‘News’ Category

Video Jam adds Daniel Weaver & Acre Tarn to line-up

March 27th, 2014

We were already super-excited to have Video Jam involved in Sounds from the Other City this year – but now we’ve got two more reasons to look forward to their stage in Bexley Square.

Having consistently been one of the most brilliant and challenging nights in the north, Video Jam have curated many notable evenings – perhaps most famously, their take-over of Manchester Art Gallery a few months ago. Featuring live collaborations between bands and film-makers, their tent at SFTOC should be one of the most weird and wonderful events of the whole festival.

Alongside their already dazzling line-up, Video Jam have just confirmed two more names for their stage, and we are proud to announce that Daniel Weaver and Acre Tarn will be performing at the festival. See the full line-up here, or listen to Daniel Weaver below (Acre Tarn are yet to release any music but, trust us, they’re great).


Help needed – volunteer at SFTOC

March 18th, 2014
This year celebrates 10 years of Sounds From The Other City, taking place on Sunday 4th May, and we want you to get involved to help us make this the best SFTOC yet! We are going to need all hands on deck at the event itself and there will be a few shifts beforehand to help us get the festival ready and get the word out.
We would appreciate your assistance with the following roles:
Box office
Venue Supervisors
Artist Liaison
Bar staff

In return we can offer
1 meal on the day
2 drinks on the day
A SFTOC T-shirt
Entry to the festival outside of volunteering times (obviously)
And, of course, our eternal gratitude
If you would like to help us out in any shape or manner, please drop us an email : jamieleigh.hargreaves (@) gmail.com
We will be in touch soon.

Neon Waltz, Young British Artists, Horrid & Jo Rose added to SFTOC bill

March 13th, 2014

Okay, so we know that the full list of who is playing Sounds from the Other City 2014 was announced last week – but we’ve just had a few more confirmations to take the festival to a whole different level.So, alongside the stellar names that have already been announced as coming to Salford on May 4th, we’re proud to announce the following additions…





Tickets £18 and are available in person, without booking fee from Piccadilly Records and Common Bar, or online through Skiddle here.

SFTOC 2014 Line-up revealed

March 7th, 2014

Salford’s finest festival of new music, Sounds From the Other City, returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 4th May; this time celebrating 10 whole years of throwing the mother of all May Day parties along the banks of the Irwell across Salford’s Chapel St.

For 2014, we’re pleased to welcome back seasoned promoters like Now Wave, WotGodForgot, Faktion and Hey! Manchester plus new faces like Video Jam, Dub Smugglers and Liverpool collective Deep Hedonia. There’s also a slew of new venues to explore too from the winding railway arch of First Chop Brewing Arm, the blacked out Bexley Square Tent and the magnificent grandeur of the University of Salford’s Peel Hall and Maxwell Hall.

Highlights of this year’s bill include the A/v Art Rave at St Philips Church with one-off performances from Pan Records Lee Gamble and Karen Gwyer (No Pain In Pop) right through to  a selection of the best in rising alt-pop with hotly tipped Adult Jazz and Bernard & Edith at Peel Hall as well as the blissful sounds of Rosie Lowe at The Angel Centre. SFTOC 04 veterans, The Travelling Band bring us a one off performance of Neil Young’s ‘On the Beach’, PINS return from their American travels , Glasgow’s Golden Teacher unleash their noise-punk/house hybrid as well as the full on punk onslaught of Japanese/New York three-piece ZZZ’s. On top of it all we welcome the return of long-term collaborators Volkov Commanders as they overtake the festival with their otherworldly creations.

Tickets £18 and are available in person, without booking fee from Piccadilly Records and Common Bar, or online through Skiddle here.


Now Wave @ Peel Hall


Bernard & Edith

Adult Jazz


Broken Twin

Face & Heel

Faktion & Deep Hedonia @ St Philips Church

Present an A/V Art Rave to commemorate 20 years since the passing of the Criminal Justice Act

Lee Gamble & Dave Gaskarth present ‘Diversions 14’

Karen Gwyer (Live)

Theo Burt (The Automatics Group) debuts ‘Summer Mix’

John T. Gast (Live)

Gaz Howells (Modern Love)

+ Organ intermissions from Jonathan Hering (Ex- Easter Island Head)

WotGodForgot & Grey Lantern @ Old Pint Pot Upstairs


Las Kellies

Kult Country

Mistoa Poltsa

Jason Boardman DJ

+ + more

Tru Luv @ The Angel Centre

Rosie Lowe

Avec Sans

Rainer Veil

Girl Friend


Moses Gold

Hey! Manchester @ First Chop Brewing Arm

The Travelling Band performing Neil Young’s ‘On the Beach’


