Sounds from the Other City 2005 – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • 5th May 2024 •

You know how it is when you have what you think is a really good idea and then as it gets closer to the realisation of that idea you begin to doubt the wisdom of the idea until it gets to the point that you wish that you never had the idea in the first place? Well that’s how Sounds from the Other City was born.

2005 is also a tale of getting very lucky as well, with 4 tickets sold in advance of the day, the sun decided to shine on Bank Holiday Sunday May 1st,  like it never had before and a load of people(who may have been at a loss as to what to do on that day), crossed over the River Irwell to check out what became a truly wonderful day out and the beginning of something special.

With the exception of the photos that the ever reliable Ged Camera managed to take, we have very little in the way of pictorial evidence so you’ll have to believe us on this one , there was a ‘getting out of jail’ party whilst Pop Art vs Industry set things in motion at the Salford Arms, only after the pub had cancelled their double-booked Karaoke performer from Blackpool (fast forward 10 years and the karaoke singer would have been double-booked by both us!).

The Kings Arms got full and stayed sweaty all day and about 500 people ended up in the Engine House at Islington Mill  for a party that’s long since gone into folklore.


Gideon Conn at Kings Arms
Yena Veldt at Rovers Return

2005 promotors were

(in no particular order)

Rain or Shine, Electric Circus, High Voltage and Golden Lab.

Land Ahoy at the Salford Arms
Julian Doneky Boy at Salford Arms

2005 artists were

(in no particular order)

No Hope in New Jersey, The Suzuki’s, The KBC, TVH-3, The Greats, Last Harbour, I had an Inkling, Former Bullies, Julian Donkey-Boy, Land Ahoy!, Quiet Loner, Mighty Robot, Uncle John & Whitelock, The Termites, Jack Cooper, Gideon Conn, Sam Hammond, Captain Morale, Sam & The Plants, The Urban Folk Collective, The Deadbeats, Yena Veldt, Whisky Cats, For Tomorrows, The Shmatte Kid, The Loungs, Myoho, DJs Xander, CHIPS, Lifebuoy and an immersive visual installation by Andrew Brooks.

Enthusiastically supported by: