When Sounds From The Other City first started up as a May bank holiday celebration of the area’s nascent musical talent, it was based around the four corner pubs where Chapel Street is dissected by Bloom Street via New Bailey Street, while further along the main road there were barren streets lined with vacated boozers. Embarking on their second decade, the ever-popular new music binge has expanded and evolved with the area, and is now set to a backdrop of residential developments taking advantage of the enlivened avenues. All the while, Islington Mill has remained as its radiating beacon of creativity. It’s the hub among venues accommodating the weird and the wonderful, the pensive and the powerful, the vibrant and the introspective – all memorably digested by those enjoying Greater Manchester’s cultural canvas.
So, what if you’re a newbie? What’s all this fuss about?
One of SFTOC’s enduring appeals is its delegation of booking powers to the eyes on the ground. This means that some of Manchester’s finest independent music promoters are each allocated a venue along the Chapel Street corridor and proceed to curate a bill of their favourite artists. The result is a diverse pool of bubbling activity across 16 stages. Mainstays of the festival’s previous outings are Hey! Manchester and Now Wave, whose stages are headlined by Pipettes singer-songwriter Gwenno and the melodic indie euphoria of Pumarosa, respectively. But perhaps more satisfying is treading a daylong musical path through snippets of genres, volumes, tempos, media and new discoveries.
We also recommend keeping ‘em peeled for the SFTOC TV channel in collab with Bad Uncle and HimHallows’ visual artistry illustrating the festival’s canvas.
We’ve teamed up with the SFTOC organisers to offer a pair of festival tickets for a lucky winner. Simply email [email protected] with your full name and email address. We’ll pick a name out of the bag at midday on Friday 29 April. Good luck!
Remaining advance tickets are £20+bf, available from soundfromtheothercity.com
SFTOC takes place on Sunday 1 May from 3pm-4am. For wristband exchange on the day, visit:
1 James Street