Sounds From The Other City

Sounds From The Other City 2014


1922074_826481860700456_1322665736_nAs we hit a decade of running SFTOC, we pulled together an event that pushed us to pastures new and managed to become the most fitting celebration of 10 years of party that we could have ever imagined.

We set up an outdoor stage for the first time on Bexley Square and invited music/film Collective Video Jam along to set up shop, in hindsight a ridiculous move as translucent tents weren’t envisaged for cinematic experience, but we figured it out in the end.  We invited The Volkov Commanders to join us as art directors and and they set about staging ‘The Summoning’, a seance with a difference that unfurled the characters of SFTOC posters past and unleashed them onto the streets of Salford, new venue First Chop Brewing Arm got involved and stole the hearts of many on their visit as the combination of Hey! Manchester’s, as ever, on point programming combined with sunshine and lounging in the outdoor garden to make for a perfect day.

And thats before we even mention the music of which there was more than any one human could take in, from the Faktion/Deep Hedonia Art Rave at St Philips Church that rounded off with Lee Gamble and Karen Gwyer to Golden Teacher completely tearing down the Crescent. At University of Salford’s campus Now Wave hosted manc favourites PINS and Bernard & Edith at Peel Hall and Fat Out and The Volkov Commanders transformed the enormous spaces of Maxwell Hall into an intimate pyramid stage which Shield Patterns used to full effect before Sly and The Family Drone marched it around and around!


The promoters for Sounds from the Other City 2014 were:, Now Wave, Gizeh Records, Fat Out, Buried Bones,Wot God Forgot, Grey Lantern, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Chew Disco, Tru Luv, Deep Hedonia, Faktion, Dub Smugglers, Mind on Fire, El Diablos Social Club,  Bad Uncle, Record Fair, Hey Manchester, Video Jam, SMS, Work Them, One Five Eight Collective and Volkov Commanders as Art Directors

The musicians, performers and djs that performed were in no particular order: PINS / Bernard & Edith / Adult Jazz / ZZZ’s / Las Kellies / Eaves / Rosie Lowe / The Travelling Band performing Neil Young’s ‘On the Beach’ / Neon Waltz / Karen Gwyer / Kult Country / Rainer Veil / Pete Herbert / Islaja / Sly & the Family Drone / Charles Hayward / Shield Patterns / Thomas Truax / Golden Teacher / Shopping / 2 Billion Beats / Young British Artists / Horrid / Chantal Acda / bellied gunaiko / P.J. Philipson / Joyce D’Vision / O>L>A / Jo Rose / The Happy Soul / The Yossarians / Syncopation’s Light Hearted Sister / Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys / Acre Tarn / Flesh / Christopher Barrett / Miles Halpin / Broken Twin / Face & Heel / Mistoa Poltsa / Jason Boardman DJ / Solids / Babe / Gay / Happyness / Dub Smugglers Soundsystem / Grumbling Fur / Werkha / From the Kites of San Quentin / Plank / Picastro / Yong Yong / Juffrage / Fighting / Mind on Fire Residents / El Diablos Social Club DJS / Yellow Ostrich / Avec Sans / Girl Friend / Hartheim / Moses Gold / Lee Gamble & Dave Gaskarth present ‘Diversions 14’ / Theo Burt (The Automatics Group) debuts ‘Summer Mix’ / John T. Gast (Live) / Gaz Howells (Modern Love), Jonathan Herring, The Volkov Commanders

* All photos are courtesy of Mike Hughes, John Lynch, Alex Morgan and Riv Burns