SOUNDS FROM THE OTHER CITY 2015
Festival of new music, art and more. Sunday 3 May 2015, 3pm-late, £20. Various Venues across Chapel Street, Salford
More party than festival, Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) is unique in that it’s a roving event that takes in a huge range of venues (and between-venue spaces) up-and-down Salford’s Chapel Street. Catch your new favourite band in a church or phone box, art gallery, cafe or converted cotton mill. Everything is dressed up for the big day and the atmosphere is as much a part of the party as the acts themselves. It’s also where you’ll find some of the planet’s most awesome new music all in one place.
Venues include arts hub Islington Mill, Paul Heaton’s Kings Arms Pub, historic St Philips Church and the internationally-celebrated brewery-come-venue, First Chop Brewing Arm. The festival also welcomes the strongest line-up Salford has ever seen featuring: Piccadilly Records album of the year winner Jane Weaver; a Faux Discx all-dayer including Cold Pumas, Sauna Youth and Sex Hands; one of the most exciting new bands of 2015, Gengahr; an Inception-style ‘festival within a festival’ curated by Bad Uncle; and much, much more. Nationally recognized promoters taking part include Pitchfork preempting Now Wave, new comedy night Sham Bodie, future sound specialists Grey Lantern, folk-leaning Hey! Manchester, as well as internationally recognized labels like Red Deer Club and SWAYS Records.
SFTOC is committed to crossing artistic boundaries and using new and undiscovered spaces. Highlights of this year’s bill include two specially commissioned pieces – the first by Ex-Easter Island Head and a BBC Philharmonic ensemble; the second, a new composition featuring 10 musicians, led by Sara Lowes, to mark The Battle of Bexley Square.
Festival ‘art directors’ – those in charge of the overall look and feel of the event – are Liverpool-based Costumologists & Faux Queens. Their overall theme is Micro Cosmic Delirium – expect the unexpected.
SFTOC is also expanding into a series of previously unused railway arches.
Since starting out with 400 capacity in 2005, SFTOC now welcomes 2000+ partygoers. Alumni include Alt-J (2011), Marina and The Diamonds (2009), James Ferraro (2009) and The Ting Tings (2007) as well as Sampha and Lapalux (2012) and Stealing Sheep (2013). Venues are curated by the North West’s most exciting music promoters and curators including Now Wave (who’ve brought the XX, Everything Everything and SBTRKT to a wider audience) and Video Jam, whose conceptual music and film programmes have been shown at Manchester Art Gallery, AND festival and most recently at the opening of the expanded Whitworth Art Gallery.
Watch our Vimeo of last year’s highlights.
“Sounds has become one of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent” Music OMH
“Sharply growing into one of the highlights of the Manchester calendar, Sounds From The Other City festival went off with its usual style, aplomb and general mentalism along the weird and wonderful establishments of Chapel Street” Drowned in Sound
“As anyone who has ever attended it will know, Sounds from the Other City is a much-treasured event, an antidote to the bloated corporate music festivals that loom on the horizon at this time of year” The Skinny
Get your tickets now from Skiddle or in person at Piccadilly Records. Plus at Font Bars, North Tea Power & The Kings Arms (bkg fee free)
Now Wave @ Islington Mill
Jupiter – C
Comfortable on a Tightrope @ Islington Mill
Jen Calleja reading new work
Hey! Manchester @ St Philips Church
Zun Zun Egui
Grey Lantern present a ‘Faux Discx Showcase’ @ The Angel Centre
+ Innerstrings Psychedelic Lightshow
+ Hookworms DJs
Video Jam @ The Kings Arms
Ménage à Trois scoring selected visuals by Alex Anikin
Hartheim scoring ‘Emak Bakira’ by Man Ray
Acre Tarn scoring live visuals by Joe Whitmore
Metaphysical Human scoring ‘Cosmodrome’ by BlackLab
Fat God @ The Old Pint Pot
Shit & Shine
Denim & Leather
Lakes of Snakes
Michael Holland (DJ)
Brain Machine Radio (DJ)
Tru Luv at The Salford Arms
Voodoo Black (Sparkz, Dubbul O, Ellis Meade, DJ Cutterz)
Charlie Cocksedge (MONEY)
DJ – Loftt / VJS – Ella Deacy + Abi McVeigh
Sham Bodie at the New Oxford
5pm Shambodie 18
Pins (acoustic set)
Norris & Parker
8pm Shambodie 19
Red Deer Club presents ‘The Battle of Bexley Square’ in the Bexley Square Tent
featuring 10 selected artists playing a specially commissioned new composition:
Songs for Walter*
Neil C Young
*also performing solo
Red Laser x Wet Play x El Diablos @ First Chop Brewing Arm
+ Wet Play, El Diablos & Red Laser djs
Gizeh Records & Little Red Rabbit @ The Crescent
Naked (on drugs)
Tomorrow we Sail
++ one secret act TBA on the day
Bad Uncle present ‘Inception’ @New Bailey Arch 1
A festival within the festival with Super Smash Hits Records, Tombed Visions, The Beauty Witch and Violent Femmes presenting
Danny Saul vs Sam Weaver
David Birchall, Sam Andreae & Andrew Cheetham Trio
Chris Anderson, Callum Higgins, John Dean & David McLean
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
Junk (play the hits of Jesus & Mary Chain)
Hate Your Friends (play the hits of The Lemonheads)
VF Big Band Karaoke
SWAYS Records present ‘The Ring Cycle’ at New Bailey Arch 2
Ezo (on drugs)
A String Quartet
Islington Mill: Deep Hedonia presents Golden Hank Mondo’s Human Entertainment System with your host Golden Hank Mondo and DJS Onika & Croww.
Kings Arms Upstairs and Downstairs: A Good Afternoon night-time special featuring dj sets from Wasp Nest, Pumping Iron, Garth Be (Sweet Sticky Records) & Good Afternoon DJs and full pub social, hosted by the inimitable Eggs Collective.
The Old Pint Pot Upstairs: Gesamtkunstwerk x Faktion x Annex Agency present Rian Treanor, Guildford Squad, NPLGNN, Hess & Vulj
+ Costumologists x Faux Queens ‘Micro Cosmic Delirium’ – An evolving epidemic, transmitting the spirit of P-A-R-T-Y hysteria throughout Salford at this years festival. Keep your eyes peeled for the ballistic shaman, probably contaminating a space somewhere near you!
+ + Samarbeta present Ex-Easter Island Head & BBC Philharmonic Ensemble @ Vimto Gardens
Performances at 5 & 7pm, limited capacity, get your free tickets from the Wristband exchange from 2pm, first come, first served.
A brand new commission between EEIH & BBC Philharmonic Ensemble, this is its debut and potentially only performance
+ + + The International 3 presents ‘The Whole Wide World’, a group exhibition animated by a programme of live performance.
+ + + + The Record Fair @ The Deli Lama – Independent record fair selling tapes, vinyl and merch plus your one stop shop to buy all things SFTOC related. Run by Callum Higgins of Sacred Tapes & Michael Holland of Ono Tesla with DJ sets throughout the day
+ + + + + Street Food Galore – All across the site expect the finest street foods inc, vegan, bbq, wood-fired pizza and more.
As ever Sounds from the Other City have brought together another eclectic group of artists and local independent business to showcase exactly why Manchester is Britain’s home of culture.