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 promotors, collectives and club nights.
Happening regularly on the MayDay Bank Holiday each year, SFTOC takes in a huge array of unusual places and spaces along Chapel Street,the historic heart of Salford and a stones throw from Manchester city centre. The festival has set up home in proper historic pubs such as The Kings Arms, The Crescent, The Rover Returns and the Black Lion, the beautiful St Philips and Sacred Trinity Churches, as well as community centres, train stations, phones boxes, crypts and kitchens, with the inimitable Islington Mill serving as the central hub each year.
This year we return to the streets of Salford on Bank Holiday Sunday May 5th, with stages being curated by amongst others; Mind on Fire Collective, Now Wave, Faktion, Fat Out til You Pass Out, Wet Play, Comfortable on a Tightrope , Hey! Manchester, Underachievers Please Try Harder.
Full list of artists and performers will be released here in early February.
A list of all our previous events can be found in the History section.
“Using lots of little quirky of the beaten track venues, Sounds from the Other City is one of the most exciting events in the region”– Clash Magazine
“Sounds From the Other City has always set its ambitions high, and deliberately avoided being just A.N other wristbands walk full of bands…as a veteran of all bar one of the event I have absolutely no uncertainty saying this was their best yet.” Manchester Music
“It’s the spirit of this festival that keeps us all coming back, the sense of celebration that in no way feels forced or phony, the prospect that you might bump into someone you know at any time, swapping stories and making plans to meet that may or may not come off. In so many ways, who you watch is beside the point.” - Chimp Magazine
“Sounds From The Other City is a proper home-grown festival, taking pride in showcasing local bands and local promoters’ tastes, with an ever-growing number of visual artists from its hub, Islington Mill, getting involved in shaping its present and future.” - Beardrock