Salford’s Sounds From The Other City (SFTOC) festival has revealed its full 2022 line-up ahead of the event’s return this spring.
Taking place this year on Sunday 1 May, 2022 at a host of small Salford venues, the underground music festival has built a reputation for bringing huge artists to the city whilst they are still at early points in their careers.
A firm favourite with local music lovers since it launched in 2005, this year’s line-up will continue to champion local promoters and small independent venues.
Spreading across a host of exciting indie venues, the 2022 event will continue to celebrate intimate gigs in small spaces – taking over the likes of Bexley Square, Seven Bro7hers Beerhouse, fivefourstudios, Hot Bed Press, Old Pint Pot, YES, Partisan, Porta, Regent Trading Estate, Saint Philip’s Church and The New Oxford.
Newly announced acts include favourites of the late Virgil Abloh, Manchester neo-soul and RnB band Lovescene, Salford-formed trippy, rhythm, drone and psychedelic noise collective GNOD and Edinburgh born singer-songwriter, Hamish Hawk.
Also lighting up SFTOC’s spiritual home of Chapel Street will be fresh female DJ collective Queer Latifah, Amsterdam’s beamy-grinned, indie-pop powerhouse Pip Blom, and RnB / pop artist TYSON.
Acts already announced include LayFullstop, LYR (Land Yacht Regatta) DJs from the Daytimers stable, Chandé and Gracie T, celebrated British electronic music producer Holy Other, and the proudly black and queer Bristol-based producer, vocalist and DJ, Grove.
Afterparties are also on the cards, with the long-awaited return of underground electronic night Bohemian Grove confirmed for this year’s event.
New kids on the bloc Piano in the City, meanwhil, will celebrate the Amapiano music coming from South Africa via Manchester, and elsewhere the tour de force of Freak Queer Rave is collaborating with Creatures to celebrate ‘the other’ well into the early hours.
Speaking on the upcoming festival, which returns after a two-year hiatus, Riv Burns, Creative Director for Sounds from the Other City, siad: “This year’s festival is really shaping up to have one of the most eclectic, exciting and enticing SFTOC line ups to date, with over 125 acts announced, plus a handful more in the pipeline
“It feels incredibly representative of the times we are living in and I couldn’t be prouder of the vision and talent of this city. We are really excited to be working with a whole array of visual artists who will be creating special happenings and strange goings on to the site throughout the day as well. The audience journey of this year’s festival will truly be like no other.”
Tier 2 tickets for the festival are now on sale, priced at just £32 plus booking fees, and are available until the end of March (subject to demand). The festival is a regular sell-out so those eager to attend are advised to move quickly.
To buy tickets visit soundsfromtheothercity.com.
6a6y 6 b2b Adrian Steele (DJ) – Agent J (DJ) – Akemi Fox – Alex – Alex Ross (DJ) – Amelia Wallace – Another; Country $$$$ – Aria Scere (Vogueing Workshop) – Atiké & Obeka – audiobooks – Ayy Den – Bob Cojones – Call it a Truce – Carriage Return – Chandé B2B G33 – Charlotte Newman – China Lilly – Chips with Everything – Contours – Dirty Freud – Dirty K (DJ) – Dogs with Jobs – Do you Remember the First Time? (DJ) – Edane NG – Fatty Acid Cabaret – Fehdah – For Breakfast – Fran Lobo – Francesca – Frazer (DJ) – Freya Beer – glue70 – GNOD – Good Afternoon presents: Return To The Disco Womb – Gracie T B2B Vindya – Grove – Gut Level (DJ) – Hamish Hawk – HighSchool – Holy Other – Isaiah Hull – Jasmine Rowland (DJ) – Jenna G (DJ) – John Myrtle – Juke Joint (DJ) – Julia (Wonderhaus) – July 7 – Katbrownsugar (DJ) – Katy J Pearson (stripped back set) – Kid Katharsis – Kiss Me Again Residents – Ku’umba – La Presidenta (DJ) – Lara Jones – Late night Karaoke hosted by Teegs – Lavender Rodriguez – LayFullstop – Léna C (DJ) – Linnkü (DJ) – Lovescene – Lowell (DJ) – Lurid Ultra Hybrid – LYR – M a t e k o i – M3 Industries – Madi Saskia – Mali Hayes – Mandy, Indiana – Mewn – Mia La Mette – Modern Nature – Motto Estate – Murder He Wrote – Musumba – Natalian (All Hands on Deck DJ Workshop), Natalie and the Monarchy – Nayana Iz – NIVETHA – NoSpace Mcr – Obeka (LIVE) – OneDa – P-Ro Jones (DJ) – Bitez – Pip Blom – Psychederek – Queer Latifah – RSP – Ruby Swallow – Sandy Freckle – Sarah Bates – Sens Sagna and the Kajamor Family – Short Supply – SIBZ – Son of Bingo – Sonny Bliss – Splint – Szajna – Test Card Girl – Thank – The Bug Club – The KTNA – The Rebel – Threads – Trayner – TV Babies – TYSON – Victoria Jane – Wesley Gonzalez – What Do I Tell My Friends? – Yossari Baby – Zeyla – Plus a few more TBA
Alphaville – Band on the Wall – Beauty Witch – Big People Music – Daytimers – Fat Out – Good Afternoon – Grey Lantern – Heavenly Recordings – Hey! Manchester – Kiss me Again – Ladies Music Pub – Love Rain – Me Gusta – NIAMOS – Now Wave – OneFiveEight – Partisan collective – Reform Radio – Regal Disco – Strange Days – Sweet Vibrations Radio – Tales From Other Worlds – The Factory – Tru Luv – VAM
Warning after terrifying video shows party decorations catching fire in a Manchester bar – again
Fire crews in Greater Manchester are warning bars and restaurants to be careful after footage emerged of party decorations catching fire above customers’ heads.
In just seconds, the entire ceiling is ablaze, with terrified customers scrambling for the exit.
Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue service released the video in a bid to raise awareness and prevent any similar incidents at hospitality venues in the city-region.
The shocking incident occurred in a shisha bar in Rusholme, in May this year.
Fortunately, no one was seriously injured, but several people were taken to hospital with suspected burns.
In both this instance and in the One Eight Six incident, the cause of the blaze was determined as being ‘indoor fireworks igniting decorations, which then burned rapidly allowing the fire to spread’.
GMFRS is now working with licensing teams from the 10 councils in Greater Manchester to offer free information and advice sessions to owners and managers of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants in advance of the Halloween, World Cup and the Christmas party season.
Leon Parkes, GMFRS’s director of prevention and protection, said: “Hospitality venues have a responsibility to keep their customers and staff safe and at Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service we want to help businesses to understand their legal responsibilities and take action to protect their property, staff and customers from fire.
“We have seen a couple of instances in the past year in Manchester where fires have broken out in venues caused by indoor fireworks setting light to decorations.
“While fortunately fires don’t occur very often, the impact of a fire can be devastating and many businesses don’t recover.
“Pubs, bars and other venues will be very, very busy during October, November and December. It’s important that staff prepare by getting trained in what they need to do and that they don’t inadvertently create a fire risk.
“We know that the last two years have been really difficult for hospitality businesses and hopefully the forthcoming World Cup and Christmas period will be a boost for them. We gave out fire safety advice in May last year as Covid-19 restrictions eased and we are now working with our partners to help hospitality businesses be safe and stay safe.”
‘Significant risk’ of UK gas shortages this winter, regulator warns
Energy regulator Ofgem has warned that the UK faces a ‘significant risk’ of gas shortages this winter.
According to reports in The Times, the regulator has unveiled concerns that the country could face blackouts over the coming months thanks to an undersupply of gas to Europe caused by Russia’s war with Ukraine.
Warning that a “gas supply emergency” could be looming ahead, the energy regulator has said that some gas-fired power plants could see their supplies cut off, which in turn would stop generators from producing electricity.
The alert comes just days before an expected update from the National Grid on the likelihood of countrywide power cuts this winter.
Responsing to arequest from SSE, which owns several gas power stations, Ofgem outlined what is set to be a huge issue of concern given that the UK relies on large gas plants to produce the biggest share of its electricity supply.
The regulator also pointed to rules that could see power plants penalised as a result of shortages, warning of a worst-case scenario that would see the “potential insolvency of gas-fired generators” caused by rules that require plants to pay huge charges if they fail to deliver on promised quotas.
Adding that the issue must be addressed to prevent a “significant impact on the safety and security of the electricity and/or gas systems”, the regulator echoed concerns now widespread in Europe as its comments followed a similar statement made by the International Energy Agency (IEA) this morning.
Europeans are already being told they must lower their thermostats and boilers in preparation in case gas supplies are cut off, with Paris-based agency IEA warning today that the EU must focus on getting underground gas reserve levels to 90% of capacity in case of a complete Russian supply shut-off.
Preparation are already being made in Europe with the German government having approved a set of energy-saving measures for the winter to limit use in public buildings. In France, meanwhile, companies have already been warned they may face energy rationing this winter.
Whilst the UK government is yet to announce any energey saving measures, Ofgem has said that it expect s“this winter to be more challenging than last year” and that it is taking “reasonable regulatory steps to mitigate and reduce the risks”.