Sounds From The Other City

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.

Team SFTOC

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
Salford
M3 5HW

If you have any further questions, or comments, please email us on info@soundsfromtheothercity.com

 

March 5, 2020

Full SFTOC 2020 line-up unveiled

SEE THE FULL LINE-UP HERE

Following our previous announcements – where we welcomed the likes of BEAK>, Self Esteem, Gruff Rhys, Stealing Sheep, BBC Philharmonic, Nuria Graham, Stephen Mallinder, and plenty more to the festival – we’re pleased to unveil the complete line-up that will be taking us back to Chapel Street on Saturday 2 May.

Joining us are the likes of North London producer polymath Loraine James, the singular psych-pop of Vanishing Twin, super hyped punk rapper Master Peace, Polly Mackey – aka the incredible Art School Girlfriend – and Bristolian post-whatever band Slagheap, as well as Bunny Hoova, South Yorkshire Mick Hucknall, Fortitude Valley, Werkha, and plenty more. We think it’s the best SFTOC bill to date, and you can jump right into our official Spotify playlist here to see just how right we are.

We’re also pleased to confirm the stuff that’ll keep you dancing until the sun comes up on Sunday, with afterparties this year taking place at Seven Bro7hers Tap Room (Space Cassette taking over), The Old Pint Pot (Swing Ting upstairs, Red Eye Hi-Fi downstairs), The Kings Arms (VAM x OHR), The Salford Arms (Fat Out’s Late Night Karaoke Dungeon), Partisan (Body Horror & Fiends), and YES (Wet Play x Eastern Bloc plus more, across all 4 floors). Make sure to stay hydrated, and bring comfortable shoes.

It wouldn’t be Sounds without all the extra stuff too – M3 Industries will be expanding their craft across Chapel Street to help shape the day, while there will be roving performances from TV Babies, work from Daisy Dickinson, Proforma presenting Chris Owen in a location TBC, Mof Gimmers & Wilderness Records taking over the Deli Lama for the day, Timekeeper’s Square will be transformed into Timekeeper’s Fayre, and ONE69A will be asking you to bring along old t-shirts to be Sounds-ified right in front of your eyes.

Our second release of tickets are nearly all sold out are the remaining few are available through Skiddle (or purchase below), while physical tickets have also made a return – pick yours up now, at Piccadilly Records (includes booking fee), across the 4 floors of YES, or Siop Shop if you’re in Manchester city centre; Grapefruit in Sale; Font Bar in Chorlton; Wilderness Records in Withington; or the Kings Arms, and the University of Salford Students Union right here in sunny Salford. 

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Sounds From the Other City 2020 tickets from Skiddle.


News on promoters, venues, performers, artists, and after-parties will be announced in the new year – this is going to be our biggest and best SFTOC yet.

You can watch highlights from SFTOC 2019 below.

February 18, 2020

BEAK>, Gruff Rhys, Planningtorock, Self Esteem, BBC Philharmonic and more added to SFTOC line-up

SEE THE FULL LINE-UP TO DATE HERE

Following our first wave of announcements last week, we’re pleased to announce more promotersmore venues, and a second wave of acts playing our return to Chapel Street for Sounds from the Other City 2020.

Salford University is one of the other city’s proudest institutions, and we’re honoured that they’re becoming part of SoundsTown once again, temporarily handing over the keys to two SFTOC programming legends. The inimitable Peel Hall has been a stage at past events and, in what are already performances that are integral to the festival, BBC PHILHARMONIC return for another once-in-a-lifetime collaboration, this time presenting a live performance for BBC Radio 3’s UNCLASSIFIED as they collaborate with experimental Japanese artist HATIS NOIT and South African cellist ABEL SELACOE in what might be their most ambitious project for the festival yet.

Salford University’s 1,000 capacity Maxwell Hall makes its debut in 2020, and we’ve put some of the best minds in Manchester to work on booking the best acts around for such a special venue. NOW WAVE are teaming up with their venue sibling YES to take over a unique stage – and they’ve booked some big hitters with the finest Sounds vibes you’ll ever find. Formerly of the Super Furry Animals, and a Welsh music legend across the various strands of his supreme career, GRUFF RHYS is coming to Salford, and, described by the Quietus as “the musical equivalent of the unrecognisable scream in the forest, the sense of being watched, the catching of something (or someone) in the corner in your eye that disappears when you turn around,” BEAK> come to Chapel Street – we can’t wait. There’s also to be a reunion with friend of the festival and musical polyglot Jam Rostron, aka PLANNINGTOROCKand the oversized pop of former Slow Club member Rebecca Taylor’s spectacular SELF ESTEEM will also grace the stage. There will also be an orchestral spin on things too, as the super adventerous MANCHESTER CAMERATA perform minimalist composer Terry Riley’s “In C”, and there will be a DJ set from legendary Twisted Nerve / Finders Keepers founder ANDY VOTEL.

Just off Chapel Street, we’ve got two SFTOC stalwarts curating entirely new spaces. We’re pleased to announce a partnership with SEVEN BRO7HERS brewery, fellow dwellers of the Other City, as their bar at Middlewood Locks M5 is given up to Tru Luv, who will be curating their usual of the freshest acts around: the first two names out are Nottingham rapper SNOWY – tipped for the top by Complex, Mixmag, and Crack Magazine amongst others – and the Gilles Peterson endorsed grooves of upcoming neo-soul star MALI HAYES. Just around the corner, we’ve asked REFORM RADIO to hit us with their best, and they’re yet to let us down: bringing the vibe in their marquee will be Mancunian footwork DJs JUKE JOINT, and the otherworldly vibes of record spinner MARACUYA.

We’ve got more names coming super soon too, with the full line-up just on the horizon – get your tickets below while you still can.

If they’re on Spotify, they’re on our official SFTOC Spotify playlist: listen and subscribe by clicking here.

Our second release of tickets are now available through Skiddle (or purchase below), while physical tickets have also made a return – pick yours up, from Saturday 1st February,  at Piccadilly Records (includes booking fee), or Siop Shop if you’re in Manchester city centre; Grapefruit in Sale; Font Bar in Chorlton; Wilderness Records in Withington; or the Kings Arms, and the University of Salford Students Union right here in sunny Salford. 

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Sounds From the Other City 2020 tickets from Skiddle.


News on promoters, venues, performers, artists, and after-parties will be announced in the new year – this is going to be our biggest and best SFTOC yet.

You can watch highlights from SFTOC 2019 below.

February 6, 2020

First wave of acts announced for SFTOC 2020

Last week we announced our our first raft of promoters and venues who’ll be marking our return to Chapel Street – and now we’re pleased to reveal our opening wave of artists who’ll be performing at Sounds from the Other City 2020.

Having last played the festival back in 2013, we’re honoured to be welcoming SFTOC legends STEALING SHEEP back to Salford, as they play the spectacular St Philip’s Church for Heavenly Recordings x Strange Days – who’ve also booked the incredibly fitting STRAWBERRY GUY

Other returning alumni include COWTOWN (who first played the festival way back in 2008), GROTBAGS (both bands playing for Bad Uncle at the Old Pint Pot), HANDLE, HOUSEWIVES (starring for Fat Out x Alphaville in Unit 2, Regents Trading Estate – who’ve also chosen newcomers HILARY & THE HATE CRIMES), and DJs KISS ME AGAIN, CHIPS WITH EVERYTHING (lending a hand to Good Afternoon at The New Oxford), and ALL HANDS ON DECK (spinning for Partisan Collective, alongside FATTY ACID CABARET at Regents Trading Estate bar).

We’ve got plenty of new names alongside those fan favourites, too: over at the Kings Arms, Hey! Manchester have done their usual magic to book Melbourne’s GOOD MORNING, Spanish artist NURIA GRAHAM, and Ireland’s own AOIFE NESSA FRANCES, bringing international flavour to the festival, and all the brilliant, caring song craft that you’d expect from their stage.

Grey Lantern never fail, and have this year selected HOLODRUM (featuring members of Cowtown, Virginia Wing, Drahla, Nope, Mucky Sailor, VIDE0 and Xam Duo) and former Cabaret Voltaire frontman STEPHEN MALLINDER as their first two acts to be announced – you can see them over at Regents Trading Estate Unit 3. Around the corner at Unit 4 you’ll find solo drummer, musical director, bandleader and songwriter EMANUEL J BURTON, and South London-based producer and multi-instrumentalist WU-LU, selected by Band on the Wall x NIAMOS.

