A music festival celebrating diversity in music is promising its biggest ever line up as it enters it’s eight year.
Sounds From The Other City will showcase a snapshot of Manchester’s diverse music scene from across 14 venues along Chapel Street.
In years gone by the festival has played host to a number of now well established acts including Marina and the Diamonds and the Ting Tings.
Co-founder Mark Carlin said: “In some ways on paper it could be read as very similar to any of the other ‘500 artists, 50 stages, 1 big event’ type festival.
“However with SFTOC it’s very much about careful curation, attention to detail, and a genuine love and respect for the spirit of independence.”
Mark launched SFTOC with his brother Maurice as a platform for the best independent promoters around to present exciting new music from Manchester and beyond.
Each promoter receives a stage at a venue to curate ensuring the festival features a diverse set of acts with something for everyone.
The brothers were also enchanted by the surrounding area’s many underused venues which have since become an integral part of the festival’s set-up.
This year venues will include Islington Mill, the Angel Centre, and pubs such as the King’s Arms, the Crescent, and the Old Pint Pot.
Artists will even be playing at the churches of St. Philips and Sacred Trinity.
Despite rapid expansion since its inception in 2005 Mark says the festival still aims for a small and intimate feel with around 1500 people expected to attend.
“There is a very surreal sense to the day and also a feeling of everyone being on an adventure,” he said.
“Ultimately it’s one big day of discovery, of spaces and places with some amazing new music that you are about to discover sound tracking the way!”
He added: “The University of Salford and John Sweeney of the music department have been really supportive and have really embraced the spirit.”
This year’s highlights include Swedish star Molly Nilsson, Wire magazine favourite Ekoplekz, bouncy guitar music from This Many Boyfriends, and Leeds’s rising star Paul Thomas Saunders.
Festival goers can also enjoy performances in phone boxes, vintage stalls, gourmet hot dogs, lashings of real ale, and more.
Promoting the ‘Mind On Fire Collective’ and ‘This City Is Ours’ stages at the Old Pint Pot this year is SFTOC veteran Ian Breen.
The festival has become one of his favourites ever since he played with his band Day For Airstrikes six years ago.
“Since then I've made it my mission to attend every Sounds From The Other City and catch as many bands as possible,” he said.
“This year is jam-packed full of fantastic local acts and many great bands from further afield.”
He added: “I feel very privileged to have been asked to get involved with the running of, not one, but two stages this year.”
Among those playing at the Old Pint Pot include Sheffield-based King Capisce, local dream-pop heroes Patterns, and glitch-pop maestros From The Kites Of San Quentin.
Ian recommends people should wonder from venue to venue sampling new bands, the gigantic portions of fish and chips from the chippy next to the United Reformed Church, and ‘to party long into the night at Islington Mill until you find yourself six years down the line having never left’.
Tickets cost £18 and are available from Islington Mill, the Black Lion, and Gaslamp. Tickets are also available at Piccadilly Records, Skiddle.com, HMV, Seetickets, and Quay tickets but expect to pay a small booking fee. Venues open at 3pm on May 6 and runs until late.