Sounds from the Other City 2013 – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • 5th May 2024 •

"An all-day event that triumphs in invention, discovery and a hearty dose of community spirit"

The Quietus
Still Corners play live in front of multi-coloured pyschedelic projections at Sounds from the Other City 2013
Still Corners
Punk Quartet Ill play live on the Baptists and Bootleggers stage in the learning room at the Creative Adventures building, formerly the Old Bank, on Bexley Square for Sounds from the Other City 2013
Stealing Sheep play live to a packed audience at St Philips Church for Sounds from the Other City 2013
Stealing Sheep
The Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band raise a cymbal into the night sky outside St Philips Church as part of Sounds from the Other City 2013

AND so here we were2013; nearly a whole decade of spending our May Day Bank Holiday partying to the best new sounds from around the globe along the banks of the River Irwell. Things ran late, some things broke and didn’t run at all, but all the while the sun shone, the faces smiled and everything went wonderfully wild.

2013 was our biggest turn out to date with the event selling it’s full capacity out by early evening. There were exceptional performances all over the venues from the likes of Deptford Goth, Stealing Sheep, Daedelus, Gramme and Queer’d Science, while Faktion brought an all day party with real bounce to the beer garden of the Old Pint Pot with DJ Q, Swing Ting taking it really high.

There were more and more impromtu appearances up and down the street from Marching Bands to Steel Drum ensembles, not to even mention the intergalactic interventions taking place in Volkov Commanders ‘Transformation Tent’ and the most unwholesome afterparty ever with Manchester Scenewipe’s Chat Roulette Disco taking over the Islington Mill Gallery Space.

We wish we had more videos or film to back this up and our memories are very blurry but there were seriously startled Chatrouletters and partygoers in equal measure. A match made in heaven and hell.

Hand sprayed party hats greet the audience as they arrive at wristband exchange at Islington Mill for Sounds from the Other City 2013
SFTOC party hats

"For just shy of a decade Salford has been providing Manchester with its best music festival"

Manchester Wire
Projected on the Islington Mill Gallery walls, Partygoers dial in Chat Roulette participants on the internet platform as part of the Sounds from the Other City 2013 afterparty
Chat Roulette Disco
Soundchecks in the Islington Mill Gallery as bands from across the globe are streamed and projected onto the wall as part of Manchester Sceneskype at Sounds from the Other City 2013
Manchester SceneSkype

2013 promotors were

(in no particular order)

Hey! Manchester, Buried Bones, Red Deer Club, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Baptists & Bootleggers, Trash-O-Rama, Fat Out til You Pass Out, Bad Uncle, Manchester Scenewipe, Slip Discs, Mind on Fire, This City is Ours, The Volkov Commanders, Faktion, Wet Play, Underachievers Please Try Harder, Now Wave.

Audience members sit on pews in St Philips Church during Sounds from the Other City 2013
St Philips Church
Astral Social club play live on the Buried Bones stage at The New Oxford pub on Bexley Square, as part of Sounds form the Other City 2013
Astral Social Club

2013 artists were

(in no particular order)

Rozi Plain, Adrian Crowley, treetop Flyers, Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo, Boats, Bird, Denis Jones, Daedelus, Bing Satellites, A Belied Guaniko, Cheetham/Birchall Duo, Chalaque, Hiss Golden Messenger, William Tyler, Astral Social Club, The Swamps, Waiters, Occult Hand, Sacred Paws, Edible Arrangements, La La Vasquez, Sea Pinks, Volunteers Park, Stroke Cat, Ill, Gnod, Die Hexen, Laser Dream Eyes, Queer’d Science, Divorce, Champion Lover & Borland, Irma Vep & Douga, The Cosmic Dead & Karl Astbury, Keith Floyd, McLean/Nichols/Quimby, Peter J Taylor Orchestra, Raikes Parade, Run Dust, Druss & Branca, Mike O’Neill, Dwellings, Neil Van Gnod, Paddy Steer, Travelling Band, Pregnant, Rioghnach Connolly, Jarboe, Modern Blonde, Oxbow, D/R/U/G/S, Lavoy, Aaron Parker, Ian Vine, GOVES, Chaines, Tom Rose, Ka/Van, Szare, Rain Dog, Frameworks, Deft, Fingathing, Cogi, OneFiveEight DJS, PYC Sessions, Ghosting Season DJS, Real, BlackSmif, Jason Boardman, Horse Beach, Rhodius, RufDug, Gramme, James Holroyd, Jah Bricks, DJ Al, Samrai & Platt (Swing Ting), DJ Q, Walter Ego, Robert Gordon, Fun Adults, Ofei, G R E A T W A V E S, Bipolar Sunshine, Deptford Goth, Still Corners, Stealing Sheep, Swimming Lessons, Haiku Salut, Songs for Walter, September Girls, Letters to Fiesta, Post War Glamour Girls, Parenthetical Girls, Christopher Anderson, Tombed Visions & Horrid.

"a much more communal, boundary-free experience than a standard-issue gig"

Line of Best Fit

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