The Beauty Witch are residing upstairs at The Old Pint Pot for 2020, with HARPOON (“warped, broken, polyrhythmic techno, doomy drone-squall, music concrete textures wrenched from drum machines and FX pedals”) and WARREN SCHOENBRIGHT (“landing somewhere between heavy metal, ambient, prog rock, and experimental improvisation… powerful and concise”) their opening couple of names. Just down the road, Me Gusta x Regal Disco will be welcoming LA PRESIDENTA, who’ll be bringing the party to Bexley Square, while elsewhere we’re pleased to be welcoming two of of Manchester’s most exciting new bands; ORGANIC ZIP will be making the Salford Arms their own with ex-D.U.D.S and Spengler members HUMINT, who’ve both been handpicked by The Singing Box x Do Your Best Records

If they’re on Spotify, they’re on our official SFTOC Spotify playlist: listen and subscribe by clicking here.

Our second release of tickets are now available through Skiddle (or purchase below), while physical tickets have also made a return – pick yours up, from Saturday 1st February,  at Piccadilly Records (includes booking fee), or Siop Shop if you’re in Manchester city centre; Grapefruit in Sale; Font Bar in Chorlton; Wilderness Records in Withington; or the Kings Arms, and the University of Salford Students Union right here in sunny Salford. 

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Sounds From the Other City 2020 tickets from Skiddle.


News on promoters, venues, performers, artists, and after-parties will be announced in the new year – this is going to be our biggest and best SFTOC yet.

You can watch highlights from SFTOC 2019 below.

January 30, 2020

Sounds from the Other City 2020 first announcement – promoters & venues

Back for 2020, back on Chapel Street – and now we can reveal the first batch of promoters and venues who are going to shape the Sounds from the Other vibe for this year, with more announcements – from artists to afterparties – coming in the next couple of weeks. We’re also pleased to give a first look at our poster, lovingly crafted – as ever – by the brilliant David Bailey, with a fruity twist as we enter the new decade. Great, isn’t it?

A return to Chapel Street wouldn’t be worth the name without certain spaces, so we’re pleased as punch to be heading back to The Old Pint Pot, with psych specialists The Beauty Witch taking the upstairs, and DIY promoters extraordinaire Bad Uncle & friends taking up residence in the downstairs bar. St Philip’s Church is an iconic SFTOC venue, and the keys are being handed over to two of the best: Heavenly Recordings will be programming alongside Strange Days – expect something special, befitting the spectacular space.

Towards the other end of Chapel Street, SFTOC legends Hey! Manchester will be making iconic pub The Kings Arms venue space their own, with Pen:Chant hosting the studio space, while just around the corner at The Salford Arms fellow newcomers The Singing Box and Do Your Best Records will welcome in the return to another classic Salford boozer.

In the middle, Bexley Square will become a party hub once again, with Me Gusta and Regal Disco making the Sounds marquee their home, with perennial festival favourite Good Afternoon returning to their spiritual sanctuary of The New Oxford. SFTOC 2020 also sees the School of Electronic Music make their return, as they present a selection of some of their favourite acts – always a festival favourite. 

After holding the fort with our Quindecennial last year, Regents Trading Estate is back as a hub for SFTOC 2020, with collaborations between SFTOC promoters legendary and latest to the team: Unit 2 with see Fat Out pick alongside Alphaville; Unit 3 is a joint venture between Grey Lantern and Them There Records; Unit 4 will see Band on the Wall sharing with NIAMOS. We’re super excited for them all, as well as our friends Partisan Collective making the bar space their own, too.

We’ll be announcing the first raft of names playing the festival this time next week, while we’ve got plenty of big surprises up our sleeves with more venues, more promoters, and more of the stuff that makes Sounds great still be revealed. It is going to be the best SFTOC ever, no doubt.

Our second release of tickets are now available through Skiddle (or purchase below), while physical tickets have also made a return – pick yours up, from Saturday 1st February,  at Piccadilly Records (includes booking fee), or Siop Shop if you’re in Manchester city centre; Grapefruit in Sale; Font Bar in Chorlton; Wilderness Records in Withington; or the Kings Arms, and the University of Salford Students Union right here in sunny Salford.

To buy tickets for this event please visit the events page: Sounds From the Other City 2020 tickets from Skiddle.