Sounds From The Other City festival (SFTOC) is a celebration of new music and performance, uniting the cream of the national and international scene with some of the city’s finest independent promoters, collectives and club nights. Happening regularly on the May Day Bank Holiday each year along the Chapel St corridor of the historic city of Salford, 2017 will be the festival’s 13th instalment – and the first time since 2006 it has been held in April. With the past 4 editions sold out well in advance of the big day, it is highly recommended that you get your tickets booked now!
Highlights include hotly tipped Londoners HMLTD, one of the first live shows for new project OTOMO X from Savages’s members, Fay and Ayse, Flamingods, sublime Americana from Simon Joyner, Heavenly Records’ Amber Arcades, Goat Girl and ethereal New Zealand RBMA graduate Fazerdaze, as well as some of the Northwest’s very best in including Horsebeach, IAMDDB, TVAM and The Lovely Eggs.
NTS radio return with another live broadcast line-up plus there is the final instalment in a trilogy of showcases with BBC Philharmonic & Ex Easter Island Head, this time joined by acclaimed performer / composer, Laura Cannell, at Salford Cathedral.
Continuing to push boundaries, SFTOC has teamed up a host of new labels and promoters this year including Heavenly Records, new Mcr-Sheffield promoters, Family Tree, Contact theatre’s spoken word collective, Young Identity, Swing Ting (Fact Magazine’s label of 2016), Hebden Bridge’s forward thinking InkFolk collective including DJ James Holroyd and visionary Manchester record label, Aficionado. The full line up, announced today, is listed below.
Founded in 2004, Sounds from the Other City brings over 2,000 people to the Chapel Street area each year, hosting some of the most innovative and exciting bands in the world. Previous guests include Sampha, Pumarosa, Lapalux, James Ferraro and Alt-J. While new music is a huge part of SFTOC’s appeal, the festival also works as a creative playground for artists, labels and promoters to test, explore and push boundaries.
In previous years they’ve teamed up with visual artists including the Volkov Commanders, Cosmologists and Him Hallows and 2017’s visual directors are IMPATV. The Islington Mill based duo hosted last year’s hit SFTOC.TV stage, and they’re expanding to take over the whole festival site this year, bringing live visuals, archive footage, set design and performance to create an elaborate, immersive experience called Sound of the New Dawn. Elsewhere, the famously free-thinking team behind Manchester’s The White Hotel will be transforming the historic King’s Arms into a specially commissioned immersive musical theatre show, 2000AD Plenty to look forward to then.
What? Sounds From The Other City
When? Sunday April 30th – Monday May 1st
Where? Various Venues, Chapel St, Salford, England
Tickets: Here or pick up at Common, Islington Mill, North Tea Power, Font Chorlton, Kings Arms and the Old Pint Pot (all bkg fee free) as well as at Piccadilly Records
More info: soundsfromtheothercity.com