Too spoilt for choice with music festivals? Well, don’t worry – Annie Rees shines a spotlight on a select few festivals happening this summer.

Sounds from the Other City – Sunday April 30th 2017, 3pm-4am, various venues, Chapel St. in Salford.

The Sounds From The Other City festival (SFTOC) is 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.

Happening regularly on the May Day Bank Holiday each year along the Chapel St Corridor of the historic city of Salford, 2017 will be the festival’s 13th installment. SFTOC highlights the best in new and forward-thinking music across multiple stages; 2016 saw 17 stages of varied acts to choose from.

Over the last 12 years, the Festival has seen early career performances from an eclectic array of artists: from Alt-J to Lapalux; the Ting Tings to Jane Weaver; Go Go Penguin to Sampha, and has been covered by many publications like the Guardian, the New York Daily Post, the NME and more.

Line-up: Bad Uncle, Now Wave, Hey! Manchester & Grey Lantern along with the long awaited return of Comfortable on a Tightrope. The Beauty Witch, Fat Out & Paradox, TOPP, Tru Luv, Night Fantasy, Sacred Tapes, Good Afternoon and NTS.

Bluedot – July 7 – July 9 2017, Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire.

Following a well-received inauguration last year, Bluedot is back this year with another promising line-up. The festival, which interestingly uses the world’s biggest steerable telescope as the backdrop, will see acts like Alt-J, Pixies, Shura, Warpaint and Orbital grace its stage. From its unique location to its unique line-up, Bluedot presents a good case for being the new must-check for the festival-goers.

The Great Northern Ska Festival: August 19 2017, Bowler’s Exhibition Centre in Manchester

Manchester Ska Foundation started life back in 2010 when two musicians decided they wanted to bring the 2-tone era back to people of Manchester. They had a vision of rude boys & rude girls dusting off their cherry red Doc Martins and re-living the days of stomping to bands such as Madness, The Specials, Bad Manners and many more. Out of these fascinating and exciting ideas, Manchester Ska Foundation was born.

Some people know exactly what they want and a well-rounded line-up doesn’t excite them – they just want a heavy dose of a single genre. If the genre happens to be Ska or two tone, you will love The Great Northern Ska Festival. As the name suggests, the annual gathering is one of the biggest celebrations of Ska in the north.


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