The full programme for Sounds from the Other City 2017 has now been revealed.
Sounds from the Other City (SFTOC) returns on Sunday 30 April, showcasing music, performance and art and taking over several venues in Salford’s Chapel Street area, including churches, warehouses, pubs and social centres. There will be gigs galore, after-parties and special commissions.
Highlights for this year’s Sounds from the Other City include hotly tipped Londoners HMLTD, one of the first live shows for new project OTOMO X from Savages’s members, Fay and Ayse, Flamingods, sublime Americana from Simon Joyner, Heavenly Records’ Amber Arcades, Goat Girl and the outstanding New Zealand RBMA graduate Fazerdaze, as well as some of the Northwest’s very best in including Horsebeach, IAMDDB, TVAM and The Lovely Eggs.
Founded in 2004, Sounds from the Other City brings over 2,000 people to the Chapel Street area each year, hosting some of the most innovative and exciting bands in the world. Previous guests include Sampha, Pumarosa, Lapalux, James Ferraro and Alt-J. While new music is a huge part of SFTOC’s appeal, the festival also works as a creative playground for artists, labels and promoters to test, explore and push boundaries.
Earlier this week it was announced that SFTOC will be co-programming Manchester International Festival’s Pavilion theatre, open nightly in the heart of Festival (Albert) Square this summer. SFTOC will team up with independent promoters to present a range of shows including Hookworms playing new material with special guest Carla Dal Forno, a specially commissioned new performance and visual art show ‘Song of the Husband’ from Kiran Leonard and Stealing Sheep with debut performance of their new record and new live show entitled ‘Power Games’.
So what’s on?
Here’s the breakdown by venue:
The White Hotel @ The Kings Arms
Manchester’s White Hotel will transform the Kings Arms into a special narrative-musical theatre show ‘2000AD’ by Austin Collings featuring:-
The Death of Money
Fandango Hack presents: Original Soundtrack Music
Psychic Sister Pseudo Seance Band
Plus v special guests
Shambodie & Ping Pong Club @ Salford Arms
Expect the usual mayhem from Manchester’s leading comedy night. Play ping pong in between acts, or just enjoy the party vibe.
Birthday Bread Man
The Delightful Sausage
Sam & Tom
Comfortable on a Tightrope @ United Reformed Church
Manchester’s leftfield music promoters deliver a remarkable line-up once again including
Bad Uncle @ Egerton Arms
Enjoy an irreverent punk-led showcase in this new venue for Sounds, a Salford institution that’s located opposite the train station.
Good Afternoon @ The New Oxford
present ‘The Love Cave: Declare Independence!’
A great big, fun-hearted disco party.
Slag Heap Disco
Kiss Me Again
Good Afternoon DJs
Tru Luv @ Bexley Sq
The local new music promoters host a hip hop, jazz and r’n’b flavoured showcase including:-
Sleazy F Baby
Children of Zeus
Visuals by Espher
Midi School @ Bexley Sq DJ & bar area
DJs and live acts from the Midi School roster.
The Wonderful Sound of Aficionado @ Islington Mill
Manchester record label and club Aficionado, founded by DJs Moonboots and Jason Boardman teams up with Miles Copeland’s Wonderful Sound label for this special showcase:-
Nev Cottee Band
DJs Miles Copeland, Moonboots & Jason Boardman
NTS Live @ Islington Mill Gallery
NTS is the UK’s leading forward-thinking online radio station. Live sets and djs inc:
Slowthai w/ Bone Soda, IAMDDB and HMD
Contours b2b Hidden Spheres
& many more
Sacred Tapes @ Engine House, Islington Mill
Expect the unexpected with this leftfield local label showcase which will be played from the Engine House balcony into the courtyard outside.
Now Wave @ Unit 5, Regent Trading Estate
Manchester’s biggest independent promoters bring another stellar line up to sounds featuring:
OTOMO X (Fay Milton/Ayse Hassan, Savages + Martin Dubka)
Grey Lantern @ Unit 2, Regent Trading Estate
Flamingods and Vanishing Twin lead a line up of international electronic music with this forward thinking promoter.
