Why We Are SFTOC | Sounds from the Other City festival – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • 30th April 2023 •

Why We Are

Audience members hugging at Regent Trading Estate Sounds from the Other CIty 2017

Our Values

Our values are the foundations of everything we do and we aim to ensure they are reflected for the audiences at our events, and everyone who works on them:

Openness – sharing and encouraging all types of different ideas and forms of expression

Inquisitive and reaching further – seeking to discover new talent, new ideas

Sharing and encouragement – listening to and supporting each other

Community connection and support – working alongside our local communities, including residents, business, promoters, artists

Humanity and shared experience – valuing people first and understanding we all have more commonalities than differences

Freedom – free of fear, persecution and shame

"That a selection of such exceptionally curated leftfield music even exists is a cause for celebration; that it’s managed to sell out (tickets) without “selling out” (to commercialism) is nothing short of a triumph"



We want to ensure our festival is as open and welcoming to as many different people as possible. This includes how we communicate information, the physical accessibility of our venues and our operational policies.

We might not always get it right but we want to try.

If you have any questions or comments about the accessibility of SFTOC, please drop us a line at info@soundsfromtheothercity.com.

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

The Quietus

Safer spaces policy

SFTOC stands against any form of ableism, sexism, transphobia, homophobia, xenophobia and racism. 

In a safer space, all feel welcome and all lives and experiences are acknowledged, so that everyone has the same opportunity to express themselves. Harmful and discriminatory behaviour is not tolerated.

Everyone who is part of our festival, whether that be as an audience member, organiser, volunteer, artists, guest or contractor is expected to work together to create an inclusive and safe environment for all. 

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