Sounds From The Other City

November 8, 2019

SFTOC 2020 | Tickets on sale now

We sell out every year and, if pre-sale was anything to go by, we’re going to be running out of tickets earlier than ever before as we head back to Chapel Street. Get yours quick below, through our friends at Skiddle.

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

Gig, Club and Festival tickets by Skiddle

Find out more about Skiddle’s ‘Remind Me’ service here (links to

November 6, 2019

Sounds from the Other City 2020 | Chapel Street, Saturday 2 May 2020

Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) is back once again for 2020, and back to Chapel Street after our 15th birthday blowout last time out. We’re seeing in the new decade by, as ever, giving your favourite promoters creative carte blanche to book the best new bands in the country, and have them play in your favourite spaces – the strange, the surreal, and the spectacular – as our community festival of art, new music, and culture returns to the pubs, churches and community corners of Salford.

With the early May Bank Holiday Monday moved back to Friday 8th for VE Day, we’re taking the opportunity to move SFTOC forward to 2nd May 2020 – a once in a lifetime chance to experience Sounds on a Saturday before moving back to our usual Sunday slot in 2021. We’ll also be bringing lots more new ingredients to mix in everything that has made the festival one of the most idiosyncratic and individual events in the country, making sure the best day of the year stays as fresh as ever as we reach our sixteenth 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 8 November at midday via Skiddle. To join the pre-sale list for early access to tickets you can also sign up to Skiddle’s ‘Remind Me’ list for the event by clicking here or filling out the form below. We’re expecting to sell out well in advance of the day itself, as we have done for the past 7 years – don’t miss out.

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.

October 10, 2019

SFTOC nominated for Best Small Festival & Best Grassroots Festival at UK Festival Awards

After our Quindecennial year, Sounds from the Other City has been nominated for the Best Small Festival & Best Grassroots Festival at the UK Festival Awards 2019. The award goes to the best festival with a capacity of under 10,000, and we’d be honoured if you could take the time to vote for us while you wait for some big SFTOC news coming soon – you can click the image above to do so, or simply click here.



May 13, 2019

SFTOC Quindecennial Audience Survey

Photo by Joe Smith

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.

May 4, 2019

1 DAY TIL SFTOC | Last minute essentials

Well, we’re almost there: the best day of the year is tomorrow. We know your heart is ready, but there are some last minute essentials that will help you get the most out of our Quindecennial celebration. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day itself – we’ll see you at Regents Trading Estate tomorrow.


Opens at 2pm – Last entry at 9pm.

Wristband exchange takes place at the entrance to the festival site on Oldfield Road. For sat nav purposes the nearest point of reference is Mr Cook, 1 Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Rd, Manchester M5 4DE.


Please download or print out your tickets to help speed up the entrance process. Early on, there will likely be queues at the entrance which we will endeavour to move through as quickly as possible – so if you want to see the opening acts, including the one-off BBC Philharmonic x Young Identity show at 2.45pm, we advise arriving early. There will be NO TICKETS available on the day: resale is available through Skiddle at face value here: Please be aware that scammers selling false/non-existent tickets has been on the rise on social media in recent years for all events, and we strongly advise against buying tickets through any means other than Skiddle – doing so through any other platforms puts yourself at the risk. Find out more about resale here:


We strongly advise bringing cash on the day. Due to limited facilities on site, all of the bars will be CASH ONLY. There is no cash machine at Regent Trading Estate but there are nearby ATMs at the Co-Op (closes 10pm), Costcutter, Sainsburys and some local newsagents. Be warned that ATMs in the local area often end up with large queues and a shortage of available funds – so bringing cash on your way to the festival is advised.


There will be bag and wand checks at the site entrance, therefore we request that bag size is kept to a minimum in order to reduce delays.


As we’re on an enclosed site for this event there are some items that we can’t allow through the entrance: please don’t bring food or drink into the festival, there will be a great selection of food stalls and bars to take advantage of (see below). No controlled substances please. No glass, cans or metal containers. Nothing that could be explosive, flammable or is likely to be used as a weapon.


There are four food vendors at Regent Trading Estate: Honest Crust pizzas, Dim Sum Su, Seitan’s Kebabs and Diamond Dogs hot dogs. We are operating a 50% veggie/vegan menu across the site. All of our bars will be serving a choice of award-winning Magic Rock craft beers (all vegan) plus Swansong Coffee will be offering a selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Find out more here.


Unfortunately dogs (other than assistance dogs) and all other pets are not permitted at this year’s festival as we feel we are unable to offer a suitable environment for the welfare of our animal friends at Regent Trading Estate.


Once you have collected your wristband you are free to come in and out of the festival site at Regent Trading Estate at any time. Please note however that you will have to undertake a bag search each time you enter the site and there will be no fast-track queue for wristband holders which may mean another wait at peak times. We’re also a fringe event at The Eagle Inn, which you can find out more about here:


Regent Trading Estate is relatively flat and on one level, but due to its nature the terrain is rough and uneven in places – please wear appropriate footwear. The area is wheelchair accessible and there are seating areas around the site. If you have accessibility requirements and have any specific questions please contact us at


Entry to all stages are subject to capacity. If our security team advise you that the venue is at full capacity they will employ a one-in one-out policy for your safety so please be patient with them.


If you want to plan your day, a clashfinder is available via our website – you can find it here. There will also be programmes available at the Entrance gate which will include stage times so make sure you pick one up.  Line-ups and running times are all subject to change – you can listen to our official Spotify playlist to get yourself in the mood here.


Our official afterparties take place from 10-4am at YES and 11-5am at The Pint Pot. SFTOC wristband holders will have priority entry, subject to venue capacity.

Read all about them here:

Keep up to date with everything on the day on Twitter and Instagram – @SFTOC. If you’re taking a picture of anything, be a pal and tag it with #SFTOC.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Quindecennial celebration!