Festivals have become somewhat ubiquitous, but one as exceptional as Sounds From The Other City (SFTOC) are really quite difficult to track down. Centred around Islington Mill and spread across iconic spots along Chapel Street such as Salford Cathedral, The Angel Centre, Kings Arms and new additions of Hotbed Press and Five Four studios, the day-long festival have just announced their full line-up and it reads like a birthday wishlist, including treats you didn’t even know you wanted. Rough Trade signees and purveyors of scuzzy, garage pop sounds Goat Girl join the bill with ’90s rave influenced Lorenzo Senni (whose productions aren’t far from Warp Records labelmate Plaid) and dreamy indie pop artist Anna Burch. Those after a flavour of neo-soul and jazz don’t need to look further than MistaJam favourite XamVolo (he’s drawn comparisons with D’Angelo and Anderson Paak), while West African percussion, Chinese guzhengs and remix work is represented by Mancunian Werkha. BAFTA-winning actor Burgundy Blood brings his hip hop along with homegrown post-punk band Duds (a favourite of 6 Music’s Marc Riley), as well as psychedelic supergroup Luminous Bodies and grime/hip hop artist Sleazy F. A world-premiere of a specially-commissioned AV collaboration between composer Laura Bowler and visual artist Rachel Goodyear could only be heightened by a performance with the BBC Philharmonic, while you can be sure that club night High Hoops and/or (delete as appropriate) MCR disco wrecking crew Night Fantasy will see you through some night time fun. Championing the best in new music with over 100+ acts, SFTOC continues to be a vital hub for emerging artists. With a nod to this year’s concept, grab a ticket and get yourself down to Soundstown.

Sun 6 May, Various venues around Chapel Street, £25, 3pm-late, www.soundsfromtheothercity.com

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Sun 6 May
Edwina Chan
Published on:
Wed 18 Apr 2018