Now in its eighth year, Sounds From The Other City is Salford's unique music happening that springs up at venues all around Chapel Street over one Bank Holiday Sunday.
You simply buy a ticket for £18, and swap it at Islington Mill on the day for a wristband which allows access to every show and party along the route. It's more an experience than a `festival' with all shades of music covered, most of which wouldn't be seen dead near a tv music channel.
There's so much to cover it's best to crawl the SFTOC website www.soundsfromtheothercity.com but here's a venue by venue guide…
FAT OUT 'TIL YOU PASS OUT at THE CRESCENT -`Sweet riffs and party beats' featuring 100% Beefcock and The Titsburster, Monster Island, Bad Hammer, Dead Sea Apes and Super Luxury – expect ear bursting electro distortion, flaming guitars and post punky vibes at this stage.
BAD UNCLE AND HEAR HERE at THE UNITED REFORM CHURCH - Other worldy? Experimental? Islet has created an original film soundtrack for this gig, while also appearing are Teeth of the Sea, Peepholes, Wode, Nasdaq, Well Wisher and Vei – the names kind of give it all away…
CHERYL at ISLINGTON MILL GALLERY - New York art collective described as `Dolly Parton meeting Alfred Hitchcock and Richard Simmons at Conwy'…often perform in cat masks.
BAD LANGUAGE at THE NEW OXFORD - Flash fictions, flying words, spoken rage and cagey goings on with Les Malheureux, Alabaster De Plume, Preventing Kharms, Bad Language editors JP Daly, Daniel Carpenter and Nici West, plus Tom Mason and David Hartley.
HEY! MANCHESTER STAGE at ST PHILIP'S CHURCH - Manchester based promoters bring an array of talent to Salford, ranging from singer songwriters to alternative jazz to soulful indie folk – with Loney Dear, Paul Thomas Saunders, Stranded Horse, Withered Hand, Laura J Martin, Joseph and David, and Stuart McCallum.
COMFORTABLE ON A TIGHTROPE at THE KINGS ARMS - A bit of everything, from torch songs to torched tunes with Molly Nilsson, The Rebel, Inigo Ugarteburu, Meddicine, Sacred Paws, Yule FM, Please and Apostille.
DROWNED IN SOUND at THE BLACK LION (Upstairs) - Ambient, digital, electronic and guitar adventures with Walls In Salford, Dam Mantle, Regal Safari, Eaux, Stalking Horse, Embers, Shinies, New Hips and Ghosting Season.
FAKTION at SACRED TRINITY CHURCH - Expect strange synthy stuff and `horror electronics' from Baron Mordant, Ekoplekz and Vindicatrix.
TRASH-O-RAMA at THE ROVER RETURNS - Noisy, trashy, fun and feisty madness with Covergirl, Daq Sabbath, Laser Dream Eyes, No Womb, Klaus Kinski, Base Ventura, Waterworld and Sex Hands.
MIND ON FIRE and THIS CITY IS OURS at THE OLD PINT POT - DJs, electronica, ambient, raw beats and wistful pop are mixed and matched in a huge line-up featuring Shigeto, Lapalux, Debian Blak, Ghost Mutt, Alphabets Heaven, From The Kites of San Quentin, Go Go Penguin, Patterns, King Capisce, Acre, Day For Airstrikes, Borland, Agent J Groovement, Danny Drive Thru, Anthony and Mind on Fire and This City Is Ours DJs.
NOW WAVE and OFF WITH THEIR HEADS at ISLINGTON MILL - Female focussed, `sounds of the near future' and a party with Maria Minerva, Verity Susman, Keep Shelly In Athens, The Black Belles, Pandr Eyez, Sunless '97, Au Palais, Fear of Men, Pins and the ABC Club.
PANOPLY SOUND STAVE at ALBERT MILL - Artistic performance event with ten pieces throughout the day where rave meets Native American earth power, cameras, paint and performance come out and installations appear…
PARADOX at THE ANGEL CENTRE - A bit of everything, from poetry to bluegrass, to guitar pop and dub with Daniel Land and the Modern Painters, Easter, Butcher The Bar, Greetings, Suttree, Seamen, Frazer King, Tom Jenks, Chris McCabe, Socrates Adams Flourou, Neil Campbell, Stephen Waddicor and Rapid Pig.
UNDERACHIEVERS at THE SALFORD ARMS - Loud, raucous sounds, from fuzz pop to electronica to grunge punk rock featuring The Lovely Eggs, Ghost Outfit, This Many Boyfriends, Let's Buy Happiness, Young Husband, Victories At Sea and Greatwaves.
WORK THEM, POP DEVIANTS and friends at THE BLACK LION (downstairs) - clubby, DJ thang with Pop Deviant, Work Them and Reykjavik Tourist Guide.
There's way too much to cover but there's full details and links to all the acts at www.soundsfromtheothercity.com.
Sounds From The Other City
Various venues around Chapel Street, Salford
Sunday May 6th 3pm til late
Tickets, price £18, available from www.quaytickets.com and www.skiddle.com exchanged for wristbands on the day from Islington Mill, James Street, Salford, M3 5HW. Further details phone 0161 278 6404.
SEE ALSO SIGHTS FROM THE OTHER CITY - click here