‘News’ Category


March 23rd, 2015

We’ve been announcing new names for ‪‎SFTOC all week and we think the line-up is looking pretty, pretty good – have a look yourself below. More names coming next week, too.
Tickets flying out now – get yours from Skiddle here: https://bitly.com/1zphzYq or from North Tea Power, Font bars or Piccadilly Records

Now Wave @ Islington Mill

Gengahr, LA Priest, Real Lies, R Seiliog, Groves, Jupiter – C

Comfortable on a Tightrope @ Islington Mill gallery

Paper Dollhouse, Normal Love, Irma Vep, Fliss Horrocks, Composition, plus Jen Calleja reading new work

Hey! Manchester @ St Philips Church

Jane Weaver, Zun Zun Egui, Cale Tyson, Will Varley, Brown Brogues, Pinkshinyultrablast

Grey Lantern present a ‘Faux Discx Showcase’ @ The Angel Centre

Cold Pumas, Sex Hands, Sauna Youth, Sealings, Housewives, Tense Men + Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow + Hookworms DJs

Video Jam @ The Kings Arms

Ménage à Trois scoring selected visuals by Alex Anikin
Hartheim scoring ‘Emak Bakira’ by Man Ray
Acre Tarn scoring live visuals by Joe Whitmore
Metaphysical Human scoring ‘Cosmodrome’ by BlackLab
‘Each act curating a one hour slot, featuring a live set and a 20 minute film with live original score’
+ situational performances by a host of artists happening throughout the day within the many rooms of the Kings Arms.

Fat God @ The Old Pint Pot

Shit & Shine, Barberos, Denim & Leather, Lakes of Snakes, Mike O’Neill, Creeping Heat, Michael Holland (DJ), Brain Machine Radio (DJ)

Tru Luv at The Salford Arms

D/R/U/G/S, Voodoo Black (Sparkz, Dubbul O, Ellis Meade, DJ Cutterz), Bhrisc, Deadbear, Black Josh, Charlie Cocksedge (MONEY), DJ – Loftt / VJS – Ella Deacy + Abi McVeigh

Red Deer Club presents ‘The Battle of Bexley Square’ in the Bexley Square Tent featuring 10 selected artists playing a specially commissioned new composition:

Sara Lowes, Liz Green*, Songs for Walter*, Phill Howley, Aidan Smith*, Najia Bagi*, Jote Osahn, Raz Ullah, Chris McGrath, Neil C Young
*also performing solo

Red Laser x Wet Play x El Diablos @ First Chop Brewing Arm

Paddy Steer, Silverclub, Ruf Dug, Il Bosco, Disco Mums + Wet Play, El Diablos & Red Laser djs

Gizeh Records & Little Red Rabbit @ The Crescent

Last Harbour, Lazarus Clamp, Naked (on drugs), Tomorrow we Sail, Fieldhead

Bad Uncle present ‘Inception’ @ New Bailey Arch 1

A festival within the festival with Super Smash Hits Records, Tombed Visions, The Beauty Witch and Violent Femmes presenting
Danny Saul vs Sam Weaver, David Birchall, Sam Andreae & Andrew Cheetham Trio, Chris Anderson, Callum Higgins, John Dean & David McLean, Jeu, Playacting, Hot Shorts, Wilderness Hymnal, Groves, Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Baby Brave, Doctrines, Fists, Junk (play the hits of Jesus & Mary Chain), Hate Your Friends (play the hits of The Lemonheads), VF Big Band Karaoke

SWAYS Records present ‘The Ring Cycle’ at New Bailey Arch 2

Mother, Parade, Kyogen, Blacklung, Kraken, Ezo (on drugs), A String Quartet

+ Costumologists x Faux Queens ‘Micro Cosmic Delirium’

+ Samarbeta present Ex-Easter Island Head & BBC Philharmonic Ensemble @ Vimto Gardens

+ The Record Fair @ The Deli Lama – Independent record fair selling tapes, vinyl and merch plus your one stop shop to buy all things SFTOC related. Run by Callum Higgins of Sacred Tapes & Michael Holland of Ono Tesla with DJ sets throughout the day

First Names Announced for 2015

March 12th, 2015

Take a look at our line up page for the first bunch of names announced to perform at this years SFTOC.

Believe us when we say these names dont even scratch the surface, there is so much going on this year. Make sure you get your ticket ASAP as they are selling very fast. Available online from Skiddle now and in person from North Tea Power & Font Bars from Monday March 16th onwards.

2015 Poster Released

March 12th, 2015

We are super excited to show you this years poster, once again lovingly designed by David Bailey & Lucy Jones.

Featuring a poster within a poster we reckon this is one of the duo’s finest!

It will be hitting streets this weekend so keep an eye out for them.


Call out for Artist Commission at SFTOC 2015

February 3rd, 2015

We are really excited to share with you a special commission for 2015’s festival.

This is a one off commission to fund an Artist, Designer or Creative Producer to create visual and experiential unity across the many disparate and individual locations and venues of SFTOC 2015, paying close attention to the festival aesthetic, atmosphere and overall audience experience.

Following on from last years success working with the Volkov Commanders (see this video) we are opening the door once more to collaborate with an artist, or group of artists at this years festival.

