Sounds From The Other City

Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) returns on Sunday 30th April 2017 showcasing the best in new music within Salford’s incredible array of venues, alongside world class street food, art and craft beer. The cultural celebration brings over 2,000 people to the Chapel Street area each year, hosting the most innovative, exciting bands in the world before they hit the big time. Previous guests include Sampha, Pumarosa, Lapalux, James Ferraro and Alt-J. SFTOC 2017’s first acts have just been unveiled, with the full line-up to follow mid March.

The first acts announced to perform include, white-hot three-piece HMLTD; described by NME as “something genuinely different” (debut single ‘Is This What You Wanted?’ was selected as Zane Lowe’s World Record late last year), next exotic psychedelia from Flamingods (their concept album, Majesty (2016) is a favourite of 6Music’s Tom Ravenscroft), Goat Girl (“rebuilding London’s indie scene” according to a recent article in The Guardian), Dutch solo artist Annelotte de Graaf aka Heavenly Records’ Amber Arcades, ethereal New Zealand beats from RBMA graduate Fazerdaze, and Sleazy F Baby’s richly textured hip hop (Blah Records).

Sounds From The Other City 2016

There will also be an NTS Radio live broadcast from midday on Sunday 30th April, hosted by their acclaimed roster of DJs. Plus Islington Mill’s artist-led Samarbeta residency programme, presents a unique showcase by the BBC Philharmonic. Taking place at the Salford Cathedral, this is the final instalment of a trilogy of performances between the orchestra and the alternative contemporary ensemble, Ex Easter Island Head; who will also be joined by double recorder and fiddle performer and composer Laura Cannell, for a special promenade performance.

SFTOC is unique, in that each stage is hosted by a different promoter such as the White Hotel, Heavenly Records, Now Wave, or Hey! Manchester. Venues can be surprising too, with acts and events taking place in historic churches, transformed trading estate units, vintage pubs and tucked-away social centres.

Catching acts on the rise is a part of SFTOC’s appeal, but the festival also works as a creative playground for artists, labels and promoters to test, explore and push boundaries. The event has always collaborated with visual artists; in previous years they’ve teamed up the Volkov Commanders, Cosmologists and Him Hallows and 2017’s visual directors are IMPA.TV who hosted last year’s hit SFTOC.TV stage. Expect live visuals, archive footage, set design and performance employed in new and exciting ways to unite the look and feel of the site.

SFTOC 2017 will take place on Sunday 30th April 2017, 3pm-4am, Various Venues, Chapel Street, Salford.
Wristband collection from Islington Mill, James Street.

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