This year laid witness to some of our most adventurous programming to date, Ex-Easter Island Head and an ensemble from BBC Philharmonic, together they created and performed a brand new composition in a shop shell at the soon to be completed Vimto Gardens, whilst Sara Lowes led 9 other musicians in 40 minute monster composition on the historic site of the Battle of Bexley Square.
We moved into a brand new space at the New Bailey Arches, a cavernous warren of arches that saw Sways Records present the hugely ambitious “Ring Cycle’, best described as ‘a very fucked up Jools Holland’ and one of the best performances of the day from Blacklung on the Rings last cycle.
Simultaneously, packed out shows from Jane Weaver, LA Priest, Pinkshinyultrablast, Black Josh and Sauna Youth had the whole site popping off itself for the whole day, whilst the whole thing was tied together and torn apart by the Costumologists and Faux Queens rabid, pinata fuelled “Micro Cosmic Delirium‘, perhaps nowhere better illustrated than their truly uplifting collaboration with Barberos at the Old Pint Pot.
‘Pound for pound one of the best all day festivals in the country’ The Skinny
‘Its the best advert Salford can have, aside from the BBC and the Lowry, SFTOC shows you a glimpse of the real Salford, one that is evolving and becoming rather exciting’ Music OMH
‘A roulette-style sense of occasion, by placing some of the most forward thinking artists around in spaces that you would never otherwise expect to catch them in a million years’ Far Out Magazine
The promoters for Sounds from the Other City 2015 were:
Sways Records, Fat Out, WotGodForgot, BBC Philharmonic, Now Wave, Video Jam, Red Laser Records, El Diablos Social Club, Gizeh Records, The International 3, Gesamtkunstwerk, Annex Agency, Faktion, Little Red Rabbit, Good Afternoon, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Wet Play, Tru Luv, Hey! Manchester, Faux Discx, Grey Lantern, Sham Bodie, Red Deer Club, Samarbeta, Bad Uncle, Ono Tesla and Sacred Tapes.
The musicians, performers and djs that performed were in no particular order:
The Costumologists, Christeene, Jane Weaver, Zun Zun Egui, Cale Tyson, Will Varley, Brown Brogues x PINS, Pinkshinyultrablast, Barberos, Denim & Leather, Lakes of Snakes, Mike O’Neill, Creeping Heat, Michael Holland , Brain Machine Radio, D/R/U/G/S, Voodoo Black (Sparkz, Dubbul O, Ellis Meade, DJ Cutterz), Bhrisc, Deadbear, Black Josh, Charlie Cocksedge (MONEY), Loftt , Ella Deacy + Abi McVeigh, Gengahr, LA Priest, Real Lies, R. Seiliog, Groves, Jupiter-C,Beach BabyEsper Scout scored selected visuals by Joe Whitmore, Hartheim scored ‘Emak Bakira‘ by Man Ray, Acre Tarn scored live visuals by Joe Whitmore, Metaphysical Human scored ‘Cosmodrome’ by BlackLab, Paper Dollhouse, Normal Love , Irma Vep, Fliss Horrocks, Composition, Jen Calleja, Cold Pumas, Sex Hands, Sauna Youth, Sealings, Housewives, Tense Men, Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow , Hookworms, Sonic Pleasure (aka Marie-Angelique Bueler), Ben Gwilliam, Lee Patterson, Matt Wand, Wasp Nest, Pumping Iron, Garth Be(Sweet Sticky Records), Eggs Collective, Quippodrome, PINS (Acoustic set), Sean Morley, Sam & Tom, Will Setchell, Brown Brogues (acoustic set), Tony Basnett, Barbara Nice, Sara Lowes, Liz Green, Songs for Walter, Phill Howley, Aidan Smith, Najia Bagi, Jote Osahn, Raz Ullah, Chris McGrath, Neil C Young, Paddy Steer, Silverclub, Ruf Dug, Il Bosco, Disco Mums, BBC Philharmonic Ensemble, Ex Easter Island Head, Last Harbour, Lazarus Clamp, Naked (on drugs), Tomorrow we Sail, Fieldhead, Rian Treanor, Guildford Squad, NPLGNN, Hess, Vulj, Danny Saul vs Sam Weaver // David Birchall // Sam Andreae & Andrew Cheetham Trio // Chris Anderson // Callum Higgins // John Dean & David McLean // Jeu // Playacting // Hot Shorts // Wilderness Hymnal // Groves // Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs // Baby Brave // Doctrines // Fists // Junk (play the hits of Jesus & Mary Chain) // Hate Your Friends (play the hits of The Lemonheads) // VF Big Band Karaoke, Mother, Parade, Kyogen, Blacklung, Kraken, Ezo (on drugs), A String Quartet, Golden Hank Mondo, Onika, Croww, Faux Queens