LAST weekend, Sounds From The Other City graced our doorsteps once again with a radical lineup of local royalty.

Bands and artists including Boys Will Be Boys, Jacuzzi and Wolf Girl took to the stage for a weekend of live music and glorious Salford sunshine.

Following on from our previous article about the run up to the SFTOC festival which you can read here.

We went and enjoyed a day of amazing music, hot weather and cultural exploration.

The hottest bank holiday in 20 years, the timing couldn’t have been better.

May 6th marked the day that music artists from all over gathered in Salford to perform for crowds in the sun.

The great turnout was expected and less than 100 tickets were available on the door.

Chapel Street was overnight turned into a ‘Sound Town’ with an artistic laundrette and a gym as Islington Mill was transformed into a miniature city within a city.

The on street activity was described as being “electric” and the atmosphere was as lively as previous years.

Only amplified by the great turnout.

We spoke to Rivca Burns, one of the organisers of the event who was more than pleased with the bank holiday sunshine.

While Rivca was spending her Tuesday cleaning up the bins from the pulsing music festival over the weekend, she told us all about the changes SFTOC has undergone through the years.

She said: ”Over the last three years we’ve tripled in size to now being a 3000 capacity festival.

“We have a real core contingency of people who come back year on year.

”We see familiar faces over and over but some new faces all at the same time.”

This year marked the first appearance of all day sunshine since the festival began in 2004.

Over the past 14 years of the festival the ticket sales have increased three fold.


No plans have been made just yet regarding SFTOC 2019 but you can find more information on upcoming events through their website here 

New events happening at Islington Mill are listed on their website here 

They are currently fundraising to raise funds for essential roof repairs needed to save the mill. You can make a donation online, all proceeds will go towards saving the magnificent traditional Salfordian structure.

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