The problem with festivals these days is that there are just so many of them. And the touring circuit generally means that it’s the same couple of acts playing very similar sets in a similar line-up in different cities. It’s a good set-up when it means bands like Los Campesinos! and Wild beasts are continually playing sets around the country (as it was last year), but when you’re faced with the prospect of hurts headlining Dot to Dot festival, it can’t help but make you feel a little bit sad. But nevermind, as Sounds from the Other City ios back, the antidote to all these anodyne, flat-pack festivals, slightly bigger, almost undoubtedly better and still obscenely underrated.
For those who don’t know the drill, SFTOC is a one-day event where the best promoters from Manchester take over the venues of salford and put on the best new music for an adoring crowd. Last year saw the likes of Divorce, Egyptian Hip Hop, Jesca Hoop and Dutch Uncle take to the stage to play – and this year’s line-up has even more of a buzz about it. headlining the ever-brilliant Postcards from Manchester stage will be the irrepressible Those Dancing Days, with the unbridled energy of Eagulls lighting up the bill earlier on. Elsewhere, there’s everyone from Darren Hayman to D/R/U/G/S to fill up the day, along with The Twilight Sad, Patterns, Milk Maid and Rainbow Arabia. There are many more bands to come, too, and expect something pretty special from the likes of Now Wave, Comfortable on a Tightrope and Hey Manchester amongst others.
It’s a festival to get yourself lost within – to imbibe and let live long in the memory. It feels organic, it feels vital, and it’s going to feel even moreso if you’re going to find yourself in work answering telephones up until 5 o’clock that very same day. May 1st is the day to jot down in your diary, £18 the amount you need to keep in your bank account for a ticket (plus enough money to ensure The Old Pint Pot is drank dry again). All the relevant information can be found at the SFTOC website below:
and some tracks to prepare yourself with:
Eagulls – Council Flat Blues
Those Dancing Days – I’ll be yours
Patterns – New Noise EP
See you there (at about 6 o’clock).