Sounds From The Other City

Sunday 02/05/2010

3pm – 3am

SFTOC started out six years ago now and I’m ashamed to say that this year will see me attending for the first time. I think I have a good enough excuse for last years absence, as I was living out a life long dream of seeing The Specials play live, for the previous years I’ll hold my hands up to not having as good excuses. What makes it even more of travesty is that I live literally in the middle of all the chosen venues for this day long event. So this year I am going and that’s a fact.

If you are not au-fait with the area SFTOC will be encompassing then I’ll give you a brief overview. The Chapel Street region of Salford has long been left to demise from its former glory. Half demolished and boarded up buildings have for a long time been the norm unfortunately. Most people would be forgiven for thinking that the posh Lowry Hotel is actually in Manchester, but this is wrong and just goes to show how close to the city centre this part of Salford is.

Hotly tipped acts this year include Radio 2’s favourite flavour and Elbow collaborator, Jesca Hoop, NME’s next big things, Egyptian Hip Hop, Mancunian folk dominatrix, Liz Green, sublime chill out sounds from Brighton’s Fujiya and Miyagi, cult-alt-noise-artist/hero Alexander Tucker, and a host of local talents, including May 68, Hotpants Romance and more.

As well as the ‘Cheap Affair’ original/vintage market, food, live screen printed wares, real ale, spoken word from Dead Man’s Shoes star Neil Bell and novelist Chris Killen, other highlights include access to virgin music venues such as the Salvation Army on James Street, complete with retro sprung dance floor and the atmospheric innards of St Philips Church.

All in all, it’s an unrivalled party, an astonishing twelve hours of aural bliss, for just £15. Tickets are available now from and Piccadilly Records. Wristband exchange will be located in the communal space at Islington Mill.

So for me to have this nine staged event take place here is truly fantastic and I’d like to thank the organisers for breathing new life into this much forgotten part of my home city.

Below you will find all the info you need about this years Sounds From The Other City.


VENUES (click on any of these to find who’s playing)


Islington Mill – Club Space

Islington Mill –The Engine House

Islington Mill –Communal Space

Islington Mill –Gallery

The Salvation Army (due to a wall collapsing in the building next door all these events will now take place upstairs at the Kings Arms)

St. Philips Church

The Angel Centre

Old Pint Pot – Upstairs

Old Pint Pot – Downstairs

The Crescent

The New Oxford

The Rovers Return

Into The Small Hours


See you there?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: