Sounds From The Other City

May 13, 2019

SFTOC Quindecennial Audience Survey

Photo by Joe Smith

We want to make SFTOC the best festival it can be so we’ve put together a survey which will go towards shaping the future of the festival – we couldn’t do it without you and we want to know your thoughts and feedback.

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a cash prize of £50.

You can complete the survey here or in the page below.

May 8, 2019

Gallery: Sounds from the Other City 2019 Quindecennial

That’s a wrap! Thanks to all the bands, volunteers, vendors, art directors, stage managers, bar staff, and everything else beside who made our Quindecennial such special celebration of all things Sounds – but most importantly, thanks to all who came down, drank, danced, and got involved with all the things that make our festival everything we know it to be. Thanks for sticking with us through a few hiccoughs (we’ll order more beer next year, we promise – and more toilets), and for carry on partying regardless. We’ll see you next year, down on Chapel Street, Sunday 3 May 2020.

May 5, 2019


Merry Christmas, everyone! SFTOC 2019 – and our Quindecennial celebration – is finally here! Doors open at 2pm, with our first act at 2:45pm: anyone looking to ensure they’re in to see that would be advised to turn up early, as there is likely to be a queue for entry for the first hour at least. You’re also reminded that it is highly recommended that cash is brought with you, as all of our bars are cash only due to limited wi-fi coverage. For more on does and don’ts, our last minute essentials post has got you covered. We’ll have a programme on the door for everyone to pick up, and you can plan your day in advance with our Clashfinder here.

Once again, there will be NO TICKETS AVAILABLE ON THE DOOR, and Skiddle’s resale option goes offline at midday: this year’s capacity is super-limited, and we’re unable to make any exceptions.

Before we move on from bars – we’ve also got our menu available to peruse, in conjunction with our good friends at Magic Rock. Those 3 for £10 offers might just be the most popular act at the festival

We’ve also got a LAST MINUTE ADDITION to the bill: All the way from São Paulo, Brazil we present a last minute and super exciting addition to the Band on the Wall stage at caustic coastal. Don’t miss a super intense DJ takeover in-between bands, bringing you the latest sounds and moves from across the Atlantic.

Static are independent music producers DJ Akinn and DJ Shaolin will bringing the best of Brazilian funk. They will be joined by dancers from coletiva ocupação who are in the city to perform their show When It Breaks It Burns.

Remember to tag us in on social media – we’re @SFTOC across the board – as well as to enjoy SFTOC responsibly. Merry Christmas – we’ll see you from 2pm until… well, whenever we all get to bed.

May 4, 2019

1 DAY TIL SFTOC | Last minute essentials

Well, we’re almost there: the best day of the year is tomorrow. We know your heart is ready, but there are some last minute essentials that will help you get the most out of our Quindecennial celebration. Here’s all you need to know ahead of the day itself – we’ll see you at Regents Trading Estate tomorrow.


Opens at 2pm – Last entry at 9pm.

Wristband exchange takes place at the entrance to the festival site on Oldfield Road. For sat nav purposes the nearest point of reference is Mr Cook, 1 Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Rd, Manchester M5 4DE.


Please download or print out your tickets to help speed up the entrance process. Early on, there will likely be queues at the entrance which we will endeavour to move through as quickly as possible – so if you want to see the opening acts, including the one-off BBC Philharmonic x Young Identity show at 2.45pm, we advise arriving early. There will be NO TICKETS available on the day: resale is available through Skiddle at face value here: Please be aware that scammers selling false/non-existent tickets has been on the rise on social media in recent years for all events, and we strongly advise against buying tickets through any means other than Skiddle – doing so through any other platforms puts yourself at the risk. Find out more about resale here:


We strongly advise bringing cash on the day. Due to limited facilities on site, all of the bars will be CASH ONLY. There is no cash machine at Regent Trading Estate but there are nearby ATMs at the Co-Op (closes 10pm), Costcutter, Sainsburys and some local newsagents. Be warned that ATMs in the local area often end up with large queues and a shortage of available funds – so bringing cash on your way to the festival is advised.


There will be bag and wand checks at the site entrance, therefore we request that bag size is kept to a minimum in order to reduce delays.


