Sounds From The Other City

The SFTOC Quindecennial 2019

2 0 1 9 – the last SFTOC for another decade and our 15th birthday and what better way to mark that moment than going really, really….small! 1500 loyal custodians of the SFTOC vibe made their way down to Regents Trading Estate to celebrate our Quindecennial: a one-off event that attempted to condense everything we love about Sounds into one super-concentrated party. We welcomed back 15 of our favourite promoters to select their two most loved current acts and mixed them all up across 5 stages. 

For the first time ever, we actually managed to catch some of the live action, taking in Barney Artist’s laid back rhymes to the visceral punk of Cocaine Piss, the much hyped arrival of Black Midi and an early doors Black Futures performance that wouldn’t have been ill matched in an arena.

Meanwhile there was much merriment around the toilet queue with LAL’s “It’s all gone to shit’, some beautiful interventions in the warehouse units from some of our returning art director megamix and some very sweaty afterparty action.

We also learned a lot too, mainly that the SFTOC crowd are very thirsty and that we missed some of the magic of Chapel Streets many nooks and crannies. We’ll be back for another Quindecennial in 2034, till then there’s another 14 SFTOC’s to look forward to!


SFTOC Quindecennial Aftermovie

Take a journey though our 2019 festival, where we celebrated our 15th Birthday in style on Regent Trading Estate, as captured by Yohan Solo and his team. You can also read all about the day thanks to Emma Davidson's excellent review on our website now: https://www.soundsfromtheothercity.com/2019/05/20/sftoc-quindecennial-emma-davidsons-review-of-the-day/We'll see you back on Chapel Street in 2020. Directed, filmed & edited by Yohan SoloCamera operatives: Bronagh Rafferty & Victoria Barrera HowarthMusic: Nothing to Lose by See Thru Hands

Posted by Sounds From The Other City on Thursday, 23 May 2019


“an eclectic riot with myriad bizarre art interventions and the occasional, equally baffling (but entertaining) anti-music experimentation” The Guardian (10 of the best city music festivals in the UK for 2019)

“strong line up” Time Out

“idiosyncratic, anarchic, bonkers, creative and totally DIY antidote to corporate festivals” NME

“Sounds From The Other City has always boasted a wonderful element of surprise and discovery… regarded by many as an antidote to the bloated, faceless feel of many big music festivals” Manchester Evening News

“a daring multi-venue exposition of fresh talent… Sounds From The Other City acts as both a platform and accelerator for the surrounding community” – Clash


2019’s promoters were: (in no particular order)

Partisan, OneFiveEight, Reform Radio, The Beauty Witch, Tru Luv, Bad Uncle, Hey! Manchester, Grey Lantern, Good Afternoon, High Hoops, So Flute, Strange Days, Heavenly Recordings, Young Identity, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Fat Out, Regal Disco, Kiss Me Again, Bluedot, Dots and Wolf, Chips with Everything, Me Gusta, Bound Art Book Fair, Marc the Printers, Salford Makers

2019’s artists were: (in no particular order)

Yama Warashi. Aadae. Accü. All Hands On Deck. Ménage à Trois. Avalanche Party. BABii. BBC Philharmonic. Young Identity. Working Mens Club. Black Country New Road. Handle. Black Futures. Spectres. Black Midi. SCALPING. Cocaine Piss. Gabe Gurnsey. ILL. Mikko Joensuu. Penelope Isles. Remover. Rose Mercie. See Thru Hands. Sneaks. Speakman Sound. The Orielles. Tirikilatops. Upset Stomach. Withered Hand. Woven Skull. Grotbags. Barney Artist. Frank & Hank. himHallows. IMPATV. Mariel Osborn. Stina Puotinen. Dave Bailey. DJ Acid Reflux. Young Pablo. Yohan. Atike. Yadhaj. Panda Palm. Danuka. Yadava. Sofie K. Baloo. Adj. Annabel Fraser. Miss Puerto Rico. Sunny Wray. Lowell Out of Quiet. King Bongos. LAL.