We don’t need to tell you what’s going on in the world – you’ve likely read enough elsewhere without having to repeat it here. Clearly, it isn’t viable for the festival to go ahead for this year and, as such, we have been forced to make some difficult decisions.
In short, we’re postponing Sounds from the Other City 2020, and giving ticket holders the opportunity to use their ticket for next year’s event, Sounds from the Other City 2021. Like every postponement, this decision hasn’t been taken lightly – especially given the lack of clear guidance from the Government – but the safety of our communities must come before all else.
It is going to be a difficult year for all of us, but we’re going to do everything we can to come back in our usual spot of Bank Holiday Sunday 2 May 2021, in our usual format: back on Chapel Street, back in the wonderful spaces we all know and love, and curated once more by the people that make SFTOC so special.
We’re a small festival, run with a core skeleton staff – but there are hundreds of people involved in the delivery of the festival: we’re acutely aware of the impact that these events not happening is going to have upon our industry. If it is at all possible, we’d love for you to keep your ticket and use it for SFTOC 2021 – if that’s the case, there’s nothing more you need to do. Of course, these are difficult times, and if you would prefer a refund, you can do so through the following methods at the bottom of this post
Once again, we’d like to thank you for your understanding. This was due to be our 16th year celebrating the Other City, and the entire reason this exists is due to the fantastic Sounds community: our promoters, venues, partners, volunteers, and, of course, the people who turn up and party on, come rain or shine. We’re all heartbroken to have to do this, and hope to see you all back on Chapel Street next year.
"If you purchased your ticket online, our official ticket agent Skiddle will be in touch very soon. If you’re happy to attend the date next year, you do not need to do anything and Skiddle will transfer your tickets to the new date. If this is not the case, the Skiddle email will state your options. Please allow a few days to receive this email, as Skiddle are dealing with an unprecedented number of queries. We urge customers to wait for further information from Skiddle by email, rather than contacting the Skiddle Customer Care team."
Sounds From The Other City Festival has been a firm underground favourite since 2005; championing local promoters and celebrating the off-kilter beauty of Salford, the oft-overlooked ‘other city’ to Manchester.
***** 'The independent soul of the city is safe with Sounds' – The Independent
“Sounds has become one of the country’s foremost festivals showcasing new and emerging talent” Music OMH
“SFTOC itself is the truest representation of what Manchester music is today’” NME
'Its one of my favourite festivals' - Elizabeth Alker, BBC 6 Music
“As anyone who has ever attended it will know, Sounds from the Other City is a much-treasured event, an antidote to the bloated corporate music festivals that loom on the horizon at this time of year” The Skinny
“This annual event is important for local bands, as well as drawing attention to the rejuvenation of an area that is riddled with urban decay. Long may it continue.” Silent Radio
“It’s the spirit of this festival that keeps us all coming back, the sense of celebration that in no way feels forced or phony, the prospect that you might bump into someone you know at any time, swapping stories and making plans to meet that may or may not come off. In so many ways, who you watch is beside the point.” Chimp Magazine
Full lineup for Sounds From The Other City festival
Line up to be announced...
Last year's lineup
Fat Out & Friends at The Kings Arms:
Late Night Karaoke Dungeon with Marilyn Misandry
DJ Acid Rephlux
Run Logan Run
Godspeed you! Peter Andre
Bad Uncle at The Salford Arms:
Reform Radio at The Egerton Arms:
Reform Radio ‘down at the local’, hosted by Jack Galereux
Eastern Bloc at The New Oxford:
OneFiveEight at Bexley Sq:
OneFiveEight presents... Beng! Beng! Beng!