As we’re on an enclosed site for this event there are some items that we can’t allow through the entrance: please don’t bring food or drink into the festival, there will be a great selection of food stalls and bars to take advantage of (see below). No controlled substances please. No glass, cans or metal containers. Nothing that could be explosive, flammable or is likely to be used as a weapon.


There are four food vendors at Regent Trading Estate: Honest Crust pizzas, Dim Sum Su, Seitan’s Kebabs and Diamond Dogs hot dogs. We are operating a 50% veggie/vegan menu across the site. All of our bars will be serving a choice of award-winning Magic Rock craft beers (all vegan) plus Swansong Coffee will be offering a selection of tea, coffee and hot chocolate. Find out more here.


Unfortunately dogs (other than assistance dogs) and all other pets are not permitted at this year’s festival as we feel we are unable to offer a suitable environment for the welfare of our animal friends at Regent Trading Estate.


Once you have collected your wristband you are free to come in and out of the festival site at Regent Trading Estate at any time. Please note however that you will have to undertake a bag search each time you enter the site and there will be no fast-track queue for wristband holders which may mean another wait at peak times. We’re also a fringe event at The Eagle Inn, which you can find out more about here:


Regent Trading Estate is relatively flat and on one level, but due to its nature the terrain is rough and uneven in places – please wear appropriate footwear. The area is wheelchair accessible and there are seating areas around the site. If you have accessibility requirements and have any specific questions please contact us at


Entry to all stages are subject to capacity. If our security team advise you that the venue is at full capacity they will employ a one-in one-out policy for your safety so please be patient with them.


If you want to plan your day, a clashfinder is available via our website – you can find it here. There will also be programmes available at the Entrance gate which will include stage times so make sure you pick one up.  Line-ups and running times are all subject to change – you can listen to our official Spotify playlist to get yourself in the mood here.


Our official afterparties take place from 10-4am at YES and 11-5am at The Pint Pot. SFTOC wristband holders will have priority entry, subject to venue capacity.

Read all about them here:

Keep up to date with everything on the day on Twitter and Instagram – @SFTOC. If you’re taking a picture of anything, be a pal and tag it with #SFTOC.

We look forward to seeing you tomorrow for our Quindecennial celebration!

May 3, 2019

Amelia Crombleholme profiles The Orielles

The Orielles

The Orielles – played last year, and return in 2019 as champions this time out

Ahead of making their return to Salford this Sunday to play Sounds from the Other City for Heavenly Records, we asked writer Amelia Crombleholme to profile the band. The 24 months since their debut SFTOC have been enormous, and we can’t wait to have them back this Sunday.

The Orielles are from Halifax, made up of sisters Esme Dee (vocals, bass) and Sidonie B. (drums) Hand-Halford, Henry Carlyle Wade (guitar, vocals), and Alex Stephens (keys). The band met as children and have played together ever since. Several of the members were still in their teens and at university while recording the 2018 debut album, Silver Dollar Moment, at Manchester’s EVE studios.

The Orielles embrace a DIY aesthetic, inspired by 90s alternative bands such as Pixies and Sonic Youth. Silver Dollar Moment (a name for “anything that’s unexpectedly brilliant”) ranged from garage rock to disco-inspired pop and was widely acclaimed. They are also heavily inspired by film, particularly the works of Quentin Tarantino, and their single Let Your Dog Tooth Grow was named after an earlier work by The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos. Their videos are often shot as mini films with a narrative.

The band made their SFTOC debut in 2017, and this Sunday they will return to play Unit 3 alongside Heavenly Recordings label mates Working Mens Club. In the intervening 2 years between they’ve not been slacking, touring all over Europe and playing many festivals including Y Not and End of the Road.

They’ve also been recording their second album; and while they’ve yet to release any new material, they recently shared a playlist full of tracks that inspired them. Judging from the range of artists, including CAN, Wilko, and Brian Eno, we can expect the new album to be even more experimental and creative.

Sidonie has become a Mental Health First Aid Champion for the Mind Map. She says: “I meet and work with a lot of people on tour who struggle with their mental health. In the past I might have waited for them to approach me, but now I’d have more confidence to reach out.”
She has also co-started Boogie Bitches, a “female-led DJ collective in the North of England.”

The Orielles play Unit 3, 9.30pm