Sounds From The Other City

May 5, 2018

1 Day To Go | SoundsTown merchandise, on sale tomorrow

Sounds always gives you memories to cherish forever – but wouldn’t it be good if you had some tangible to remember the day too? Something you could wear, maybe something you could frame and hang on a wall too? Well, isn’t this your lucky day – we’ve only got a selection of merchandise to pick up on the day to remember your trip to SoundsTown for perpetuity.

Designed by our daring artistic director duo of Stina Puotinen and David Bailey, we’ve got high quality tees and beautiful prints available for sale. The tee shirt is a tres chic I ♥ SoundsTown design (with the heart being the near literal heart of SoundsTown, the crazy arms guy), and the print memorialises the entire cast of SoundsTown. As modelled by SFTOC head honcho Riv below, you can grab yours from SoundsTown Hall (our wristband exchange) throughout the day, priced at the £10 for t-shirts, and £5 for prints.

Attendees also have the chance to get a free I ♥ SoundsTown badge, courtesy of our benevolent cartoon overlords. Limited numbers – see a picture of those little beauties below too.

See you in SoundsTown.

May 4, 2018

2 Days To Go | Food & Drink at Sounds from the Other City 2018

Sounds from the Other City means a lot of different things to different people. Some cherish the arts, others love finding new music, while some simply enjoy taking a trip out to Salford’s Chapel Street for a day in that fabled Other City. However, there’s one thing that brings us all together in advance of the day: we just want to know what we’re going to be eating and drinking on the day mate. Fret no more – here’s the smorgasbord of sumptuous offerings to sample at this year’s sunny Sounds.

THROUGHOUT THE SITE
Regent Trading Estate, Hotbed Press, Islington Mill, St Philips & fivefourstudios

Magic Rock Bars: Choice of award-winning craft beers from Magic Rock Brewery including High Wire, Dancing Bear and Salty Kiss. One of the best breweries in the world, doing their thing on the best day of the year. We’re proud to have them aboard once again this year. They’ve even spliced one of the main SoundsTown heads, turning Tubby Tyre into… Magic Tyre? Tubby Rock? We don’t know, but we love it. 

ISLINGTON MILL COURTYARD

Honest Crust Pizza

Honest Crust Pizza: As featured in the international guide on ‘Where to Eat Pizza’ these guys produce the finest wood-fired sourdough pizza in the land. Get ready for your expectations on what a pizza can be to get completely exploded. One of the best in the biz.

The Engine House Bar: Now a Sounds staple, the best place to either start your day with a bang, or to put the icing on the cake later on. Beer? Whisky? Pickles? Go to the Engine House entrance”

REGENT TRADING ESTATE

The MARC ART Bar: Based in the SoundsTown academy of Painting & Decorating each beer gets you a special riso print and all proceeds go to saving everyone’s local printers (Manchester Area Resource Centre).

Dim Sum Su Go Large: Join the Dim Sum Su revolution across 2 stalls at this years SFTOC, steamed buns, spring rolls, savoury dumplings, the infamous salt and pepper chips plus a whole lot more. A Stall for the Veggie/Vegans and one for the meat-eaters.  

Barnhouse Bistro: A Burger like no other, Barnhouse are back for a third year

HOT BED PRESS

Diamond Dogs: Hand crafted HotDogs made from scratch, smoked over English fruit woods including the official food of SoundsTown the ‘Chilli Dog Onion Ring of Fire’

fivefourstudios

Uber Tuber: Home style cooking on the move, specialist in Veggie and Vegan Fayre.

GK CAFE

Cakes and coffee from Chapel St’s newest addition

BEXLEY SQUARE

The New Oxford Beer Tent: Serving up the usual Belgian and craft beers

Deli Lama: Vegan hot dogs (Tofu Weiners) outside under the gazebo and possibly some Caribbean meaty offer in store for the meat heads(!)  

+++ Fresh food served all day at The Kings Arms, The Salford Arms, The Egerton Arms & La Cassis ++++

Sounds tickets have sold faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records. They’re gonna be all gone within the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who is playing, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

May 3, 2018

Introducing: Our wristband exchange, SoundsTown Hall

This year’s wristband exchange is located at SoundsTown Hall – aka Carpino Place Showroom (313 Chapel St, M3 5JY). FKA Carpino has even had a facelift for the day, being dressed up in traditional SoundsTown garb, with the fictional town’s mayor performing a ceremonial ribbon cutting at 2pm. Have a look at some of the pictures below to get a full vibe. This is part of the big SoundsTown takeover of Chapel Street – and this kind of majestic, quasi-fictitious beauty will be a staple of your day.

