And so it was, the 6th annual instalment of Sounds from the Other City,without a doubt one of our best outings yet, with some amazing music, performance and all round good times.
We moved things westside, bringing Islington Mill into the mix as a daytime venue for the first year, along with the glorious St Philip’s Church. Bring on the Dancing Horses brought quite simply one of the most ridiculous line-ups ever to a 200 capacity room upstairs at the Old Pint, with Wu Lyf, Dutch Uncles and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs those to play to packed house.
This year the obligatory rain was instead replaced by a brisk wind from Siberia but it didn’t dampen the spirits a tiny little jot. And lest we forget the appearance of the now legendary ‘Telephone Showbox’, where lucky punters won a ticket to a one off telephone performance from a host of characterful musicians from around the world, perhaps typified best by Andrew WK‘s words of wisdom washed down with a Guinness and Orange. A really special moment.
“It’s a sell out year for Manchester promoters’ annual excursion across the Irwell. There’s no doubt that it’s stronger – if not bigger – than ever. This year’s event was so good it could be used as propaganda for the area. It flattered the region” – Artrocker
“moves to grow the fabulous Sounds From The Other City Festival into a 12-hour occupation of every venue on the Chapel Street corridor is just about the finest thing that could have happened to Salford in a very long time.” – Manchester Evening News
“It may have taken a big step up this year, but Sounds from the Other City – and Islington Mill itself – has retained the spirit of defiant invention and personality that has often been lacking in the gentrified bigger city just down the road.” – CreativeTourist.com
“SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY really is an annual wake up call. It’s the first UK city music festival on the calendar and since 2005 and has proven itself to be both a barometer for tomorrow’s sounds and a reliable, ingenious and innovative artistic platform with an anything-goes attitude.” – Manchestermusic.co.uk
THE PROMOTORS WHO MADE IT ALL MAKE SENSE THIS YEAR WERE: Bring on the Dancing Horses, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Lamb & Wolf, Mind on Fire, WotGodForgot, Mount Pleasant, Paradox, Postcards from Manchester, Room Tones, SWN, Hey! Manchester, Your Mama’s Cookin’
AND THE SOUNDS COMING FROM THE OTHER CITY WERE MADE BY: Fujiya & Miyagi, Egyptian Hip Hop, May 68, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Wu Lyf, Dutch Uncles, Talk Normal, Dinner Party, Hotpants Romance, Way Through, Pheromoans, Waiters, Sex Hands, Leveret, Girl Mountain, No Womb, Maria & The Gay, David Henry, Cartune Xprez, Chrome Hoof, Bo Ningen, Divorce, The Pharmacy, Klaus Kinski, Breaking Colts, Twisted Robot djs, The Laze, The Legend of the 7 Black Tentacles, Kelpe, Sirconical, Io Monade Stanca, Levenshulme Bicycle Orchestra, Borland, Go Lebanon, Frazer King, Dee Campbell, Uncle Meat and the Highway Children, The Scrotes, Neil Bell, Jemima Foxtrot, Thick Richard, Frank Sidebottom, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Islet, Windmill, Help Stamp out Loneliness, Just Handshakes (We’re British), The Cavalcade, Alexander Tucker, The Boats/Danny Norbury, A Middle Sex, Dean McPhee, Seasons (Pre-Din), Ithaca Trio, Operations/Appetites, Thomas White, Y Niwl, At Swim Two Birds, Tim and Sam Band, Jesca Hoop, Jo Rose, Jasmina Maschina, Elvis in Disguise, Serious Sam Barret & David Broad, The Graveyard Shift, Hank Haint, Zacc Rogers, Liz Green