Date: 3rd May 2015
Celebrating its first decade Salford’s legendary alternative music and arts festival Sounds From The Other City returns with a line up curated by some of the most innovative local promoters, including Hey!Manchester, Grey Lantern, FatOut and Wot God Forgot. SFTOC is a long established creative incubator and hotspot for discovering new and under-the-radar acts. Previous years have seen early performances from acts like Alt-J, The Ting Tings, Marina and the Diamonds and Deptford Goth. This year the organisers have already confirmed Cold Pumas, Jane Weaver, Zun Zun Egui, Sauna Youth, Menage a Trois, H A R T H E I M, Shit & Shine, Black Josh and D/R/U/G/S, with many more artists and performers yet to be announced.
Unlike many festivals, SFTOC makes use of not only established venues but many less conventional creative spaces. You can catch a band in a church, performing outdoors, in a cafe or a converted cotton mill. To mark its big anniversary, the festival also unveils 2 new experimental commissions: a collaboration between Ex-Easter Island Head and the BBC Philharmonic presenting a brand new composition at Vimto Gardens; plus, Red Deer Club and Sara Lowes joint venture re-imagining a traditional folk song performed simultaneously by ten musicians.
With its community party vibe, SFTOC is a genuine antidote to the corporate new music events that largely promote bands favoured by the latest industry trends. As well as creative curation of its programme, its focus is very much on building a community, from teams of local volunteers to local food and drink suppliers. Everything is fairly priced and everyone has an awesome time.
Watch SFTOC Vimeo highlights.
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