Thomas Truax




Yellow Ostrich

Fat Out & Gizeh Records @ Maxwell Hall

Presenting a series of intimate performances in the round with

Sly & the Family Drone

Charles Hayward

Shield Patterns

Chantal Acda

bellied gunaiko

P.J. Philipson

Joyce D’Vision


Video Jam  @ The Bexley Square Tent


The Happy Soul

The Yossarians

Volkov Commanders

Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys

Christopher Barrett

Miles Halpin


Dub Smugglers, Mind on Fire & El Diablos Social Club at Islington Mill

Dub Smugglers Soundsystem

Grumbling Fur


From the Kites of San Quentin



Mind on Fire Residents

Pete Herbert

2 Billion Beats

El Diablos Social Club DJS


Comfortable on a Tightrope & Chew Disco @ The Crescent

Golden Teacher




Yong Yong


Chew Disco & COAT DJs


+ The SFTOC Social @ The Islington Mill Gallery

featuring Blind Date, Ken Lee Karaoke, Family Fortunes, the SFTOC House Band and a whole host of other variety show strength Saturday TV times on a Bank Holiday Sunday afternoon with hosts Lydia & Thick Richard and Bad Uncle Ben.

+ + The Record Fair @ The Deli Lama

Local, independent record fair selling tapes, vinyl and merch. Plus your one stop shop to buy all things SFTOC from band merch to our traditional tees and more. Run by Michael Holland of Ono Tesla there will be DJ sets throughout the day to enjoy with a good cuppa.

 + + + The Volkov Commanders return

Summoned back from the moon on their wooly mammoth, this year the Volkov Commaders take over the streets and stages of Salford. Expect to see snippets of their work across the site, various strange goings on and many (un) recognisable creatures.

Tickets on sale now

SFTOC DJs @ Friends in Common – A DJ set in 10 parts

March 5th, 2014

As part of Common Bar’s Friends in Common series, they’ve invited SFTOC head honchos Riv and Mark down to spin some tunes. To celebrate the 10th edition of the festival, the duo will be doing their very own DJ set in 10 parts (Sounds aficionados will get the reference there). Starting at 9pm, the deadly duo will be spinning 5 hours worth of track, each comprising of 30 minute self-styled genres. Grab a sneak peak as to what you can expect below – and don’t forget that you can pick up your SFTOC tickets from the Common bar while you dig the vibes, too, for £18 with no booking fee.











Revealed: Adult Jazz, Eaves & Bernard + Edith for Now Wave

February 21st, 2014

Returning to Sounds from the Other City (having last made an appearance at Sounds from the Other City 2010 when Hey! Manchester curated a line-up headed by Willy Mason), University of Salford’s Peel Hall space. Seating 360 people while still retaining a gloriously intimate feel, Now Wave are taking over the venue for SFTOC 14. Over the course of the past five year, Now Wave have put one some of the most memorable shows in Manchester, as well as bringing names such as Alt-JSampha and BiPolar Sunshine to SFTOC during our many collaborations with them.

We’re pleased to announce the first names to be playing their stage this year as…


Making their first Manchester appearance, Leeds’ Adult Jazz have been rightly tipped for enormous things. Already one of the hottest names in the music industry, those behind Adult Jazz – it’s difficult to find out exactly who is involved in the project – have become renowned off a series of videos and two incredible songs from their debut single, Am Gone / Springful.


The work of Leeds based Joseph Lyons, his tender, personal tracks have struck a chord with the thousands to have stumbled across his music


Two of Manchester’s most exciting, experimental young talents, Bernard + Edith have been expanding the boundaries of sound over the past few years. Heavily linked with seminal Salford label SWAYS, they’ve gained recognition from all across the country for their otherworldly, ethereal tracks.


Revealed: Golden Teacher, Islaja & Picastro to play for Comfortable on a Tightrope & Chew Disco

February 20th, 2014

A much loved venue of SFTOC past, we continue our long partnership with one of Salford oldest and most significant pubs, The Crescent. Well stocked with a selection of fine ales, beer and cider, they also know how to put on a great gig – with Parenthetical Girls show-stopping Underachievers farewell party performance at Sounds last year being a perfect example.

This year will see champions of the underground  Comfortable on a Tightrope take over. Having long been involved with the festival, they have an ear for melody and fuzz, with Sea Pinks, Apostille and Veronica Falls among their SFTOC alumni. Joining them will be one of our favourite local club nights, Liverpool/Manc queer DIY club night Chew Disco, who’ve brought a slew of fine debuts to their respective cities including Mykki Blanco and Ms Vaginal Davis.

Today, we’re proud to announce the first few names from their stage:


Picastro is the nomme de guerre of Elizabeth Hysen of Toronto, Canada. Over the course of five albums (the newest ‘You’ succeeds a collaborative split with Nadja) Picastro have dealt in meditative experiments taking as much influence from Greek Rebetiko and traditional Russian Folk music as The Fall and The Faces (whose songs they’ve covered to devastating effect). Employing a wide range of collaborators including Owen Pallett, Tony Dekker, Dwayne Sodahberk, Zak Hanna Picastro remain fearless in their experiments,which, however far they go, always retain a deep musicality and respect for ‘The Song’ and it’s ability to communicate what it is to be human and alive. In our mind Picastro has more in common with the Abstract Expressionist painters of the 20th Century than with most of her musical contemporaries but if you must have a reference point we nudge you towards Marika Papagika, Tara Jane O’Neil, Grouper Et Cetera


