Sounds From The Other City

May 1, 2019

4 DAYS TIL SFTOC | Stage times clashfinder

We’ll let you have a little peak behind the curtain here: no matter what other pieces we do in the run up to SFTOC, there’s one thing that everyone wants above all else – stage times. So, as we enter the month of May and with only 4 days to go until our Quindecennial, we’re giving you what you want. Without much further ado, here’s our stage times for Sunday 5 May.

Please note that these times are subject to change – any changes up to the day will be reflected on the clashfinder, but not below and any schedule changes on the day itself will be reported across our social media channels.


Opens at 2pm – Last entry at 9pm


15:00 See Thru Hands
16:15 Withered Hand
17:30 Penelope Isles
19:00 Gabe Gurnsey
20:30 Speakman Sound
22:15 Mikko Joensuu


15:15 ILL
16:30 Aadae
17:45 Yama Warashi
19:15 Menage a Trois
20:45 Barney Artist
22:30 Scalping


14:45 BBC Philharmonic x Young Identity
16:00 Black Futures
17:00 Avalanche Party
18:30 Black Country New Road
20:00 Working Men’s Club
21:30 The Orielles
23:15 Black MIDI


15:45 Upset Stomach
17:00 Accü
18:30 Spectres
20:00 Trikillatops
21:30 Woven Skull
23:00 Cocaine Piss


15:15 Grotbags
16:15 Handle
17:45 Remover
19:15 Babii
20:45 Rose Mercie
22:30 Sneaks
23:15 All Hands On Deck


14:00 Watermelon Maracas
15:00 Outpost
15:45 Son of Bingo
16:30 Joe Sope
17:15 Cache
18:00 Sick Astley
18:45 Mr Breen
19:30 OneFiveEight

FRANK N HANK’S MAYPOLE DANCE: 15;30, 17:00, 18:45


14:00 Sharpie Tattoos and Face Painting
15:00 Chubby Bunny Challenge
16:00 Gurning competition
17:00 REGISTRATION – Hot Dog Eating Competition
17:30 Hot Dog Eating Competition
19:00 Slow Dance


April 30, 2019

SFTOC Quindecennial Sundance

For the last 6 years, we’ve had warmth guaranteed at Sounds thanks to one mysterious force: former Common legend/current Siop Shop supremo Iwan Roberts, and his annual Sundance. In the past, he’s burnt favourite toys from his childhood to appease the sun gods, become a giant and summoned the rays, and become a member of a cult in order to make sure that festival goers are blessed with rays.

After his BEST EVER performance last year – during which he had a little dance with the SoundsTown Crazy Arms Guy, he’s back once again to ensure summer in Salford this Sunday, with the little help of a shooting star. It is going to be glooooooorious! 5 days to go!

April 30, 2019

5 DAYS TIL SFTOC: All the lovely EXTRA BITS, including our the SFTOC Zine, Merch, and Quindecennial DJs

We’ve always prided ourselves at Sounds of stuffing as much in as possible to as little time and space as possible. In the past we’ve had Andrew W.K. do a gig to a single person in a telephone box, and this year we’ve got Life At Large providing entertainment in the queue for the portaloos, for example. As the big day approaches – we’re only FIVE DAYS AWAY NOW PEOPLE – we’re still getting as much as possible into the SFTOC Quindecennial experience to make sure that not a single second of your day goes to waste. Today, we’re shining a spotlight on the things you may have missed, that will take your day from 💯 to 💯💯💯, with all the requisite  SFTOC silliness that comes alongside it. Have a look at all the lovely extra bits you’ll be experiencing on the day below.

Tickets are now SOLD OUT – however, resale is available through Skiddle. If you need to sell a ticket you can’t use any more, or buy a ticket, you can find out more via our post here:


Our friends at Bound Art Book Fair will be setting up home in MARCs the printers where they’ll be working with photographer Ocean Farini to create and print a limited-run commemorative Quindeccenial zine on the day. Of the course of the day, they will be capturing events as they unfold, before putting it all together and making something truly special for Sounds fans to savour. Look out for the team on the site and you might be lucky enough to get hold of a copy or even feature in its pages and be forever part of SFTOC history.

More on the zine from Bound Art Book Fair:

We’ll be setting up home in MARC The Printers during Sounds from the Other City, where we’ll be working with artist Ocean Farini and writer & poet Tessa Harris to create and live print a limited-run commemorative quindeccenial zine celebrating Salford’s essential festival of music, performance and art.

Come say hello to our team on site and look out for the finished zine which we’ll be distributing across various venues well into the night…
Visit the Bound Art Book Fair website

More on Ocean Farini:

Ocean Farini’s practice works in and around themes of class, representation, family and humour.

