Sounds From the Other City Festival is coming to Salford this weekend bringing a mammoth line-up of acts.
Returning to the city of Salford, the festival is a celebration of new music, performance and art. Happening regularly each May bank holiday on Chapel Street the festival returns for its 13th edition to the historic city.
Across multiple stages the festival showcases the best in new and forward-thinking music. Last year the festival saw early career performances from ALT-J, Go Go Penguin and Sampha.
Rivca Burns, Programme producer and evets Co-ordinator said: “The community that surrounds it has been key to its continued growth and atmosphere. From the promoters, to the musicians to the audience; it’s the people that make SFTOC what it is and the fact that it means so much to so many people as it’s a celebration of what is now and true independence”.
Venues for the festival include churches, art galleries, old breweries and mills which all are all part of the festivals experience. This year’s instalment of the festival sees incredible acts such as Flamingods, Tom Williams, and Horsebeach just to name a few. With more than 40+ acts/artists, full line-up is nothing short of mouth-watering.
Having reached its 13th edition, the festival has enjoyed substantial success over the years it has been active. As Ricva tells:
“In a world where festivals are growing and growing and attracting more and more corporate sponsors we have kept hold of our independence, identity and format – the atmosphere both on the street and in the venues improves each year because of this as everyone simply has a greater understanding of what we are all trying to achieve together.
“Also, I guess in a logistical sense we become more and more accustomed to how things work and so do the people we work with so we are slowly but surely ironing out the teething problems”.
SFTOC is an ode to the celebration of music as it unites national and international scene with an array of promoters, collectives and night clubs. Asking about how the festival attracts attendees from outside the city and further afield, Ricva said:
“Yes it does, not huge numbers but a few. We are seeing each year that attendees are expanding more and more outside of the northwest which is really exciting for us and for the ‘Other City’ as a whole”.
The festival boasts impeccable feedback from some of the most prominent music publications including The Independent, NME and The Skinny. The May bank holiday is sure to be exciting in the city. Physical tickets for the event can be picked up at Islington Mill, Common, Old Pint Pot, Kings Arms and Font Chorlton.
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