Sunday 1st May 2022 Chapel Street Salford

Who We Are

Core Team

SFTOC is run throughout the year by a small but dedicated team, expanding to over 200 freelancers, contractors and volunteers on festival day.

Mark Carlin – Founding Director
Rivca Burns – Creative Director
Emma Thompson – Festival Producer
Siân Roberts – Festival Manager

Contact us

For any enquiries, ideas and feedback please drop us a line at

Bernard and Edith perform live on the Now Wave stage at the University of Salford's Peel Hall as part of Sounds from the Other City 2014
Bernard and Edith play Peel Hall in 2013
Barberos outside the Old Pint Pot in 2015

Taking Part

Our artist line-up is programmed and booked by the promoters that we invite to curate each of the stages at the festival.

If you are a promoter and think that you could bring something amazing to SFTOC we would love to talk to you!

If you are an artist who wants to perform at SFTOC we recommend that you speak to one of the Manchester-based promoters that we regularly work with, or who might be suitable for the festival.


Volunteering at SFTOC 2018
Volunteering at SFTOC 2015
Volunteering at SFTOC 2018
Volunteering at SFTOC 2016


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

If you are interested in volunteering with SFTOC please sign up to our mailing list and keep an eye out for our annual festival call out and other opportunities.

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