Now a staple of Manchester’s musical calendar, inner-city indie festival Sounds From The Other City will return for Round 14 this week, 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”. 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. So, what can we look forward to this year? Read on for ten of our picks on who to catch, and grab your ticket for just £27.50 here!
The 2018 line-up includes a welcome return for Rough Trade representatives Goat Girl, who have just released their debut LP to rave reviews. Warp’s trance-inducing “rave voyeur” Lorenzo Senni will bring his hyperreal neo-trance anthems to Hotbed Press.
Local promoters Hey! Manchester will be taking over St Philip’s Church, inviting former Spacemen 3 founder Pete Kember, performing under his Spectrum moniker.
Elsewhere, grime and trap-laced sounds of South Manchester native Sleazy F performs a rare outing of his full live show Dripset.
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.
Catch full live band show from Tru Thoughts’ Werkha, courtesy of Band On The Wall’s stage at Five Four Studios.
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.
Islington Mill will be at the heart of the action once again, where you can catch Liverpudlian ensemble Ex-Easter Island Head, exploring prepared electric guitars struck with a collection of mallets to create works exploring interplay, repetition and minimalism.
Psych-rock cohort Hey Colossus will perform at The Angel Centre, while Upstairs at The Old Pint Pot, you’ll catch W. H. Lung. Cloaked in mystery since inception, W. H. Lung have retaining near anonymity, building an infectious intrigue around their specific brand of cosmic, multi-layered, driving kraut-electronica.
Sounds From The Other City takes place on Sunday 6th May 2018 at various venues across Chapel Street. Tickets are available here.