It’s only a couple of weeks now until one of the most unique all-dayers returns to the streets of Salford in the shape of Sounds from the Other City 2016.

Last year we caught mesmerising sets from the likes of Gengahr, Cold Pumas and Black Josh within the confines of some truly intriguing spaces.

But that was then and this is now, and on Sunday May 1st a host of Manchester’s most esteemed promoters will take over once again to treat lucky revellers to yet another bill bursting with freshness and vigour.

As usual there are a few Far Out favourites on the lineup to boot, so without further ado, here are five performers at this year’s SFTOC that (clashes pending) you simply cannot miss!

1. The Parrots

We’ve been all over this rabble of Madrid garage-rockers for a while now and their set within the wonderful surroundings of the First Chop Brewing Arm is sure to be an encapsulating combination of unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll and delectable real ale inside  a converted viaduct arch.

What’s more, the whole shebang over at First Chop will be laid on by those genii from Heavenly Recordings. Get on down – but for now check out this recent live session the band recorded for Tenement TV…

2. The Big Moon

Fuzzed-out 90s vibes seem to be all over the place at the moment, but these girls sound like the real deal with swooning melodies cascading over the top of some encapsulating guitar work.

They will take to the stage as part of Manchester stalwart promoters, Now Wave’s bill.   Expect grunge-tinged guitar pop that will light up the industrial setting of the Unit 5 Trading Estate at SFTOC 2016. Check out the video for ‘Sucker’ below.

3. Free Wize Men

It’s not all about the guitars you know, as once again esteemed hip-hop bloggers Tru Luv will be back to lay on a feast of beat-drenched wordsmiths including this trio of flawless rhymers, who will no doubt wow the audience within the highly unusual surroundings of the Salford Arms.

This will be a lyrical banquet of the highest order. Be there on the day and check out the fantastic video for the jazz-infused ‘Is Ya With Me?’ right here.

4. Gwenno

And now for something completely different… We first caught this hypnotic Welsh songstress a couple of years back when her one-woman show proved the perfect opener on Gruff Rhys’ American Interior tour – check out the review!

Since then, the former Pipettes singer has gone from strength to strength, gaining critical acclaim and releasing her debut LP with the help of those ever-prolific boffins at Heavenly.

However, on this occasion she will be teaming up with incomparable promoters Hey! Manchester to perform at the stunning venue inside Salford’s St. Philip’s Church.

Listen to ‘Fratolish Hiang Perpeshki’ here – (whether you speak Welsh or not, it’s a genuine pleasure from start to finish).

5. Space Afrika

The team behind the north of England’s most exciting new warehouse space, The White Hotel, will be upping sticks for the day and taking up residency upstairs at Chapel Street’s Old Pint Pot.

Amongst a truly eclectic bill will be an enthralling set from ambient tech whizz-kid Space Afrika, who is sure to get feet tapping and jaws dropping in equal measure – the perfect way to dance yourself into the early hours.

Listen to the blissed-out EP Primrose Avenue below.

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