Sounds From The Other City is a festival like no other. Based in Manchester’s “other city” Salford, on Sunday May 1st is the streets, venues and pubs will be full to burst with bands, artists, videos, talks and much much more. It’d be literally impossible to list everything worth going to see, so somehow I’ve managed to cut it down to some ultimate highlights. Simply use this as a guide, and check out the full line-up here. And if you’re already excited enough, tickets here! Only 3% left!
Pumarosa headline Now Wave’s stage at Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate. The 5-piece’s music has been described as “”industrial spiritual”, stand out tracks ‘Priestess’ and ‘Cecile’ have been spread around the blogosphere like wildfire, appearing on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show after a tour supporting Gengahr. Now Wave’s stage also boasts brilliant upcomers Oscar, Beaty Heart and Seize The Chair.
A SFTOC annual highlight event after 2015’s brilliant performance is the collaboration between Liverpool’s Ex-Easter Island Head and the BBC’s Philharmonic Ensemble. In the beautiful surroundings of Salford’s cathedral, the two groups will perform a brand new composition. Free tickets are available first come-first served to ticket holders on the day, so get down early to ensure your spot.
Joey Fourr are the perfect act for SFTOC. I’m not quite sure what either of them are. Well, yeah one is a festival and one is a pop band, but neither totally fit in with their standard definitions. Joey Fourr’s debut album To The Floor released late last year shows off their “wonk-pop” perfectly, check out ‘My Dolphins’ and ‘Dirty Hole’ and then come see them live on Sunday. The Crescent also plays host to the brilliant Happy Meals and Mother.
Sometimes bands come from across the vast oceans to play in Salford and it’d just be rude not to see them. Tacocat are being kind enough to do that, if you fancy yourself some feminist post punk this weekend you know where to go. Do you? St. Philip’s Church presented by Hey Manchester. Catch you there. Gwenno and exmagacian also on the bill.
The band I’ve been dying to see since hearing their album Highest Point In Cliff Town, Hooton Tennis Club play the First Chop Brewing Arm presented by Heavenly Records & Friends. HTC’s brilliant indie is uplifting and joyous, ‘Jasper’ is a track that can’t be ruined by furious over plays, I should know. The songs eponymous character will be happy about the new £20 notes. Man & the Echo and The Parrots also grace First Chop with their presence.
Videojam are the antithesis to Netflix and chill, turning your usual film night on it’s head, these guys are experts in mixing live music and film. It’s experimentation in it’s finest and most organised manner. There are a variety of different artists and films scoring extracts and bringing some fresh sounds and ideas to life, but I’m really looking forward to Irma Vep score ‘Oh Willy’ by De Swaef and Marc James Roels.
Opposite The Crescent is another of Salford’s brilliant pubs, The Old Pint Pot. T’OPP Collective take it’s downstairs over for the day. DIY-hyped Her’s will be bringing their jangly surf-pop, alongside some of the North’s best new indie mates Church Party, Bête, MOVE and Honeyiknow.
And finally, SFTOC have stepped it up a gear this year, presenting their very own TV channel! I know! SFTOC.tv will be live-streaming right here throughout the day! Bad Uncle and IMPATV present some of the best artists, hosts and performers including Martha, Hot Shorts, Barberos and a TV special The Not That Late Show with John Doran. How terribly exciting.