country” – DIY; “your favorite band’s new favorite band” – Pitchfork), the return to SFTOC of indie-pop royalty The Orielles, Belgian punks Cocaine Piss, Bristol noise-rockers Spectres, the blissed-out grooves of Manchester’s Ménage à Trois, Edinburgh DIY folk-rock troubadour Withered Hand, laid-back rap maestro Barney Artist, and the Sounds debut of Factory Floor co-founder Gabe Gurnsey (“unfailingly relentless” – The Guardian).

SFTOC also welcomes the BBC Philharmonic for a special commission, this time to collaborate with recent favourites Young Identity. Combining the power of the spoken word performance with the magisterial energy of an orchestral ensemble, this one-off meeting of minds is certain to go down in Sounds lore.

For the Quindecennial, SFTOC asked 15 of its favourite promoters to pick two acts, to be presented across 5 stages. In the mix are perennial greats Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, and Grey Lantern, exciting new blood in Partisan (the collective and volunteer run space for independent, community led, DIY and cultural based projects), and a big link up with Bluedot (who will be making their SFTOC debut).

2018 saw the biggest and best SFTOC to date. This year will see all that action packed into one site, as 1500 people descend on Salford’s Regent Trading Estate. Sunday 5th May will be filled with the special touches fans won’t find anywhere else, with art direction from ALL five art directors from the past five years. As day turns to night, they will be the usual array of legendary after-parties at both the Pint Pot and across all 4 floors at new venue YES with a one-off collab between So Flute x High Hoops, everyone’s favourite basement dance party, Kiss Me Again, newcomers Me Gusta, the return of the Thirsty Girls and mega vibes from Regal Disco.

Tickets are super limited for this extra special edition of the festival and are on-sale now for £25, exclusively through Skiddle.

Listen to many of the bands playing the festival on our Spotify playlist by clicking here, or getting involved below.

March 8, 2019

SFTOC Quindecennial Line-Up Launch Party: Thursday 14 March, Yes (38 Charles Street, M1 7DB), 8pm – 1am

On Thursday 14 March, we’re unveiling our complete Sounds from the City Quindecennial line-up – marking the final stretch of the countdown to the best day of the year. To celebrate, we are going to be playing a few tunes at our good pal’s Now Wave’s space, YES on Charles St. Joining us for the evening are just a handful of people involved in making this year a truly special do to celebrate our 15th year. As well as Team SFTOC (Matt, Sian, Emma, Mark & Riv), we have selections from Manchester dream-pop babes Menage a Trois, a set from party starters Good Afternoon who will be bringing everything from Psych to Disco, Sounds of the Near Future from festival favourites and our hosts for the evening Now Wave, and finally newcomers to the festival in multicultural collective Me Gusta. Free entry, cheap drinks, good vibes throughout.

Click here for our Facebook event – and we’ll see you on the dancefloor.

SFTOC Quindecennial tickets have mostly gone – if you’ve not got yours, act quick and buy from Skiddle here.

January 25, 2019

Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial tickets now on sale

With tickets for our pre-sale moving incredibly quickly, we’ve now opened general sale for the Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial. Capacity is limited to 1,500 – half of last year’s event – and we’re expecting for tickets to sell out well in advance of the big day, Sunday 5 May.

2019 sees Sounds From the Other City (SFTOC) celebrate its 15th year in unique style, unlike anything seen before on May Bank Holiday Sunday – or any other Sunday for that matter. Roughly as infrequently as an eclipse of Saturn’s rings, or as the cicada swarms in the American deep south, or as Boatinni’s Comet comes into Earth’s orbit, Sunday May 5th sees us celebrate our first Quindecennial: a festival that happens once only every 15 years.

We’ve always planned to celebrate this momentous milestone with something special, so here it is…a one off event that condenses everything you love about Sounds into one super-concentrated party. 2018 saw our biggest and best festival to date – this year will see all that action packed into one site, as 1500 people make Salford’s Regent Trading Estate their home at our most ambitious SFTOC to date. For our Quindecennial, we’ve asked 15 of our favourite promoters to pick their best two acts, which will be brought to you across 5 stages – along with everything else that makes SFTOC the best day of the year, every year.

SFTOC is a festival of music and art, a day of discovery, a community festival in its truest form, bringing Manchester and most importantly Salford together in creating something downright magical and unique to be enjoyed by everyone – whether you are on stage, behind the scenes or soaking it all in from venue to venue with a beer in your hand.

You can buy your tickets now, priced at £25, through Skiddle here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/?ticketpw=quindecennial#eventticketsbox

January 21, 2019

The Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial | Sunday 5th May 2019, Regent Trading Estate, Salford

Quindecennial
[kwin-di-sen-ee-uhl]
Adjective 1. occurring once every 15 years or over a period of 15 years
Noun 2. a 15th anniversary

2019 sees Sounds From the Other City (SFTOC) celebrate its 15th year in unique style, unlike anything seen before on May Bank Holiday Sunday – or any other Sunday for that matter. Roughly as infrequently as an eclipse of Saturn’s rings, or as the cicada swarms in the American deep south, or as Boatinni’s Comet comes into Earth’s orbit, Sunday May 5th sees us celebrate our first Quindecennial: a festival that happens once only every 15 years.

We’ve always planned to celebrate this momentous milestone with something special, so here it is…a one off event that condenses everything you love about Sounds into one super-concentrated party. 2018 saw our biggest and best festival to date – this year will see all that action packed into one site, as 1500 people make Salford’s Regent Trading Estate their home at our most ambitious SFTOC to date. For our Quindecennial, we’ve asked 15 of our favourite promoters to pick their best two acts, which will be brought to you across 5 stages – along with everything else that makes SFTOC the best day of the year, every year.

SFTOC is a festival of music and art, a day of discovery, a community festival in its truest form, bringing Manchester and most importantly Salford together in creating something downright magical and unique to be enjoyed by everyone – whether you are on stage, behind the scenes or soaking it all in from venue to venue with a beer in your hand.

Tickets go on general sale on Friday 25th January at 10am via Skiddle. A limited number of pre-sale tickets will be made available to previous bookers on Wednesday 23rd January at 10am. To join the pre-sale list you can also sign up to Skiddle’s ‘Remind Me’ list for the event by clicking here.

Tickets are expected to sell out super quick, with only 1500 up for grabs – half the capacity of last year’s festival before we return to our usual format across Chapel Street in 2020. With our next Quindecennial not scheduled to take place until 2034, you can’t afford to miss out.

You can watch highlights from SFTOC 2018 below. Edited by Luke Bravin https://www.lukebravin.com, music by Footshooter https://footshooterbeats.bandcamp.com/:

May 7, 2018

Sounds From The Other City Survey – WIN £50

Sounds from the Other City 2018 is all over and it was our biggest and sunniest year ever!

We want to make SFTOC the best festival it can be so we’ve put together a survey which will go towards shaping the future of the festival – we couldn’t do it without you and we want to know your thoughts and feedback.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a cash prize of £50.

You can complete the survey here or in the page below.

Thank you – we’ll be bringing your a full round-up over the coming days!