For the last 6 years, we’ve had warmth guaranteed at Sounds thanks to one mysterious force: former Common legend/current Siop Shop supremo Iwan Roberts, and his annual Sundance. In the past, he’s burnt favourite toys from his childhood to appease the sun gods, become a giant and summoned the rays, and become a member of a cult in order to make sure that festival goers are blessed with rays.
After his BEST EVER performance last year – during which he had a little dance with the SoundsTown Crazy Arms Guy, he’s back once again to ensure summer in Salford this Sunday, with the little help of a shooting star. It is going to be glooooooorious! 5 days to go!
🌞 We’ve had warmth guaranteed at #SFTOC for the last few year thanks to @siopshop supremo Iwan, and his annual Sundance. After his BEST EVER performance in 2018, he’s back once again to ensure summer in Salford this Sunday, with the little help of a shooting star. 5 days to go! pic.twitter.com/d0W68BKGCQ
— Sounds from the Other City (@sftoc) April 30, 2019
Now we’re on the final strait and the Quindecennial is in sight, there’s only one way to celebrate: by handing over the Insta keys to a certified Sounds legend. HimHallows was done it all at SFTOC – worked behind the bar at Islington Mill Engine House, danced until sun-up (most years), helped clear-up the day after, and everything in between. Most notably, he was our artistic director back in 2016, having made himself a highly memorable custom the year before just to have a lovely time at Sounds in as part of the Volkov Commanders Parade. He’s back this year, of course, and we’re honoured that he’s letting you into his world with an all-day Instagram takeover. Follow all the action at instagram.com/sftoc
We’re down to about 50 tickets, which we reckon might be gone by the end of the day. Once they’re gone, they’re gone – we’ll have none on the door at this year’s festival thanks to our super-limited capacity. Don’t miss out: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
On The Shores Of The Strange🌊
Foggy heads and rocky souls are a combination for disaster, so this year himHallows has enlisted the lighthouse keeper to shine their beam, ensuring your course remains sure and true. In layman’s terms, that means he’ll be trying to keep you somewhat on the straight and narrow – or at least get you to the afterparties in one piece. So join the keeper on the Shores Of The Strange, feel the good energy of the lighthouse’s energising rays… and yell Land Ahoy! ⛵️💡
The working name of Paul Hallows, himHallows is a mancunian artist and illustrator who’s obsessions range from dark films to concrete buildings and culinary design. From his base at the Engine House right here in Sunny Salford, Paul mostly illustrates and designs – but when he’s not doing that, he also likes to build things out of cardboard. He welcomed us to ‘The New Occult’ in 2016 when he Art Directed the festival. 👀📦\
While everyone enjoys the bands and all the art at Sounds from the Other City, the number one question we get asked (aside from set-times) is – what are we going to be able to eat this year? With ONE WEEK to go until Sounds (it really is a week today!), we’re proud to give you an overview of the food and drink options at our Quindecennial. Please be aware that CASH IS PREFERABLE due to a fairly poor wi-fi signal at our base of Regents Trading Estate making card payments difficult – but we’re sure that you’ll have a great time stuffing your faces regardless.
This year’s menu will be 50% vegetarian & vegan, reflecting the feedback we’ve had from festival-goers in the past – and we’re sure there will be something for you, regardless of your palette.
If you’re planning on coming to SFTOC this year, and haven’t got a ticket yet – well, we’ve got around 100 left, and they’re going to go fast. Get yours here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
The best pizza makers in the city. Fresh sourdough from the oven, all day long.
Honest Crust’s wood-burning pizza ovens are a fixture in the iconic Altrincham Market House and at its Manchester NQ offshoot, the Mackie Mayor. Their sourdough dough is fermented for a minimum of 36 hours. The only ingredients are flour, water and salt. Each pizza is stretched by hand and blasted at 450c for less than 90 seconds in the oven. Ingredients for the toppings are scrupulously sourced, too. Our favourite pizza created by Crust’s Richard Carver is Atomica! with its simple topping of spicy ‘nduja sausage, tomato and mozzarella.
