It’s nearly time for that May Day Bank Holiday to be with us again, a weekend that plays host to one of our favourite festivals.
Sounds from the Other City is the metropolitan all-dayer that manages to buck the swathe of commercialism and predictable bookings that seem to plague any musical happening staged within five miles of a cathedral – laying on some of the most in-demand bands around without leaving discerning punters penniless.
Yes, on Sunday May 6th Salford’s Chapel Street will once again be a sea of meandering lager drinkers, dipping in and out of pubs, clubs, tents, churches, community centres and who know’s what else this time around.
But enough setting of the scene, the 2018 lineup is as tasty as ever. Here are Far Out’s picks…
This enthralling quartet are one of the names on this year’s bill that jumps right off there, not least because their debut self-titled LP will still be reverberating around the brains of many a SFTOC goer since it’s release via Rough Trade a few weeks back. Check out the video for ‘The Man’ below.
Another example of SFTOC boasting a team of curators who have their fingers on the pulse as ever. Boy Azooga are another band to have taken 2018 (so far) by storm. A host of BBC 6 Music support has seen them crop up on a few other upcoming bills – not least Green Man, where they will undoubtedly rock the Brecon Beacons just as hard as the Salford concrete.
We were first turned onto these most fascinating of garage-rockers when we had their song ‘Fine’ as a Far Out Track of the Day a few years back. The band is another blinding project from Temple Songs and Pink Teens frontman Jolan Lewis – who has an unrivalled knack for marrying raucous guitars with soaring melody.
And here’s the act we’re probably most excited about… There’s been a big fuzzy, yellow and black hole in Far Out’s life since The Bees last treated us to a new record eight years ago. However, our prayers have been answered thanks to the inception of a brand new project from core members Aaron and Tim. Their debut track ‘Love Said (Let’s Go)’ is an infectious piece of soul-infused pop that has got us salivating over the thought of more at SFTOC.
This jazz-infused virtuoso has been treating fans to a whole host of electronic delights for a few years now – and returns back to where it all started to play on the iconic Band on the Wall’s stage at this year’s SFTOC.
He’s constantly on the lookout for new collaborators and performs with a shapeshifting ensemble that seems to bring a one-of-a-kind vibrancy to every single show. Check out the video for ‘Foolin’ Self’ featuring Berry Blacc below.
Sounds from the Other City takes place at a host of venues in and around Salford’s Chapel Street on Sunday May 6th 2018. Tickets can still be found right here.