In the 19th Century, the area around Chapel Street saw the opening of Peel Park, the first free public park in the country and Salford Borough Library, the first free library in Great Britain. 1931 saw the Battle of Bexley Square, when ten thousand unemployed people marched to Salford Town Hall, only to be met with brutal police force.
These days, it’s way more tranquil with street happenings, bars, shops and restaurants lining the road and enveloping Bexley Square. Even the historic St Philips Church hosts gigs by the wild and wonderful. Now, the area is about to be even more makeovered, being at the centre of the largest planning application in history which will see it transformed over the next 25 years.
The loud, the weird and the wonderful at Sounds From The Other City fest. Expect street performance to the max…
2014, photo credit: Alex Morgan
Since 2005, Sounds From The Other City has been showcasing the best in new music, art and performance via a one day extravaganza, which turns into a trail of the area to find wild events in wild venues, be it old industrial places, pubs, pop-up marquees, on the street and even in St Philips Church.
Bands that have featured over the years range from James Ferraro, to Marina, Alt-J, The Ting Tings, Hannah Peel and GoGo Penguin, through to Mercury Music Prize winner Sampha, and Mercury Music Prize nominees, Black Midi. Everyone agrees that SFTOC is ‘part music festival, part bar crawl and part community celebration’. And it’s all promoted by local independents.