Sounds From The Other City

May 15, 2020


✨A massive THANK YOU to everyone who supported our crowdfunder and helped us smash our £2k target!! We had such an amazing response and lovely comments too, you’re all brilliant and we can’t wait to see you back on Chapel Street, on Sunday 2 May, for Sounds from the Other City 2021. ✨

For those who opted for rewards we will be in touch on email soon with details of delivery.

May 1, 2020

SFTOC Stars In Their Eyes – watch on catch up now

As part of our week of Crowdfunder events, some friends of the festival got together for a very special episode of Stars In Their Eyes. Re-watch now over on Facebook – and please, be aware, that due to some of the performances being too realistic, the algorithm has muted some of the audio in this recording.

Watch the full video here.

Our Crowdfunder is ongoing – if you can get involved, we would appreciate it enormously.

April 29, 2020

SFTOC Quiz Night – Tonight, 8pm, Instagram

As our countdown week continues apace, tonight we’ll be running a loosely SFTOC-themed quiz over on our Instagram page. Starting at 8pm, we’ll have a picture round, a video round, and then, at 8.45pm, a live round. Any and all entrants are welcome, and there’s no fee to enter – although any contributions to our crowdfunder would be hugely appreciated – with prizes being made up on the spot for the winners. Full details over on our Instagram page here.

Thanks to all who have contributed to our Crowdfunder so far – it has made an enormous difference. If you’re yet to contribute, we still have plenty of prizes left including tickets to SFTOC 2021, exclusive tees, go-karting with Elizabeth Alker, and escape rooming with Grotbags (ugh). Get involved below.

April 24, 2020

SFTOC 2020 – thanks, and a countdown, of sorts

The last few months have been tough for everyone, and it is with great warmth in our hearts that we would like to thank those of you who were able to roll over your Sounds from the Other City tickets into next year. While the inability to run this year’s edition of the festival has been a blow, your ongoing support means that the future of the 2021 festival is looking ever more secure. If, however, your circumstances mean you do still require a refund, please raise a support request with Skiddle who can process payments.

In just over one week’s time, we would have been celebrating on Chapel Street – the reality of that fact only serves to illustrate what strange and difficult times we are living through. However, to commemorate what would’ve been our 16th year of community, new music, and art, we’ll be spending next week doing our annual Countdown to Sounds, inviting friends of the festival and some of our favourite artists to take over our social media channels to bring some Sounds vibes to your lockdown.

There will be performances, durational pieces, and even a SFTOC-themed quiz, all leading up to Saturday 2 May, the day of what would’ve been Sounds from the Other City 2020, as we look to build toward next year’s festival. Creativity, caring, and unity have rarely been more important – and we’re asking for your help to ensure that once this crisis is over, we can guarantee the short- and medium-term future of the festival. Over the course of our week of SFTOC 2020 commemorations, we’ll be running a crowdfunding campaign, with any and all donations being used to fund the people, ideas, and organisations that make our festival possible. We’ll have more details – as well as plenty of Sounds vibes – on Monday, as we begin our countdown to nothing. See you then – and once again, thank you.

March 20, 2020

SFTOC 2020 announcement

Hi all,

We don’t need to tell you what’s going on in the world – you’ve likely read enough elsewhere without having to repeat it here. Clearly, it isn’t viable for the festival to go ahead for this year and, as such, we have been forced to make some difficult decisions.

In short, we’re postponing Sounds from the Other City 2020, and giving ticket holders the opportunity to use their ticket for next year’s event, Sounds from the Other City 2021. Like every postponement, this decision hasn’t been taken lightly – especially given the lack of clear guidance from the Government – but the safety of our communities must come before all else. 

It is going to be a difficult year for all of us, but we’re going to do everything we can to come back in our usual spot of Bank Holiday Sunday 2 May 2021, in our usual format: back on Chapel Street, back in the wonderful spaces we all know and love, and curated once more by the people that make SFTOC so special.

We’re a small festival, run with a core skeleton staff – but there are hundreds of people involved in the delivery of the festival: we’re acutely aware of the impact that these events not happening is going to have upon our industry. If it is at all possible, we’d love for you to keep your ticket and use it for SFTOC 2021 – if that’s the case, there’s nothing more you need to do. Of course, these are difficult times, and if you would prefer a refund, you can do so through the following methods at the bottom of this post

Once again, we’d like to thank you for your understanding. This was due to be our 16th year celebrating the Other City, and the entire reason this exists is due to the fantastic Sounds community: our promoters, venues, partners, volunteers, and, of course, the people who turn up and party on, come rain or shine. We’re all heartbroken to have to do this, and hope to see you all back on Chapel Street next year.


Skiddle: If you purchased your ticket online, our official ticket agent Skiddle will be in touch very soon. If you’re happy to attend the date next year, you do not need to do anything and Skiddle will transfer your tickets to the new date. If this is not the case, the Skiddle email will state your options. Please allow a few days to receive this email, as Skiddle are dealing with an unprecedented number of queries. We urge customers to wait for further information from Skiddle by email, rather than contacting the Skiddle Customer Care team.

Physical Tickets: If you have a physical ticket, we ask that you mail your tickets in to our office at Islington Mill, along with details of the account that you would like the refund paid into, and contact details for us to let you know this has been actioned. We will also cover the cost of your postage stamp. Payments will be made as quickly as possible, and we ask for your patience as it is unclear where and when we will be able to work at the moment.

Please send your tickets to:

Sounds from the Other City
Studio 213
Islington Mill Studios
Islington Mill
James St
M3 5HW

If you have any further questions, or comments, please email us on