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

Who We Are

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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 – Creative Producer
Siân Roberts – Festival Manager

Taking Part

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

If you are a promoter, develop creative ideas or put on events, 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 make contact with promoters and programmers directly. The promoter line-up changes annually but you can check it in the past festivals section of our history page..


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
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Barberos outside the Old Pint Pot in 2015

Contact us

For any enquiries, including press enquiries, please drop us a line at

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Volunteering at SFTOC 2018
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Volunteering at SFTOC 2015
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Volunteering at SFTOC 2018
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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.

Our volunteer call out usually begins in February, if you would like to register your interest before then please drop us a line at

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