2016 brought treats from far and wide to the streets of Salford, from Gwenno’s cosmic pop and London mcs Flohio and Cassive to 2016’s hottest new band, Pumarosa, SFTOC is a festival created for and by music lovers.
We saw everything from the Chrononautz’s outsider techno to the avant garde folk of Laura Cannell and we welcomed new promotors Café Oto, The Quietus, Heavenly Recordings and The White Hotel. We also saw comedy night ShamBodie take over Bexley Square that included a stellar performance from now BAFTA winner Sophie Willan. Visual artist himHallows took over the art direction for the year with stage set designs, costumes and impromptu performances across the festival site, culminating in a haunted ‘Sea Captain’s Ball’ at midnight.
And for the first time festival goers where able to join us from across the globe as we witnessed the birth of SFTOC.TV and online radio station NTS joined us for a one-off Sunday broadcast.
"it’s a wonderful reminder of what a real festival should be"Far Out Magazine
(in no particular order)
Chew Disco, Trash o Rama, T’OPP Collective, Fat Out til you Pass Out , Cafe Oto, The White Hotel, Hey Manchester!, The Beauty Witch, Bad Uncle, Samarbeta, Now Wave, Video Jam, NTS Radio, Meat Free, Faktion, Annex Agency, Shambodie, Good Afternoon, The Green Yard, Heavenly Recordings, Grey Lantern, The Quietus, Tru Luv & Night Fantasy
(in no particular order)
himHallows, Sam Wiehl, IMPATV, Ex Easter Island Head, BBC Philharmonic, Pumarosa, The Big Moon, The Rhythm Method, Beaty Heart, Oscar, Seize The Chair, My Panda Shall Fly, SGNL, Cul dé Sac, Irma Vep, Family Ranks, Louise Landes Levi, Laura Cannell & Charles Hayward, Áine O’Dwyer, Part Wild Horses Mane on Both Sides, Severed Shadow Large Ensemble, Joe Webster, Lowell Wallbank, Gwenno, Meilyr Jones, The Magnetic North, exmagician, Tacocat, She drew the gun, She Makes War, Blown Out, Werk, English Heretic, Clenstch, Girl Sweat, Ancient Sunlight, Chrononautz, Sculpture, Locean, Ill, The Yossarians, John Doran + guests, Big Sexy Land DJS, John Powell-Jones, Carriers, Aliyah Hussain, AHRKH, Free Wize Men (Afro Sam, Kay Bey and Blind MIC), TruLuvCru: Flohio & Cassive, Jazz Purple, B Franklin, Layfullstop, HMD, G.S. ONE, Witch*unt, Espher, Hooton Tennis Club, Sugarmen, Britain, The Parrots, Gwenno (dj), Heavenly Jukebox, Andrew James, Dan Lees, Phil Ellis, Rachel Fairburn, Jack Evans, Jayne Edwards, Sophie Willan, Marny Godden, Charlotte Cannon, Mathew Gray & The Awful Truth, Chris Tavener, Matthew Rothery, James Sizen Bell, Disc Jockey Babette, The Good Afternoon Soundsystem, 2 Billion Beats, LOA, Kennedy Taylor, Shoto, Poor Lass, Zachary Roddis: Not Even Poetry, Holly Casio, Stephen James, Natalie Bradbury, Steve Carlton, Chicaloyoh, Terrine, Vendel, Nova, Denim & Leather, Serchio Bathing Party, OKLO, Space Afrika, Szare, Cerberus Future Technologies, Blacklung, TOOMS, Rattle, Transylvanian Sex Pest, Cassiel, Raw Brainyak, Kickin’ Pigeon, Parade, BEAT LES (IN THE LAND OF FUCK), Bewilderbeast (AV Show), Church Party, BÊTE, Move, Her’s, HONEYiKNOW, Roasts, Mr TC, Joey Fourr, Happy Meals, Queer’d Science, MOTHER, The Birth Marks, Barberos, The Not That Late Show with John Doran, Martha, Hot Shorts, Grotbags, Legion of Swine, Monoak, Perseus Traxx, Blood Sport, Teresa Winter, ψυχοπομπός, BLOSC & Hess, Paul Thomson (Franz Ferdinand)
"Whatever formula SFTOC use to select their brilliantly exhilarating mix of acts, they’re doing something truly special"God is in the TV