She seeks to question, laugh with and offer an alternative to, both past and contemporary representations of women, ordinary people’s lives, the working-classes and disability.
Visit Ocean’s website here

More on Tessa Harris

Tessa Harris is a writer and poet currently at the Centre for New Writing, University of Manchester as a Commonwealth PhD candidate. She is interested in the formal techniques used in the combinations of text and image in narrative work. Born and raised in Windhoek, Namibia Tessa has had short stories and poetry published in Namibia, South Africa and the UK.


Join Salford Makers in the Unit 2 Fridge for their Psychedelic Printing Party. Get hands on with live printing of the official SFTOC merch with one69A and mind-bending marbling workshops. A kaleidoscope of music, making and dancing all day long! (Expect more news on this before the big day itself, too!)
More on Salford Makers

Salford Makers are a collective of artists, designers, educators and makers.

We work individually and collaboratively on a variety of commissions, design projects, product development and social enterprise
Visit Salford Makers website here



The OneFiveEight collective have been hosting parties, exhibitions and gatherings across the Northwest for 10 years and are part of the fine music makers and crate diggers that have graced the digital airwaves of Manchester’s favourite online station, Reform Radio.

As SFTOC regulars they return together this year to broadcast live from the Garden Bar all day. Expect a Smörgåsbord of dancefloor-centric music from across time and space.



An LGBT+ friendly ramshackle disco, the girls at Good Afternoon have been dropping Donna Summer records in old boozers since 08.For the SFTOC Quindecennial they are joined by their friend from Kiss Me Again and Chips With Everything for party vibes in the central bar area all day.


Bringing you wall-to-wall bangers from the luxurious Unit 4 indoor bogs. Party while you poop. Guaranteed fulfilment.

Of course, we’ve also got our amazing Art Directors who you’ve been getting to grips with through their Instagram takeovers, including…






…and the amazing L.A.L. crew, who *SPOILER ALERT* we’ll be featuring with a full piece this Saturday.

Only 5 days to go!

April 30, 2019

Sounds from the Other City Quindecennial tickets are SOLD OUT

With 5 days to go until Sounds from the Other City’s 15th edition, our Quindecennial is now completely SOLD OUT. As often mentioned, this year’s condensed format means we had a strictly limited capacity of 1,500 – with all of these now been sold, we will be unable to add any extra on the door. There may, however, be people who are looking to resell their tickets through Skiddle – these will always be at face value, and are the only way to guarantee safe & secure tickets. You can join the waiting list here:

At this point, we would advise that ticketing scams on social media have risen dramatically in recent years, with many people losing money to unscrupulous “resellers” who never in fact had tickets for the event of which they are selling. Anyone looking to buy tickets via social media or through another reseller platform does so at their own risk. If you are looking to resell a ticket you can no longer use, you can find out how here:

This has been a phenomenal response – and around the quickest that we have ever sold out. We look forward to welcoming you to Regent’s Trading Estate this Sunday for the best day of the year.


April 29, 2019

6 DAYS TIL #SFTOC | HimHallows Instagram takeover

Now we’re on the final strait and the Quindecennial is in sight, there’s only one way to celebrate: by handing over the Insta keys to a certified Sounds legend. HimHallows was done it all at SFTOC – worked behind the bar at Islington Mill Engine House, danced until sun-up (most years), helped clear-up the day after, and everything in between. Most notably, he was our artistic director back in 2016, having made himself a highly memorable custom the year before just to have a lovely time at Sounds in as part of the Volkov Commanders Parade. He’s back this year, of course, and we’re honoured that he’s letting you into his world with an all-day Instagram takeover. Follow all the action at

We’re down to about 50 tickets, which we reckon might be gone by the end of the day. Once they’re gone, they’re gone – we’ll have none on the door at this year’s festival thanks to our super-limited capacity. Don’t miss out:

HIMHALLOWS presents…⁣
On The Shores Of The Strange🌊⁣

Foggy heads and rocky souls are a combination for disaster, so this year himHallows has enlisted the lighthouse keeper to shine their beam, ensuring your course remains sure and true. In layman’s terms, that means he’ll be trying to keep you somewhat on the straight and narrow – or at least get you to the afterparties in one piece. So join the keeper on the Shores Of The Strange, feel the good energy of the lighthouse’s energising rays… and yell Land Ahoy! ⛵️💡⁣

The working name of Paul Hallows, himHallows is a mancunian artist and illustrator who’s obsessions range from dark films to concrete buildings and culinary design. From his base at the Engine House right here in Sunny Salford, Paul mostly illustrates and designs – but when he’s not doing that, he also likes to build things out of cardboard. He welcomed us to ‘The New Occult’ in 2016 when he Art Directed the festival. 👀📦⁣\