Ostensibly a collaboration between noise-punks ULTIMATE THRUSH and analog house producers SILK CUT, GOLDEN TEACHER immediately transcend any preconceived notions of side-projects, genre and possibilities. A swirling, propulsive, heavy and intoxicating mix of African percussion, Downtown NYC ’81 smarts and post-punk energy result in 100% dance-ability both live and on there two highly sought-after 12″s on the legendary Optimo Records of Glasgow who descibe them thusly: “hypno-psych voodoo groove…imagine imagine Arthur Russell’s Dinosaur L, Liaisions Dangereuses, mixed with a Shackleton edit of west African drumming”


Islaja is Merja Kokkonen, a visual artist and musician living and working in Berlin, Germany. Her debut album Meritie (Fonal, 2004) gained praise in international music media such as The Wire, Dusted Magazine and WFMU. The follow up release Palaa Aurinkoon (Fonal 2005) caused even more excitement and created quite a stir. 2007 saw the release of her third album Ulual yyy (Fonal 2006) and released a live cd “Blaze Mountain Recordings” on Ecstatic Peace label. Her latest album is called Keraaminen Pää and is released on Fonal Records September 14th 2010. Islaja records her music at home using a rainbow of instruments to accompany her personal vocal delivery sang in Finnish. She has already played numerous large festivals including Eurosonic, by:Larm, Sonar, Itsenäisyysyö at the B2 club in Moscow, Russia and All Tomorrows Parties 200 curated by Thurston Moore. Animal Collective invited Islaja to play a two week support tour with them in Europe


Revealed: ZZZ’s & Las Kellies for Grey Lantern & Wot God Forgot

February 19th, 2014

Two of our favourite promoters from Manchester who have been involved with the festival in various guises over the years, we’re pleased to be welcoming back Wot God Forgot and Grey Lantern. Hosting their stage at The Old Pint Pot – the location famously drank dry a few years back – it promises to be one of the highlights of day. Both specialising in the best in new music mixed with the finest in established acts as well, we’re proud to reveal the first two names from the line-up as…


Described as “amazing” by Savages after supporting them in Osaka earlier this year, and also a favourite of Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Japanese noise trio ZZZ’s exist brilliantly on the blurred edges of the familiar and alien. Steeped in Western post-punk and new wave influences, the three-piece take those recognised troupes and twist and distort them beyond all comprehension, throwing back out an artfully mangled mix of scything guitars and sharded distortion that clatter against their industrial backdrops. Formed in 2011, the group’s early EPs, Magnetica and Prescription, are two colossal blasts of 21st century rock vehemence – get ready to have your senses scrambled by your new favourite band.

Las Kellies

Signed to hugely-respected indie Fire Records in Britain, Argentinian trio Las Kellies’ music has always had a connection to our island, with guitarist Ceci, bassist Sofi and drummer Sil raising themselves on a diet of the more open-minded UK post-punk bands of the 70’s, including the Slits and The Raincoats, while growing up in Buenos Aires. In keeping with those influences, the group’s own direction has also stepped outside the expected minimalism and guitar squall of their sound, taking in dub and hip-hop influences as they’ve expanded their oeuvre over four distinctive full-lengths. Capable of both raw aggression and shimmering finesse, Las Kellies are a fascinating curveball that’s crash landed into the heart of the Pint Pot line-up.


Unveiled: Video Jam at Bexley Square

February 18th, 2014

One of the most innovative nights in the region, Video Jam is the most important experiment in the links between image and sound that Manchester has produced in recent years. Curating their own events of film makers and musical artists, they recently took over Manchester Art gallery for an event that was simply astounding – culminating in a march around the city centre.

For those that haven’t had the joy of experiencing a Video Jam in action, the premise is simple – a silent film plays, while the artists performing provide an off-the-cuff musical accompaniment – essentially giving a blind collaboration between the two, and creating some of the most breathtaking, spellbinding and unique moments that any other straightforward performance would struggle to match.

We’re also proud to announce that Video Jam will be taking up a (sort of) new space for Sounds from the Other City – though Bexley Square has become somewhat of an alternative hub for SFTOC over the years, this will be the first time that we properly utilise the space itself for performance – with the erection of a tent providing the setting for Video Jam, and acting as the perfect rest-stop for those between stages, as well as one of the prime destinations for anyone attending the festival.

The first names to be announced for the Video Jam stage are…

The Yossarians

The Happy Soul

The Lonesome & Penniless Cowboys

Slip Discs DJs


Round-Up: More names to be added next week

February 13th, 2014

After a busy week of announcements, we’re giving you the day off so you can spend it with your loved one – well it Valentine’s Day after all. Instead, let’s look over all the glittering names that we’ve confirmed for the SFTOC 14 bill so far, and we promise you it is only going to get bigger and better when we start things again next week. Also, from Monday you can pick up physical tickets from our friends at Common and Piccadilly Records for £18 with absolutely no booking fee. You can also still get your tickets online through Skiddle here. Don’t say we don’t treat you.








Raikes Parade

Pete Herbert

2 Billion Beats (live)