Contact SFTOC | About Sounds from the Other City festival – Sounds From The Other City
Salford's festival of new music and art • Every early May Bank Holiday •

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
Heidi Taylor-Wood – Assistant Producer
Helen Kenny – Technical Manager
Kat Brown – Site Manager

Contact us

For any enquiries, including press enquiries, 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
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Barberos outside the Old Pint Pot in 2015

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 promotors and programmers directly. Our 2022 list of selectors is now on our site here.


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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.

Find out more about our 2022 volunteer call out here

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