FAQs | Sounds From The Other City – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • Every early May Bank Holiday •

Where do I get my wristband on the day?

The Sounds from the Other City wristband exchange is located at Regent Trading Estate, Oldfield Rd, M5 4DE. You’ll need to visit here first to exchange your ticket for a wristband that will gain you access to the individual venues, including afterparty venues. It opens at 2pm on the day of the festival, Sunday May 1st and closes at 9pm.

What is the age limit at SFTOC?

We want to welcome as many people as possible to the festival. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (25 or over). Please note some of our venues are licensed premises with individual rules that prohibit people under the age of 18 after certain hours so access may be restricted. If there are specific acts or parts of the programme you wish to see please email us on info@soundsfromtheothercity.com and we will deal with your query specifically. 

Can I bring my dog?

We aren’t able to provide welfare provisions for animals at SFTOC (water bowls, poop bins etc) so we don’t encourage people to bring dogs, however there are open air areas of the site that are open to any four legged friends under the supervision and care of ticket holders. We expect the same level of behaviour as we would from our human guests though so any fighting, biting or pooping will result in you being asked to leave.

Can I buy a separate ticket for individual stages

No. There is only one ticket to SFTOC. We firmly believe in championing new artists and ideas and we want everyone to step into our melting pot of discovery as equals. Your wristband will grant entry to all daytime and afterparty venues, subject to capacity.

Can I get a personal assistant or carer ticket?

Yes you can. Please email info@soundsfromtheothercity.com under the heading ‘personal assistant ticket’ with proof of your ticket purchase and eligibility.

Below are a few of the types of proof of eligibility we accept, but please do email us with your individual circumstances and we will do our very best to accommodate:

  • Middle or Higher rate DLA for care and/or mobility
  • Receipt of Enhanced Rate Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Or Registered Deaf or Blind

Can I bring my child to SFTOC? Do they need a ticket?

Children aged 13 and under are admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. It’s worth bringing some ID if they look older than 13.

Everyone aged 14 or over on Sunday May 1st 2022 (the day of the event ), must have bought a full ticket.

Anyone under the age of 18 wishing to attend the festival MUST be accompanied by a parent/guardian over the age of 25.

Please note that a lot of the venues at SFTOC are temporary or non-standard venue spaces and do not have baby changing facilities. We advise that all children wear ear defenders when inside venues with live music and djs.

How do I get to SFTOC?

You can get to Chapel Street by:

Train: Arrive at Salford Central (11 minutes to wristband exchange) or Salford Crescent (15 minutes) stations. 

Foot: Chapel Street is a 10 min walk from Central Manchester via Bridge Steet, Quay Street or Chapel Street.

Cycle: Transport for Greater Manchester, has launched Greater Manchester’s first publicly operated, self-service, 24/7 cycle hire scheme, the scheme is currently being rolled out but this already offers a good way to visit us. Bike hubs are located across Manchester City Centre, Salford Quays and Salford Crescent. The nearest bike hub to the festival is at University of Salford. It is a 6 minute walk from here to Oldfield Road.

All hires can be managed via app. To download the app and for more information on the scheme visit the TFGM  cycle hire website

Bus: From Manchester City Centre: You can get a number of buses from Piccadilly Gardens and Shudehill interchange. These buses run frequently even on Bank Holiday Sundays. You will need to ask for a ticket for Chapel St, near Salford Cathedral. Journey should take no more than 10 minutes.

A full list of services that operate to this stop can be found HERE, including services from all other available locations across the city.

Please plan your journey in advance, using the TFGM travel planner.

We strongly encourage you to arrive by cycle or public transport and make the remaining way by foot. We are very close to major transport hubs and these really are the quickest and most efficient ways to get around. If you have no other option…

​​Car: Oldfield Road is just off the A6 Chapel Street and is accessible via the A56 and A57 and Mancunian Way. Parking is extremely limited around the area. The nearest car parks to Chapel Street are on Adelphi St (M5 4JN) and Farmer Norton (Peru St, M3 6FS). They are uncovered pay and display car parks.

Click here to view a Google map of the site.

Volunteering at SFTOC. How do I get involved?

Sounds wouldn’t happen without the help of our amazing volunteers, who assist with stage management, wristband exchange, stewarding, site management and more.

Find out more about our volunteer callout here.

I’m a promoter. How can I run a stage at the festival?

SFTOC is a promoter-led event, which means that we don’t book artists centrally. We invite our favourite promoters, platforms, labels and curators from across the North West (and beyond) who then select the artist line-ups that most excite them. 

You can see a full list of promoters from each of our 16 years in our history section. https://soundsfromtheothercity.com/history. We invite some new promoters each year as well as a whole host of regulars.

We have a centralised database of artists that we share with our promoters and refresh each year. This is not an application process for the festival but if you would like to be added please send a link to your music, a 50 word max bio, your location and contact email to info@soundsfromtheothercity.com.

Performing at SFTOC . Who should I ask?

SFTOC is a promoter-led event, which means that we don’t book artists centrally. We invite our favourite promoters, platforms, labels and curators from across the North West (and beyond) who then select the artist line-ups that most excite them. 

You can see a full list of promoters from each of our 16 years in our history section. https://soundsfromtheothercity.com/history. We invite some new promoters each year as well as a whole host of regulars.

We have a centralised database of artists that we share with our promoters and refresh each year. This is not an application process for the festival but if you would like to be added please send a link to your music, a 50 word max bio, your location and contact email to info@soundsfromtheothercity.com. Please note that 2022 line-up is now fully completed.

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