From Taste of Manchester
Dim Sum Su
Winner of the British Street Food People’s Choice Award, Cantonese and Chinese delicious bite-size food
This is a revolution, a popular rising – a freedom cry for Cantonese and Chinese bite-size food that takes delicious Dim Sum food out of restaurants and lets it loose on the street! Leading the Dim Sum revolution is Dim Sum Su, street vendor of the finest, freshest Dim Sum food – steamed buns, spring rolls, savoury dumplings, plus a whole lot more – and puts them in your hands so that you can eat and enjoy Dim Sum on the hoof, on the move, on the run!
From Dim Sum Su
Quality freshly-made hotdogs from Nick Prince – also provided the goods for our hotdog eating competition in 2018, could we see the same again this time out? (We will)
They sell handmade frankfurters fashioned in Salford with free range pork, seasoned with paprika, mustard and garlic. Made with traditional natural lamb casings and smoked over English fruit woods in a method unique in the hot dog industry.
From Taste of Manchester
A fully vegan take on everyone’s favourite late night takeaway, Expect Donner Kebabs and Shawarma.
Returning to SFTOC for a third year, Magic Rock will keep you watered all day long with Lagers, IPAs, and even a Salty Gose.
Inspired by local brewing traditions and the vibrant US craft beer scene, Magic Rock Brewing is the culmination of a lifelong passion for beer. Richard Burhouse (aided by head brewer Stuart Ross) started the brewery in 2011 in an old out-building of the family business (an importer of crystals and natural gifts) in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.
From Magic Rock
With only 8 (eight!) days to go until Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial, we’re taking the opportunity to hand over the keys for our Instagram over to another one of our art directors – this time, IMPATV will be your guides. Having worked as SFTOC.TV back in 2016 (when they broadcast Bad Uncle’s entire stage through YouTube), they were our art directors for Sounds 2017 where they brought us Sound of the New Dawn. Creating a cult that took over Chapel Street, culminating in the Pleasure Temple Procession across the whole SFTOC site. We’ve overjoyed to have them back – and they’re giving away a pair of Sounds tickets. Find out more below, and follow them throughout the day: instagram.com/sftoc
We’re down to around 100 tickets left – they’ll be gone before the big day – don’t miss out: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
IMPATV present OUMUAMUA
Space, the final frontier.
The voyage of starship Oumuamua,
A one day mission,
To explore a strange new world,
To seek out new life,
And new civilisations.
To boldly go where no man has gone before…….
🚀IMPATV have touched base with Earth’s first interstellar visitor, a messenger sent from a phantasmic landscape in the distant past to reach out to humanity. It’s objectives and it’s message, are still unknown – but come May 5th that all could change. In collaboration with Sounds, IMPATV invite you to imagine, reflect, and experience… exactly what you’ll discover remains to be see, but one thing’s for certain – we can’t wait to find out💫
Isadora Darke and Jamie Robinson have been working together under the IMPATV moniker since 2015, collaborating with a network of both home-grown and international talent to record and broadcast music and performances, and producing large scale installations that incorporate interactive video, sculpture and performance not to mention Art Directors with ‘The Sounds of the New Dawn’ back in 2017. But whatever these busy bees cast their hand at, their unique visual aesthetic shines bright – born from experimentation and the interplay of obsolete video equipment and new technologies. You’ll love what they’ve cooked up for us this year…😍
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🎨QUINDECENNIAL ART DIRECTORS #3🎨 📺IMPATV host our Instagram takeover TOMORROW and will be running a competition for a pair of tickets for SFTOC -PLUS a pair of tickets for any show at YES. Keep dem peepers peeled to win BIG….🎟👀 IMPATV present OUMUAMUA Space, the final frontier. The voyage of starship Oumuamua, A one day mission, To explore a strange new world, To seek out new life, And new civilisations. To boldly go where no man has gone before……. 🚀IMPATV have touched base with Earth’s first interstellar visitor, a messenger sent from a phantasmic landscape in the distant past to reach out to humanity. It’s objectives and it’s message, are still unknown – but come May 5th that all could change. In collaboration with Sounds, IMPATV invite you to imagine, reflect, and experience… exactly what you’ll discover remains to be see, but one thing’s for certain – we can’t wait to find out💫 Isadora Darke and Jamie Robinson have been working together under the IMPATV moniker since 2015, collaborating with a network of both home-grown and international talent to record and broadcast music and performances, and producing large scale installations that incorporate interactive video, sculpture and performance not to mention Art Directors with ‘The Sounds of the New Dawn’ back in 2017. But whatever these busy bees cast their hand at, their unique visual aesthetic shines bright – born from experimentation and the interplay of obsolete video equipment and new technologies. You’ll love what they’ve cooked up for us this year…😍 #sftoc #sftoc19 #impatv #videoart #competition #artist #video #festival #OUMUAMUA
Everyone loves the day time at Sounds – hanging with friends you may not have seen for a while, seeing bands in strange places, getting some primo pics for Instagram, all of that. The evening is naturally great too: perhaps you’re a few drinks in, and starting to dance a little free-er; you’ve bumped into a couple of more pals, eaten some wonderful vegan street food. Even so, it is after midnight when true SFTOC legends are made – and our afterparties themselves are the stuff of folklore. With this being a special, condensed edition of the festival, we’ve picked the cream of the crop to see you going until sun up. With only NINE DAYS TO GO until Sounds, we’re taking a look at how you’ll see out the day. We’ve split it across two venues and six floors, meaning there’s something for everyone – we can’t wait to share the dancefloor with you.
