Now a staple of Manchester’s musical calendar, inner-city indie festival Sounds From The Other City will return for Round 14 in May, joining forces with the North West’s finest independent promotors to host an array of the very best in new music and performance, serving up a “snapshot of the 2018 scene”. The festival will be taking over Salford’s historic Chapel Street area on Bank Holiday Sunday, 6th May, kicking off from 3pm.
A festival curated “by music lovers for music lovers”, this year covers all tastes with over 100 acts on the bill and invites fans to find a few new favourites amongst local and national talents. Alumni from past editions of the festival include 2017 Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha and BBC Sound of 2018 nominee IAMDDB. Check out our review on last year’s events here, and grab your ticket for just £27.50 here!
So, what can we look forward to this year? The 2018 festival line-up includes a welcome return for Rough Trade quartet Goat Girl, Warp’s trance-inducing “rave voyeur” Lorenzo Senni, hip hop artist (and BAFTA winner) Burgundy Blood, Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Anni Rossi and Bolton law student turned Radio 1 favourite Chrystal. Hotly tipped local favourites DUDS are also on the bill, along with impressionistic soul artist and Liverpool newcomer XamVolo, and former Spacemen 3 founder Pete Kember, performing under his Spectrum moniker at St Philip’s Church. Elsewhere, grime and trap-laced sounds of South Manchester native Sleazy F performs a rare outing of his full live show Dripset.
Catch full live band show from Tru Thoughts’ Werkha, alongside new sounds from the chilled out guitar-fuzz of Amsterdam’s Pip Blom, while those who prefer the heavier end of the noise spectrum can catch psychedelic supergroup, Luminous Bodies, dancing wall of sound Cattle, the chaotic post-punk sounds of Mold and up-and-coming Cardiff artist and 6Music favourites Boy Azooga.
One highlight of this year’s line-up comes in the stunning surrounds of the Salford Cathedral, where you can catch specially-commissioned world premiere of a new audio-visual collaboration between “composer, performer and provocatrice” Laura Bowler and visual artist Rachel Goodyear, performed with a chamber ensemble of musicians from the BBC Philharmonic.
Teaming up with promoters such as Now Wave, Hey! Manchester, Comfortable on a Tightrope, Fat Out, Bad Uncle, Strange Days and Heavenly Recordings, each curate a stage at one of the festival’s distinctive locations. Venues and spaces have always been one of SFTOC’s biggest attractions, which includes revered local landmarks such as Salford Cathedral, Islington Mill, The Angel Centre, and historic pubs such as The King’s Arms. New names hosting stages this year include Band on the Wall and Liverpool’s inimitable collective Invisible Wind Factory. Also taking a place at the festival are Reform Radio over at the Egerton Arms and noise-makers One Five Eight at Bexley Square.
Taking care of all your after-party needs Thirsty Girls Collective bring their Simpsons-themed Homerpolooza night to The Salford Arms, High Hoops will be tucking into the afters at Five Four Studios, Manchester disco crew Night Fantasy return to shake The Pint Pot once again, and Invisible Wind Factory offer a “gleeful pummelling” of the Islington Mill’s ground floor.
2018’s visual directors, artist and illustrator duo Stina Puotinen and David Bailey have announced their concept for this year’s festival; ‘SOUNDSTOWN’ – an imaginary community layered over the very real and thriving community of Chapel Street.
Sounds From The Other City takes place on Sunday 6 May 2018 at various venues across Chapel Street. Tickets are available here.