Sounds From The Other City

May 2, 2018

4 DAYS TO GO | Stage Times and Clashfinder

As much as we try to keep all the Sounds content fresh, relevant, and interesting, deep down we know that all you’re really interested in is seeing the stage times. Interviews with bands, previews of stages, exclusive behind the scenes sneak peeks? They pale in comparison to the might of the clashfinder, and all those lovely lovely stage times. So, here we go: who are we to deny the public of what you want for one second more. Now is the time to start mentally planning your day, plotting the way your Sunday will go (before losing track about an hour in, as per blimming usual!). Ah, the japes that we’ll have.

Click here to visit this year’s Clashfinder. Enjoy!

Please note that the wristband exchange this year is located at Carpino Place Showroom, and opens at 2pm. We do expect queueing – so please plan accordingly.

While you’re here, we’ve got a little bit of admin to do. Due to unforeseen circumstances for the band, Boy Azooga’s set on the Heavenly Records stage will be performed solo. The locations of Now Wave’s stage and the SoundsTown Academy of Painting & Decorating have now swapped over, with them each in Unit 4 and Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate respectively – we’ve got a little bit of SoundsTown goss on that coming your way later. Any further announcements regarding changes will be made, as ever, on the website.

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 1, 2018

5 DAYS TO GO | Introducing fivefourStudios, Hotbed Press & Le Cassis

One of the many joys of Sounds i the chance to visit parts of sunny Salford that you may not otherwise get chance to venture to: and with our list of venues changing every year, that’s always the case. Of this year’s crop, we’ve got three complete newbies: 54 Studios, Hotbed Press, & Le Cassis. Here’s a little intro to them for those who haven’t been lucky enough to take a visit yet.

fivefourstudios

Where is it?
54 Oldfield Rd, Manchester M5 4LZ

Who is there?
Band on the Wall (Studio 1)
Tru Luv (Studio 2)
Comfortable on a Tightrope (Loft)
High Hoops (afterparty)

What they say:
fivefourstudios offers up to 600 sqm of high-spec photographic studio space split over three self-contained, fully-serviced photographic studios, including a drive-in studio with infinity cove and a full daylight studio.

Each of the pure white studios features differing levels of controllable natural light, as well as private bathrooms, hair and makeup suites and separate lounge and dining areas.

The venue also boasts an elegant and relaxed bar, and a private lounge, both of which are available to clients. All studios are served with air-conditioning, 3-phase power, high-speed wifi and a secure, gated car park. Read More

What we say
With three great stages, this is easily going to be one of the main hubs of Sounds this year. Whatever you do, make sure you take a visit at some point during the day.

Hot Bed Press

Where is it?
Casket Works, First Floor/The, Cow La, Salford M5 4NB

Who is there?
Bound Art Book Fair presents Bound x Sounds (Upstairs)
Grey Lantern (Downstairs)
Cong Burn (Yard party)
Hot Dog Eating Contest (In the yard, of course)

What they say:
Here at Hot Bed Press we are dedicated to the support and promotion of everything print. We have grown over the last 11 years, since moving into The Casket Works. We are now one of the largest open access print workshops in the UK.

We boast 8 screen beds, 5 etching presses, 2 Albions, a Columbian and Gem letterpress press, as well as many more smaller presses, a great letterpress resource with over 200 cases of type from small to large wooden type and lots more besides.

We always welcome new members and our courses offer anyone with an interest in printmaking, letterpress and book arts the opportunity to get started or to learn more from experts in the field. Like printmaking as a whole we are always adapting and developing new ways of working whilst carrying on age old traditions practiced by the masters.

Above all we are friendly and welcoming and the atmosphere here is quite simply a creative hub and a great working environment. Read More

What we say:
Sounds veterans Grey Lantern are making the place their own, while our own collaboration with Bound Art Book Fair and the Cong Burn yard party in the sun are going to be unmissable.

Le Cassi’s

Where is it?
LE CASSI’S, VIMTO GARDENS, CHAPEL STREET, SALFORD, MANCHESTER, M3 5JF

Who is there?
BIMM X TOP OF THE HILL X ELLA HENRY

What they say:
We provide the north west with a vibrant coffee lounge come wine bar – providing appetizers, gourmet coffee and luxurious wines from around the world.

We teamed up with exceptional designers and architects who have helped us bring our concept to life.
So if you are looking for an afternoon business meeting, somewhere to study or a night out with co-workers, family or friends we have everything to make your day comfortable or your evening memorable.