Tickets are going ridiculously fast – if you want to join in on the party, get yours now from Skiddle. We’re likely to sell out very soon, so don’t miss out: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/
A classic SFTOC party haunt, there have been a million memories made (and most of them forgotten in the SFTOC fog) at the Pint Pot. Just around the corner from our hub of Regent’s Trading Estate, this is going to be a busy one – especially given who we’ve got on. Newcomers ME GUSTA take the upstairs, while Thirsty Girls are back at Sounds after their Homerpalooza extravaganza last year.
Featuring: YOUNG PABLO / YOHAN / ATIKE / YADHAJ / PANDA PALM
Me Gusta is a multicultural collective based in Manchester UK. Through music, dance, unity and gathered ideas they’ve formed a team that began to harness their own interests and backgrounds to create a platform for all elements of traditional or modern day cultures. Originating from Togo, Ecuador, Kenya, Bermuda, France, Norway and The United Kingdom they have harmonised through music to do something quite special.
Throughout a 3 year journey they’ve worked with multiple projects, platforms, artists and influential people including Limbo Radio, MCR Live , Reform Radio, Hidden, Deaf Institute, Joshua Brooks, Night & Day Cafe alongside wonderful musicians such as Afriquoi, Daniel Haaksman, The Busy Twist, El Búho, Donna Leake, Cervo, Tash LC, SNO, Mukambo, Dj Lilocox, Joaquin Cornejo and many more.
The collective holds a primary aim towards constant activity within Manchester’s community and abroad with their most recent booking at the Bonnefooi Club based in Brussels – diving into unknown, rare and unorthodox sounds for ears of all kinds. Many progressions that are gathered involve blending, producing and sharing musical diaspora from around the world with DJ sets and live elements. The crews regular collaborator Adama Kande is a Senegalese master djembe drummer and never fails to accentuate this.
Experience bespoke, unearthed and raw-like sounds stemming from Afro-Latin, European and Middle Eastern music styles capturing traditional and new age rhythms all under one roof, united, expressive and free.
THIRSTY GIRLS COLLECTIVE
Thirsty Girls are back with another SFTOC afterparty! After last year’s packed Homerpalooza party, this year they’re bringing all things trashy and boujie to The Old Pint Pot. Stella Bourgeois is the champagne lifestyle on a Lambrini budget. Think Playboy parties, Jodie Marsh’s belt outfits, ball gowns and cheap trainers, Lily Allen’s New Look line, Britney and Justin’s matching denim outfits, Jane Norman bags, pre-payday partying, chips and no shoes at the end of the night, all fur coat and no knickers, serving Liz McDonald looks. Clubs with carpets and foam parties. An orange VK served in a champagne flute. The entire Flithy Gorgeous music video. Thirsty Girls live for it. As usual we’ll have our troupe of drag queens in tow performing throughout the night, helping you end Sounds From The Other City in style. Garish, glittering style.
