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Sounds From The Other City – This Sunday!

So Mind on Fire and This City Is Ours team up once again this May bank holiday to present a stage at the wonderful Sounds From The Other City.

We are in the Kings Arms this year kicking off from 3pm til late across 2 floors. Check our lineup below, and check the website for full lineups across all stages, videos, downloads and all sorts of other exciting info.

Tickets available from Islington Mill, Piccadilly Records, The Bay Horse, Skiddle, See and Quay.


SFTOC 2013

SFTOC 2013












Here’s what we got in store….

FINGATHING (Bare Bones Soundsystem)
DEFT (Rwina Records / Space Hardware)
BLACKSMIF (Blah Blah Blah / Synchronicity)
REAL (WotNot / XVI Records / Sounds Of Sumo)
RAIN DOG (Project : Mooncircle)
SZARE (Horizontal Ground / Idle Hands)
FRAMEWORKS – live band (First Word / My First Moth)
COGI (Broken Bubble)
KA/VAN (This City Is Ours)

Visuals by EMN
Install by UPPER SPACE

Music links here:

There are some absolutely cracking bookings on some of the other stages, Daedelus at Islington Mill being a highlight. Also, Bad Uncle showcasing some one off collaborations, and MCR Scenewipe hosting all their acts via skype. Check the website for more info.

We hope to see you there!

Our latest Collaborative event with This City Is Ours lands on Good Friday!

Featuring a Manchester debut of Paul White’s live show with live drumming from Mo Kolours. There’s also sterling support in the from of fellow Mancunians Ape Cult and Danny Drive Thru.

29/03/13 X Kraak Gallery

£5 adv motd


Download X New Borland EP

Our good friends Borland have just released a cracking new EP on This City is Ours, this comes highly recommended and at name your price it’d be rude not to!

Check it

13/02/13 X Futureproof feat. Omas X Aver

Our weekly social continues at Soup Kitchen with a different guest every week throughout February.

This week we have The Natural Curriculum’s own Omas and Aver gracing the decks. These two need no introduction and have been the backbone of some of Manchester’s finest hip hop productions over the last few years. Support as usual will come from MOF residents Joe Who? and Dan Nation.


You know the drill, on the last Sunday of every month, MOF Selectors takeover The Nook for 6 hours of eclectic music and occasional sillyness.

Each month we are joined by a guest selector from across Manchester’s musical spectrum – with Denis Jones, K.J Ill of PYC Sessions and Chunky passing through in recent months.

For the first session of 2013 we invite Jonny Dub from the Hoya:Hoya famly to join us. A great chance to catch easily one of the best party DJs in Manchester in a nice cosy setting.

Check his mix for Fabric from last year here:

The Nook’s famous roast dinner is available during the day, with MOF taking over from 6pm til late.

Expect music spanning genre, tempo, space and time.

Facebook event here

This Wednesday we continue our weekly social at Soup Kitchen with local hip hop stalwarts Taste the Diff’rence. Music will be running from 6-midnight, Reach!

Facebook event here

01/12/2012 // DJ Boogie Blind // Odder

This Saturday see’s Mind on Fire collaborating with Will Not Be Televised and In The Loop to bring DJ Boogie blind to the newly renovated function room at Odder.

With top notch local support in the form of TNC’s Bill Sykes, showcasing material off his new EP, Konny Kon, In the Loop’s Agent G & DJ A-up along with resident MOF selectors

Did we mention its all for free?


Friday // Mind on Fire residents @ Indigo Withington

This Friday catch MOF residents Dan Nation and Joe Who? Inna place at Indigo in Withington 10-2. Vibes inside the place

This Saturday our good friends In the Loop are hosting a city centre workshop including insights into writing bars and making beats.

PETE CANNON – breakdown of beat making
MECCA 83 – providing beats to write to
LYRICALLIGRAPHY/BEDOS – leading the writing

CYPHER to finish


12-4PM // FREE



Orbit- A show in 7 parts

Salford-based music spectacular, Sounds From The Other City, is unafraid of scale or diversity, hosting more than 100 bands, artists and performers every May in venues up and down Chapel Street. Inspired by this feted mélange of sound and art, Orbit is a one-off co-production between The Volkov Commanders performance group and SFTOC.

Playing with the structure of a festival, the event aims to create a unified, shared experience for Orbit voyagers. Instead of going off and doing your own thing as you would do at a normal festival, the audience is put into a collective ‘orbit’ through space and time from the start.

Taking in music, art and performance along the way, historic spaces on the orbital path include St Philips Church, Islington Mill and the Old Pint Pot – with live events and performances to bring the spaces between to vivid life in this procession and performance in one.

An extremely rare appearance by cult musician, artist, dj and Boltonian, Planningtorock is a highlight. After being hand picked to appear at Antony Hegarty’s Meltdown Festival on the Southbank (London), this DFA records favourite curates Sweden’s Curious Festival with the Knife ahead of her session at Orbit. Long-time collaborator with The Knife, Bjork-faves the Soft Pink Truth, and cult porn director, Bruce LaBruce, check her LPs on DFA, including 2011’s acclaimed W (10/10 Vice, 5/5 Attitude, 4/5 The Sun) for a taste of what to expect.

According to the Vice magazine, Ed Schrader’s Music Beat are “one of the most engaging artists of our generation.” Wild performance and unexpected sounds are guaranteed with elements of old-school TV performances (yes, dry ice) and Perspex cubes integrated into the act. Check out Jazz Mind on Load/Upset the Rhythm for a flavour of what to expect.

Also on the bill, SFTOC is thrilled to present the Manchester debut of Guardian faves, Yola Fatoush. Serving up a feast “reconstructed RnB”, Orbit re-de-re-constructs their sound, hosting the two band members in separate spaces, re-connected in time and space by streaming technology. The Yola Fatoush EP is out on Parlour now. Check the Guardian profile for more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2012/jun/20/new-band-yola-fatoush.

In the pilot’s seat, The Volkov Commanders are the conductors of Orbit. Comprised of artists Anna Beam, Mariel Osborn and Aliyah Hussain, they have worked with SFTOC, Manchester International Festival, and cult performance artists like Marina Abramovich (MIF), Trixie Carr & Jeremy Bailey (Abandon Normal Devices Festival). For each mission, they develop bespoke costumes, moves and concepts; they will be Islington Mill’s artists in residence in the month leading up to the show.

The Volkov Commanders describe their living installations as “bombarding people with absurdity, using props to break down inhibitions and help the audience feel entitled to act with wild abandon and have as much fun as we do on stage”. For this special show, they wanted to united audience and performer in a cohesive ‘narrative’, the aim being for everyone to leave having the same memories and sensations.

This transformative voyage includes Manchester band, Gnod, whose techno soundscapes reveal a transformed band from over a year of constant European touring throughout Europe, plus sets from the rising talents N-Racker and Queer’d Science. Boomkat records fave, N-Racker, is mooted to be a big name producer working under a pseudonym, while new project Queer’d Science offers headline material with intense punk-infused disco-

Like real life, Orbit is about the journey and each time festival goers leave one venue they will interact with Orbit characters before being led on to the next venue. Guests will explore the stars and planets through wild costumes, ballroom dancing, mysterious choirs, ancient rituals, hypnotising sounds, glittering trophies and automated drones.