Young Identity present Ode from the Other City at Deli Lama:
Line up coming soon
School of Electronic Music presents.... at the School of Electronic Music:
Don't Be Cruel
SFTOC x BBC Philharmonic at Salford Cathedral:
BBC Philharmonic Ensemble
Invisible Wind Factory at Islington Mill:
Bog FM roadshow
Bodies on Everest
Ex-Easter Island Head
Farhood + Tardast
IWFM Radio Roadshow
Now Wave at Unit 5 Regent Trading Estate:
Heavenly Recordings at Unit 2 Regent Trading Estate:
Heavenly Jukebox DJs
Good Afternoon at Regent Trading Estate Car Park:
Boys Will Be Boys
Kiss Me Again
Hey! Manchester at St Philips Church:
Spectrum (Sonic Boom/Pete Kember)
Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
William The Conqueror
The Beauty Witch at The Angel Centre:
Strange Days upstairs at The Pint Pot:
W H Lung
Market downstairs at The Pint Pot Downstairs:
The Bear Around Your Neck
Punctured Disco DJ
Exhibitions from Hoversquid & Jasmine Jones
Grey Lantern at Hotbed Press:
Virginia Wing/XAM Duo
She The Throne
Cong Burn (Hotbed Press Yard Party)
Bound Art Book Fair present Bound x Sounds upstairs at Hotbed Press:
Band on the Wall at Five Four Studio 1:
Tru Luv at Five Four Studio 2:
Sleazy F presents: DRIPSET LIVE
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Comfortable on a Tightrope at Five Four Loft Space:
Ed Schrader’s Music Beat
Sarah Mary Chadwick
Regal Disco afterparty at The Kings Arms:
Out Of Quiet
De Rumba DJs
Thirsty Girls afterparty at The Salford Arms:
Thirsty Girls presents Homerpalooza
Night Fantasy afterparty at The Pint Pot:
Night Fantasy DJs
High Hoops afterparty at Five Four Studios:
High Hoops (All night long)
Sounds From The Other City festival information & FAQs
Ticket Information & FAQs
Skiddle guarantee that we have the lowest booking fees available for Sounds From The Other City festival tickets. We are an official primary ticket outlet and all tickets are processed and dispatched by Skiddle direct to you. All our tickets are sold at face value and originate directly from the event organiser.
When is Sounds From The Other City Festival 2021?
Sounds From The Other City Festival returns to Salford Sunday May 2nd 2021.
Where is Sounds From The Other City Festival?
Sounds From The Other City Festival located in Chapel Street, Salford. The postcode is M3 5JY.
How do I get to Sounds From The Other City Festival?
By Car - It is recommended to use public transport due to limited parking.
By Bus - Various bus services run from Manchester City Centre to the festival site. Pick-up locations and running times are yet to be announced.
By Rail - Northern and Salford Central have regular services throughout the day and evening.
How much are Sounds From The Other City Festival tickets?
Tickets are not yet on sale but you can be the first to know when tickets do go on sale by signing up to a reminder above.
What happens If I bought a ticket and cannot attend?
Unfortunately we can’t issue you with a refund if you can’t make the event due to work commitments or your mates have dropped out. In these circumstances, we advise passing on your tickets privately to avoid losing out on the money spent.
Refunds can only be offered if the event is cancelled or postponed, as agreed upon purchase.
Does Sounds From The Other City Festival have onsite camping?
No, Sounds From The Other City Festival is a non camping festival so camping equipment is not needed however there is plenty of alternative accommodation to choose from.
Does Sounds From The Other City Festival have any age restrictions?
Yes you must be 18 or over to attend Sounds From The Other City Festival. You may be asked to show photo ID.
Can I bring my own food and drink into Sounds From The Other City Festival?
You are not allowed to bring your own food and drink into Sounds From The Other City Festival. There will be a wide variety of food and drink stalls inside the festival, serving up organic, vegetarian and vegan options.
How can I access my tickets?
You can access your RapidScan tickets at any time by heading to www.skiddle.com/orders or the 'my tickets' section of the Skiddle app.
What are the set times?
These are generally released much closer to the event date.
Disabled Access Information
For this event, we're using the Skiddle Access Scheme by offering Personal Assistant tickets for customers who need to be accompanied. A Personal Assistant ticket is to be offered for free or discounted when somebody with a disability requires a carer to be in attendance with them. To automatically be eligible, please provide a copy of one of the following pieces of documentation listed below.
>Front page of DLA / PIP (no specific rate)
>Front page of Attendance Allowance letter (no specific rate)
>Evidence that registered severely sight impaired (blind)
>Recognised Assistance Dog ID card
>Credability's Access Card
If this applies to you then, please book the tickets you require (not including the Personal Assistant ticket) and contact the Skiddle Customer Care team with your documentation along with your 16-digit order reference number by submitting a support request here: https://help.skiddle.com/hc/en-us/requests/new
Travelling to/from the festival
SFTOC is easily accessible via train, car, or plane.
Hotels near Sounds From The Other City festival
The history of Sounds From The Other City festival
Sounds from the Other City is an independent festival of brand new music. Launched in 2005, the event was conceived by Maurice and Mark Carlin who wanted to create a platform for the best young independent promoters presenting the most exciting new music from Manchester and beyond. While running a record label and recording studio at Salford’s Islington Mill, they were enchanted by underused spaces like the Salford Arms and the Albert Vaults, and the one-day event continues to work with new and unusual venues each year in the Chapel Street area.
Growing in capacity each year, highlights include the first ever gig by the Ting Tings (2007) and career-making sets by Marina and The Diamonds (2009) and The Whip (2006). Taking in pavement sets by David Thomas Broughton, performances on station platforms, concerts-for-one in phone booths, groundbreaking visuals, live shows and DJ sets, Sounds is a magical and unique festival experience.