Please see this Issuu link for more information about the commission and how you can get involved. 

If you have any problems or questions then please email rivca (at) soundsfromtheothercity (dot) com


This commission is funded by Arts Council England


Arts Council Funding for SFTOC

February 3rd, 2015

Sounds From the Other City are pleased to announce that we have received funding from Arts Council England to support the 11th SFTOC Festival (2015).

The funding will focus on three areas; developing our organisation, enhancing the visual arts content of the festival and growing the community/on street performance aspect of the festival.

We are really happy to receive their support as it will make many things possible this year that we have only dreamed of experimenting with, for a number of years; all with the ultimate goal of enhancing the festival atmosphere and experience for you, our audience.

Here’s to 2015…

Sounds From The Other City 2015 tickets now on sale

January 27th, 2015

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Everyone’s favourite day of the year, Sounds From The Other City is fast coming round again. This year, we’ll be hosting it on May 3rd, and as usual, we’ll be taking over Chapel Street, Salford to get the best promoters from Manchester and the wider area to programme their favourite sounds in some of the other city’s best spaces.

First names for the festival will be announced in the coming weeks – but you can avoid the crowds by buying your tickets now through Skiddle here: http://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Manchester/Islington-Mill/Sounds-From-the-Other-City-2015/12173628/

Exactly 7 months to go till SFTOC 2015

October 3rd, 2014

As you have just witnessed we are pleased to share with you the memories of SFTOC 2014, as filmed and edited by the geniuses at Plastic Zoo.

This point marks 7 months (exactly) until the doors open at Islington Mill; to collect your wristbands and check your itineraries ahead of a day of music, art and party vibes. We are in the midst of intense planning and will begin announcing more information towards the end of the year.

But if last year, and the previous 9 before that, are anything to go by you know the drill: great bands, strange happenings, distinctive venues, unexpected involvement, hearty food and a massive pub crawl.

Watching this video we were reminded about how much fun everyone had at the festival this year, and to say thanks for being great we are releasing another 50 earlybird tickets, priced at just £15. (The £10 ones sold out in under half an hour earlier in the year- so don’t hang about). Full price tickets are also onsale priced at £20 so if you miss the earlybirds make sure you get involved with that.

Next years SFTOC takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday May 3rd 2015.

If you would like to watch the video again just head to the Plastic Zoo Vimeo or watch below:


May 6th, 2014

Good Morning,

We hope you have all recovered. Thank you so much for helping make 2015 the best year yet.

HUGE thanks to all the Volunteers (without you this couldn’t happen), BIG thanks to all the promoters (who really pulled it out the bag), the Venues (who let us do this crazy stuff every year), the Musicians (keep everyone’s ears happy) & The Volkov Commanders (who take us all to another dimension). Not to mention our enthusiastic supporters for the year.

We at SFTOC are really proud of this year, and seeing you all still wearing party hats at 3am was a real moment of happiness for us.

As a thanks from us to you we have put tickets on sale for 2015. A super limited amount of £10 earlybird tickets which you can now get online from Skiddle.com

2 day to go: Stage times & clashfinder revealed.

May 2nd, 2014

Its been a long road, but we’re almost there – and now it is time to start planning. With Sounds from the Other City happening this Sunday, you can spend the majority of your Friday planning exactly what you’re going to see at this year’s festival as we’ve just revealed the stage-times through clashfinder.

Sort out your schedule for SFTOC here.

The last few tickets for the festival are still available at Common, Piccadilly Records and online through Skiddle, here: http://www.skiddle.com/festivals/sounds-from-the-other-city/

5 days to go: DJs, merch, record fair and art exchange at Deli Lama

April 29th, 2014
As part of Sounds from the Other City, we’ve invited Michael Holland from Ono Tesla/Fulbaechop/Haxan to curate his own merch stall in the Deli Lama, and invite his pals to flay some of the finest wax in the process.

However, he’s taken it one step further – by creating his own artist exchange too, where creative types can go and swap items for their own ends. After the festival, the exchange will move over to Islington Mill Courtyard, and be open 24/7  throughout the year.

We asked Michael to explain a little about the project, as well as his space in the Deli Lama:

Over the past six months I have been accumulating lots of artists materials, paper for collages, paints in cans, brushes, haberdasheries – the kind of stuff any modern artist could use to create a masterpiece, or at least get an idea down when they are inspired by Islington Mill’s energy. Launching at SFTOC, the project will be a recycler’s dream – starting by running alongside the merch and DJs at the Deli Lama. The exchange will find its home in a shed in the courtyard of the mill and will be open 24/7 after the festival, and I will continue to resource materials for creativity. If anyone has something that they fancy putting in the pot, we will gratefully accept any contributions.

In terms of the record fair and merch, there will be products from local labels and bands playing the festival – as well as some exclusive SFTOC gear created especially for the day. There will also be records from my own huge collection.”

DJs joining him on the day include:
Robert Parkinson (Preston is my Paris)
Yousif Al Karaghouli (Kult Country)
Macca (Soup Kitchen )
John Powell Jones (Savwo)
Michael ready to take on the Volkov Commanders at this years festival

Michael ready to take on the Volkov Commanders at this years festival