Check out our events page for up coming events and promotions!! We look forward to welcoming you into our Lounge!

What we say:
Our most recently announced stage, and definitely one people should check out for some of the freshest talent around. A beautiful space, and right in the heart of the action.

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 1, 2018

Interview | Simon Catling of Grey Lantern

Since joining the Sounds From The Other City roster way back in the distant days of 2011, Grey Lantern have blessed festival attendees with an annual party that’s earned the promotions team the reputation of being certified Manc royalty. Daisy Summerfield chatted to founder Simon Jay Catling about what got him started down the promoting route, his favourite SFTOC memoirs – and what part of this year’s festival he’s most buzzing for: 

Hi! Please introduce the Grey Lantern team:

You’re talking to them! At one point Grey Lantern was a multi-person operation, but since 2012 it’s just been me putting shows on mostly in Manchester and Salford, with the occasional foray across the Pennines to Leeds for those occasions when I really have money burning a hole in my pocket.

What made you delve into the world of gig promoting? 

I was more invited into it really – the first shows I was ever involved in were at the Bay Horse alongside some friends who were keen to start doing live shows and asked me to help out. Naively enthused by Radiohead’s In Rainbows campaign, we operated under a pay-what-you-want system which, while financially crippling, made for some really fun events in the Thomas Street pub’s basement.

I’d come out of Uni and gone into music journalism at the time, but got the live promoting bug pretty heavily at this point, and wanted to continue down that path out of some vague but strong desire to do more to help the acts I was writing about. I took a short internship at what turned out to be the last In The City Festival soon after and from there things have kind of just…kept going! I’ve been fortunate enough to work with some very lovely people, some brilliant musicians and in some fabulous spaces.

It’s your sixth time in seven years working alongside Sounds From The Other City. What are some of your fondest festival memories?

My favourite performance is probably one from before I was promoting, seeing Chrome Hoof at Islington Mill in 2010 which was just a mesmerising blur of colour and rhythm and encapsulated Sounds From The Other City perfectly, stumbling across someone who at the time I knew nothing about being blown away by them.

Out of the the line-up’s I’ve been involved in there’ve been almost too many to mention – the chaotic first year upstairs at the Black Lion where I had even less idea of what we were doing than I do now, and Kompakt techno duo Walls had to balance their gear on bar stools and we ended up running over an hour late; Japanese trio zZz’s spiky, abrasive post-punk at the Pint Pot 2014; the 2015 Angel Centre takeover with Faux Discx Records which remains my outright favourite year despite some stiff competition; Snapped Ankles converting a couple of hundred people who knew nowt about them last year at Caustic Coastal and Flamingods subsequently packing out the warehouse with a storming headlining performance after them. Every year has thrown up something special that’s made the whole thing worthwhile.

This year’s SFTOC looks to be the biggest yet – thanks to you hosing the likes of Lorenzo Senni and Not Waving. What part of the festival are you most looking forward to?

It’s rare you get to see much outside of your own stage so it’s hard to say anything beyond our line-up! Lorenzo Senni and Not Waving are the big hitters of course but Happy Meals, Xam Duo and Virginia Wing are all firm Grey Lantern favourites and it’ll be great to welcome them back. I am really excited for Kayla Painter coming up from Bristol; she mixes vocal elements and found sounds/samples with oddly structured beats to create really atmospheric work. Then She The Throne deal in dark and foreboding electronica.

Given my day job as live booker for Soup Kitchen it’s going to feel like a home away from home at Hot Bed Press on the weekend, with our clubs promoter John bringing his Cong Burn crew down to DJ in the courtyard outside and one of our resident DJs Rob Parkinson curating the upstairs as the Bound Art Book Fair – should be a lot of fun!

How would you describe Salford’s music scene – and what makes the city special to you? 

I don’t know if it’s really fair for me to comment given I live down in south Manchester, but whenever I am up that way it definitely has a different vibe to it than Manchester – the area is changing hugely of course but still has a feeling of the hidden away, a place to explore and to have the freedom to do things away from the spotlight.

I’ve had great shows at both Eagle Inn and The White Hotel recently and with folks like Market working hard to put the Old Pint Pot on the regional map musically and exciting rumblings about forthcoming events at St Philip’s Church it seems likes there’s a real network of venues developing in Salford!

One of the key things to Sounds’ enduring success, I think, is its ability to adapt to the changing environment around Chapel Street – and although walking around there feels very different than it did even a couple of years ago, it still seems like a really fertile place musically, most importantly with new faces coming through with their own ideas and enthusiasm.

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 1, 2018

5 DAYS TO GO | Map of SFTOC, and your keys to SoundsTown

With this year’s edition of the festival being one of the biggest yet, planning your journeys between venues has never been more important. More venues, more stages, more vibes. In addition, we’ve also got to bonus of having the fictional SoudsTown layered over the very real surrounds of Chapel Street – so if you need to get from Reform radio’s Stage at Golden Balls Disco (aka The Egerton Arms) to Heavenly Recordings at Le Bump Discotheque (Unit 2 Regent Trading Estate), we’ve got you covered. As long as you’ve Google Maps on your phone,this custom map should sync up with the app once you click this link (make sure to view in app if at all possible), or simply have a look and get pre-planning below.

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.

April 30, 2018

Interview | White Room

Ahead of Sounds, we always like to have a few chats with some of the acts that you’ll be watching on the big day – and our intrepid reports have surpassed themselves this time out. Having earned much buzz with their double EP Eight last year, White Room are a band that are “A TRANSPORTIVE JOURNEY THAT RIPS APART YOUR EXPECTATIONS AND SLUICES THE MULTI-COLOURED DEBRIS INTO YOUR IMAGINATION” according to Clash Magazine. SFTOC’s Connor Synnott spoke to the Brighton-based five-piece ahead of their performance for Market at the Old Pint Pot at this year’s festival.

Could you introduce White Room please and tell us a little about how you formed?

Hi I’m Jake and I sing and play Mellotron for White Room. We’ve also got Tristan on guitar, organ and synth, Jacob on guitar and backing vocals, Josie on bass and vocals and Hen on drums. Josie joined us about a yeah and a half ago, but the rest of us have been playing together since school days in various incarnations of the band.

How did the name ‘White Room’ come about?

Well, when we began to start getting much more serious about the band and our music began to take a new direction and maturity we decided to find ourselves a new name. White Room is meant to represent that blank canvas we gave ourselves to create a whole new musical journey. Originally it was The White Room Project but we soon dropped the The and Project.

Late last year you released your double EP ‘Eight’ aside from this what have been your highlights as a band so far?

I think the Eight tour at the end of last year was really special actually. The Brighton, London and Manchester shows were all sold out and going out playing Eight in its entirety for the first time felt like a real turning point for us. The Eagle Inn show for the tour was actually with Strange Days as well so it’s going to be great playing the Strange Days stage for the festival this year.

Who are your major influences? Do you think they’ve had an impact on the creative process and what’s on the double EP?

A few of the big influences in Eight were Flaming Lips, St. Vincent, Talking Heads, Frank Zappa and Jagwar Ma. Of course Bowie, Beatles and The Beach Boys and Pink Floyd all had a part to play in the inspiration too haha.

What is the music writing process like? Do you use a formula when writing your songs or is every song different depending on the situation or content of the song?

No we tend not to stick to one way of writing, it can spark from plenty different situations. We do however develop a lot in the demo stages when we’re just recording the ideas.

White Room

How would you describe your sound?

I guess I’d say it’s experimental rock with a glaze of synth pop and baggy beats?

What do you think makes you different from other bands on the scene?

I don’t think theres really anyone else out there putting together a sound like ours currently but also our live performance is certainly something puts us aside from other bands on the scene too-or so we’re told-but come and see for yourselves.

Describe your typical fan

Well our youngest so far is 4. Ivy-Jane from Brighton who just bought Eight as her first ever record! Doubt she’ll get to many shows for a while though haha. We usually see a pretty decent cross section at the shows though, so no real typical fan.

You are playing at Sounds from the other city’s Strange Days stage. Are you looking forward to the festival, and do you have any particular acts you are looking forward to seeing?

Really looking forward to it! As I said earlier, we’re excited to work with Strange Days again and get back into Salford. Ed Schrader’s Music Beat, YOWL, Sorry are some of the bands on our list.

Apart from you, who else should we look out for this year?

Look out for Barbudo and Opus Kink. Also Afghan Sand Gang and Strange Cages too. All great bands.

What do you have in store for the rest of 2018?

We’ll be playing a few festivals over April/May (SFTOC included) and then we’re going to step out of the live game for a bit over summer to write and record a load of new material. Except 6th of June, where we’ll be supporting The Blinders in London.

Any last words ?

Toast, yellow and premonition.

Thanks for your time!

Thank you too.

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.