Hey Manchester @ St Philips Church
Expect the best in folk, indie and Americana from around the world.
The Lovely Eggs
Heavenly Recordings @ The Old Pint Pot Upstairs
Acclaimed London label presents a showcase including
T’OPP Presents @ The Old Pint Pot Downstairs
The Old Pint Pot collective presents the very best of Manchester and Salford’s new music scene.
Lord Kesseli & the Drums
Starlight Magic Hour
Family Tree @ The Angel Centre
A transpennine new music showcase emerging Manchester promoters present..
Katie Pham and the Moonbathers
Fat Out & Paradox’s Pizza Party @ Vero Moderno
Vero Moderno is a new Italian restaurant in Vimto Gardens which will host alternative music promoters Fat Out and spoken word promoters Paradox’s karaoke, spoken word and pizza party featuring
DJ Acid Rephlux
Out of Quiet & One Five Eight DJs
Beauty Witch @ The Crescent
Heavy, heavy noise featuring
Young Identity pop-up performances across the site with:
Based out of Contact, Young Identity is a collective of young, spoken word artists who are also teaming up with Flexn’ at MIF this year. The line up includes
Sounds from the Other City Afterparties
Inkfolk @ Islington Mill feat James Holroyd, Andi Hanley, Lee & CP
Inkfolk is a festival, collective and party based in Hebden Bridge, with a house techno DJ agenda.
Swing Ting v Hotmilk @ Islington Mill Gallery
Swing Ting is a collective of DJs and producers based in Manchester. They have an award-winning label, monthly NTS show and residency at Soup Kitchen, as well as playing sets around the world. Both ST and HotMilk share a love of the freshest sounds that have emerged from the UK’s soundsystem scene and collaborate to bring you the best in dancehall, soca, grime, reggaeton and assorted party music
Night Fantasy present Great Space @ The Old Pint Pot Upstairs feat J.G Wilkes (Optimo) & guest
Night Fantasy is a club night run by Andy Moss from Melodic records and his DJ partner Chris Egan. Previous collaborators include members of Franz Ferdinand – and SFTOC they are bringing legendary party starter J.G Wilkes of influential Glaswegian electro club, Optimo, to the Pint Pot.
Other parties include:
Ping Pong Club @ The Salford Arms
The White Hotel @ The Kings Arms
T’OPP @ The Old Pint Pot Downstairs
SFTOC visual directors, IMPATV create ‘Sound of the New Dawn’ across the site
Taking over this year on visual direction duties are Islington Mill based duo, IMPATV. Combining live visuals, performance, set building and more into an elaborate cult-like takeover of the festival, entitled Sound of the New Dawn. Ward off superstition and come be saved!
World premiere: Samarbeta presents BBC Philharmonic x Ex-Easter Island Head x Laura Cannell
The third and final instalment of a collaboration between BBC Philharmonic and contemporary ensemble, Ex-Easter Island Head. This time they are joined by acclaimed double recordist and violinist Laura Cannell, to create a world premiere, to be performed in Salford Cathedral.
Participatory event & live video art happening: I’m Sticking with You by EC Davies
Throw giant dice whilst wearing colourful love heart balaclavas in this participatory event and live video art happening. Produce a winning combination ’13’ to win pairs of limited edition love dolls. Dice throwing actions will be projected live and later at donthinklove.com.
Outdoor live art & DJ event with Reform Radio & OneFiveEight at Regent Trading Estate
Manchester’s community radio station and teams up with local art collective, OneFiveEight to create a new, outdoor live art arena and DJ zone featuring familiar names from the station.
Sounds from the Other City takes place on 30 April 2017. Tickets for Sounds from the Other City available now at Common, Islington Mill, North Tea Power, Font Chorlton, Kings Arms and the Old Pint Pot (all bkg fee free) as well as at Piccadilly Records or get them online from www.skiddle.com