Returning for it's tenth year of May Day party action, The Banks of the Irwell across Salford's Chapel Street will once again be home to 'a celebration of new music and performance, uniting the cream of the national and international scene with some of the city's finest independent promoters, collectives and club nights.'
Sounds From The Other City yet again prepares to welcome a discerning line up of up and coming artists, well established auteurs and forward thinking musicians to an array of venues in and around Salford, from proper old pubs, to the gorgeous churches of St. Philips and Sacred Trinity, to station platforms and street pavements.
Tireless live music promoters Now Wave lead the charge at Peel Hall on May 4th, inviting the likes of all girl, Manchester four piece Pins (above), lo-fi skewiff pop duo Bernard & Edith, Adult Jazz, Eaves and Broken Twin for another irresistible line up that we've grown accustomed to from Now Wave.
Faction & Deep Hedonia head to St Philips Church for an exciting meeting of visual arts and rave aesthetics, featuring live AV working alongside sets from the likes of the always intriguing Lee Gamble and Dave Gaskarth, Karen Gwyler, Theo Burt and John T Gast, plus an appearance from Modern Love records' very own Gaz Howells.
Fellow members of the Modern Love family - Rainer Veil too join in for Tru Love at The Angel Centre. Their live sets, as can be seen by their Boiler Room appearance above, are an otherworldly, entrancing experience, using decayed tape sounds and immense low end bass notes, complete with restrained melodic nuances to create an ethereal and engulfing atmosphere, making them definite must-sees at this year's Sounds From The Other City. The sublime Rosie Lowe joins them, as does Avec Sans and Girl Friend.
Elsewhere, Hey! Manchester invite The Travelling Band to perform Neil Young's On The Beach at First Chop Brewing Arm, whilst Fat Out and Gizeh Records bring Sly & The Family Drone, Charled Hayward and Shield Patterns to Maxwell Hall.
Another absolute must see comes in the shape of Finland's incredibly enchanting, completely alien chanteuse Islaja (above), who has become one of Fonal Records most outstanding members over the years. She is set to perform at The Crescent thanks to Comfortable on a Tightrope & Chew Disco. Prepare to be completely mesmerized.
With plenty more on the extensive line up (check it out here), Sounds From The Other City once again comes up trumps in providing one of the most exciting, underground line ups, marrying art, with intriguing locations and cutting edge artists in impressive fashion.
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