There are just seven days to go until Sounds From the Other City – one of the north-west’s finest showcases of fresh new music – returns to Salford in Greater Manchester.
We’re well-used to seeing Manchester pop up as an inevitable fixture on most bands’ tour schedules, but SFTOC gives the (occasionally neglected) Salfordian side of the River Irwell its deserved day in the limelight on May 3rd.
For anyone who hasn’t yet been fortunate to sample its delights, SFTOC is a city festival taking over a number of venues, but it simply has an extra vibrancy to it compared to similar events like Dot to Dot or Live At Leeds.
One reason for this is the spaces themselves. The festival’s organisers take over about a dozen venues and charge a different local promoter with the task of putting a bill together in each. But the real beauty is that the venues and the promoters used are rotated every year. The result? SFTOC will never, ever give you that feeling of repetition that so often arises by your second or third visit to a festival.
Who to catch in 2015…
Most importantly, the bill this year looks like the strongest in the event’s eleven-year history. There are a host of Far Out favourites gearing up for the bash.
Infamous promoters Hey! Manchester will be taking over St Philips Church in the heart of Salford to bring fans one of the most interesting breakthrough artists of the year in the shape of Jane Weaver. Also expect PINS, Brown Brogues and Pinkshinyultrablast.
However, the stage we think we’re most excited about has to be down at the Angel Community Centre on Chapel Street, where Grey Lantern presents a Faux Discx showcase featuring Far Out favourites Sauna Youth, Cold Pumas and Sex Hands.
And as if all that wasn’t enough, Hookworms will be on hand with a DJ set to keep fans of raucous indie-rock dancing well into the night.
If hip-hop and leftfield electronica are more your thing, you can catch all these sounds and more taking place within the unusual surroundings of the Salford Arms.
What is more commonly a proper old school watering hole will be tranformed into a thriving hub of creativity. Expect to see Mouse Outfit rappers Sparkz, Ellis Meade and Black Josh solo and with their new project Voodoo Black, as hotly tipped producer D/R/U/G/S.
This really is just the tip of the iceberg, there will be comedy from Shambodie at the New Oxford, disco in a formerly derelict railway arch at the First Chop Brewing Arm and a series of very special original love scores from Hartheim and Acre Tarn among others at the iconic Kings Arms.
With so much going on and such a unique experience for the measly price of £20, this one really is a no-brainer, so wherever it is you reside, make sure you head over to Salford this coming bank holiday Sunday. Head here to see the full lineup over 13 venues.