Expect 00s pop, rnb, grime. We’ll be spinning Sugababes / J-Lo / Daphne & Celeste / TLC / Mis-Teeq / CSS / Fergie / Chicks On Speed / Destiny’s Child / DJ Sammy / Paris Hilton / Atomic Kitten / Kelis / Sophie Ellis Bextor / Missy Elliott / Girls Aloud / Amy Winehouse / Eve / Billie Piper / Christina Aguilera / Liberty X / Lady Sovereign / Gossip / T.A.T.U / Lily Allen / Pussycat Dolls / Holly Valance / Janet Jackson / Princess Superstar / Ashanti / Ms Dynamite / So Solid Crew / Estelle / Scissor Sisters / Goldfrapp
Perhaps the best new venue in the country, and run by SFTOC legends Now Wave, we had to have a party at YES – even if it is slightly outside the usual Sounds boundaries. Over 4 floors, we’ve got the creme de la creme of party nights. As well as a few dream collabs, we’ve got returning heroes and all sorts of the weird stuff that makes SFTOC after-parties the best around.
HIGH HOOPS & SO FLUTE
DANUKA / YADAVA / SOFIE K / BALOO / ADJ
Presiding over the after party mischief at YES are utopian party starters High Hoops collaborating with So Flute to bring you an afterparty in the YES pink room you won’t forget!
Championing both rising stars and seasoned heads, they’ve established a solid reputation for a music policy as diverse as the line up behind the decks. Expect a hedonistic blend of world disco, psychedelic house, acid, electro jams and everything in between.
So Flute have been on the SFTOC wish list for many years now so we are beyond excited that for the 15th edition of our festival they will be collaborating with High Hoops to bring the party to the YES pink room.
So Flute are a club Night born out of Manchester. In a city that spawned multi-genre nights such as Electric Chair or Friends And Family, So Flute nights are built around hip-hop DJ techniques to join the dots between soul, funk, rap, reggae and Afrobeat.
So Flute have an impressive resumé of previous bookings which includes Gilles Peterson, Floating Points, Marcellus Pittman, Andres, Alexander Nut, Andrew Ashong, & more.
KISS ME AGAIN w/ ANNABEL FRASER
Kiss Me Again is the trio of Matthew, Antoin and David who run a monthly LGBT+ clubnight at Soup Kitchen. Setting out to bring party sounds from all across the spectrum, they’ll be joined on the night by supreme local selector Annabel Fraser. Guaranteed good vibes. Their monthly event at Soup Kitchen is always a sell out party so we are very excited to bring Kiss Me Again to the YES basement as part of the SFTOC after party takeover.
Resident Advisor on Annabel Fraser: As a well respected mainstay in the dance music scene, Annabel Fraser has built up a solid reputation as one of Manchesters finest selectors through her regular genre-spanning shows on NTS Radio, previous residencies at Soup Kitchen and Hidden and now underground hub The White Hotel in Salford, and a string of shows throughout the UK and Europe.
MISS PUERTO RICO / SUNNY WRAY / LOWELL ‘OUT OF QUIET’ AKA L BOOGIE / KING BONGOS
After the success of their after party at The Kings Arms last year we are excited to be inviting Regal Disco back to curate the after party in the YES bar. Regal Disco wouldn’t be the same without their magnificent resident DJs Lowell ‘Out of Quiet’ AKA L BOOGIE and Sunny Wray. Out Of Quiet alias of DJ, Lowell Walbank, whose weekly excursions on Reform Radio celebrate sounds from around the world and across the spectrum. After years DJing together as part of the Mind On Fire Collective, he’s reunited once again with fellow Mind On Fire selector Sunny Wray, who will be bringing us some Caliente beats from Barcelona.
Miss Puerto Rico is bringing you some Latina fire! You know her from her amazing Reform Radio show and she’s been behind the decks with us before and at last year’s SFTOC. She knows what makes you wanna move your body all night and she has killer fan skills!
Also playing the sexy duo King Bongo, Djs Bingo Bingo and Bobbyganoush. Bingo Bingo is part of the well known one five-eight crew, he’s the co-presenter of their bi-weekly show on Reform Radio. An absolute gem of a show. He also used to DJ at Herbal Sessions. Bobbyganoush is a massive music passionate and will know how to make you wanna shake what you’ve got.
CONCEPT: Tropical dream catcher all over the club and balloons as well as confetti guns and glitter face paint.
NINE DAYS TO GO!