Please be aware that you will not be allowed entry to any of the stages without a wristband, and therefore a trip to SoundsTown Hall is the essential first stop on your Sunday. The exchange opens at 2pm, and closes at 9pm, at which point we will be unable to allow any further admittance to the festival, whether a ticket has been purchased or not: please plan accordingly.

Never been past Carpino Place before? Have a look at our map below – or

explore the full festival site map here.

Sounds tickets have sold faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records. They’re gonna be all gone within the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who is playing, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

May 3, 2018

3 Days To Go | Last Minute Essentials

SoundsTown Town Hall

With three days until Sounds From the Other City we just wanted to let you know some important information so you can make the most of your day and have the most amount of fun humanly possible. Here are all the logistics you need to know if you’re coming down to SoundsTown this Sunday.

Wristband Exchange
Opens at 2pm – Closes at 9pm.
The wristband exchange is located this year at Carpino Place Showroom (311-313 Chapel St, M3 5JY) AKA SoundsTown Town Hall.

It is next to Co-op and across the road from Salford Cathedral right at the heart of the festival site – as pictured!

Tickets

if you purchased tickets online, please print out or download your tickets to help speed up the process. Admittance to any venue will not be allowed without a wristband, so please head to the Wristband Exchange before you start your day. Early on, there are also liable to be queues at the exchange – so if you want to see any of the bands towards the beginning of the bill, we advise arriving early.

Cash

We strongly advise bringing cash on the day as a lot of bars and traders do not have card facilities. There are also limited cash machines on site, often with large queues and a shortage of available funds!

Food

There are food vendors situated across the site with main hubs at Regent Trading Estate, Hot Bed Press, fivefourstudios, Bexley Square and Islington Mill. These will all be taking cash on the day as well.

Stage Times  

If you want to plan your day, a clashfinder is available here, and a site map is available here. Jump in.

Individually Ticketed Events

Access to the following events is via separate individual tickets

  • BBC Philharmonic Ensemble x Laura Bowler x Rachel Goodyear present ‘Feminine Hygiene’ performance at  Salford Cathedral at 7.45 & 9pm
  • Bound x Sounds performances at the upstairs space at HotBed Press 5.30, 6.30, 7.30, 8.30pm

The individual ticketing is in place due to limited capacity in both spaces. To get into these performances, you will need an additional ticket that must be picked up at the wristband exchange. These are free of charge, but are liable to go very quickly.

Stage Capacities & Running Orders

Entry to all stages are subject to capacity and line-ups and running times are all subject to change. Keep up to date 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 on Sunday May 6th for Salford’s annual celebration of New Music, performance and art!

Sounds tickets have sold faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records. They’re gonna be all gone within the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who is playing, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.

May 2, 2018

4 Days To Go | Sharpie Tattoos at Salford Arms/Tattoos by Lou from 5pm

With Chapel Street being taken over by the fictional but all-too-real SoundsTown on Sunday 6 May, there are some changes afoot at some of our venues. The Salford Arms, for example, is becoming Tattoos by Lou, run by proprietor Lou Armstrong. Have you met Lou?

Naww bless, you’re in safe hands with LOU ARMSTRONG, the biggest arms in SoundsTown over at “Tattoos by Lou” aka Salford Arms and ft. Bad Uncle Gentle giant Lou Armstrong’s trigger finger is poised, and whether you’re a blank canvas or a pre-existing painted lady/gent, Lou has got a tattoo for you! Come get inked by the best in the biz. ////// *This message is brought to you by the SoundsTown Local Area Tourism Association Committee

Lou Armstrong

Lou Armstrong @ Tattoos By Lou

We’re please to reveal that Lou and his team will also be providing free sharpie tattoos at The Salford Arms Tattoos by Lou from 5pm through to… well, whenever their arms get tired. Go down and get yourself inked up, making sure you celebrate the day in true style. Take a look at some of their primo designs below – we’ll see you Sunday.

Sounds tickets have sold faster than ever before – get yours from Skiddle.com here: https://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/ and also in person from Siop Shop, Common, Font Chorlton & Piccadilly Records. They’re gonna be all gone within the next couple of days – don’t miss out.

With over 130 acts on the bill, audiences are sure to find a new favourite at this established proving ground for new artists. Take a look at our line up page for who is playing, or subscribe to our Spotify playlist to have a listen to many of the artists playing this year’s festival.