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Back for another banging Bank Holiday weekend, Sounds From The Other City have announced this year’s line-up for their annual celebration. Taking place on the 5th of May, SFTOC is a firm underground favourite, delivering a unique yearly event that champions local promoters and celebrates the off-kilter beauty of Salford – the ‘other city’ to Manchester.

We are delighted to announce we will be taking over Salford’s Peel Hall with Manchester arts organisation Band on the Wall to curate an exclusive stage for this year’s festival. Let us introduce you to the artists we have joining us. You can grab your tickets to the multi-venue event here and get a taste of some of the UK’s best upcoming talent.

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Lavender Rodriguez

Manchester-based, Hampshire-grown Lavender Rodriguez explores the sounds between alternative soul and Afro-beat by night, whilst working as a classical composer by day. Their music celebrates the intersectionality of queerness, being mixed race, and the universal life experience.

Lavender previously joined us for a live session on The Takeover w/ Kaoti. Check out the full session below.

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Urbi B2B Juno

Urbi is one of many hobbyists who perfected their craft in lockdown. However, unlike the rest, her seamless blending of different house genres has earned an impressive following and some heavy support from the underground realms in the short space of a year. She’ll be showcasing her infectious style and creativity alongside fellow Reform Radio resident, Juno. Juno works the crowd with an upbeat selection of percussive, afro, deep, soulful house, broken beat and jazz. Come along to watch the duo delve into inspiring sounds from across the globe.

Listen to the most recent Urbi show on Reform below.

You can also check out Juno’s most recent show below.

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0161 resident KinKai’s ear was attuned to a wide range of West African music, reggae, jazz, and hip-hop at an early age. Inspired by his mother’s vinyl collection and influenced by his Jamaican and Sierra Leonean roots, his heartfelt discography is a bonafide gem of UK underground hip-hop. We are proud to host KinKai as our Reform Radio artist in residence and offer him the stage to share the vast array of sounds and craft he has explored within his residency. Listen to KinKai’s most recent show on Reform below.

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muva of Earth

Davina Earth Adeosun-Bright, more popularly known as muva of Earth, is inspired by the act of evolution. Taking cues from innovative sound travellers like Bjork and FKA Twigs, her path has been one of expansion and self-reflection. As a solo act and one-half of DIVINEANGEL, muva of Earth blesses audiences across the UK and Europe with celestial sounds and meditative experiences.

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Lashimba isn’t just the host of our breakfast show, she is also an acclaimed artist and producer. Combining a multitude of genres to create an indie R&B sound, we experience infused smooth vocals with rap/spoken word verses. Lashimba as part of a new generation using their art to champion feminism. Check out her morning residency at Reform here.

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Renee Stormz

Stoic and wise, current and fierce. Renee Stormz unapologetically flows innovative lyricism over soulful hip-hop beats, evoking power, nostalgia, and grace. We’ve been lucky to have Renee with us in the Reform space for a while now. She was part of our Soundcamp bootcamp in 2020, she now joins us on the airwaves for some incredible shows. Check out her January mix below.

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Ife Ogunjobi

A vital contributor to the London scene, Ife is one fifth of the band Ezra Collective. He is a purveyour of an authentic sound versatile enough to transition from spiritual jazz to dance fuelled Afrobeat in a heartbeat.

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Multi-instrumentalistISHA’s fresh funk beats are characterised by rare groove appeal and strong bass lines. Her influences go back to the funk, hip-hop, and jazz scene of the 70’s and 80’s, as well as modern-day acts like SG Lewis, Jungle and FKJ.

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SHEwillprovide ft. Mix-Stress, Shimrise and Andrea Trout (panel discussion presented by Adele Tondu)

Formidable collective SHEwillprovide are hosting a panel of DJs to discuss their individual journeys and the current DJ landscape. Featuring on the panel are some of the best in the business – Mix-Stress, Shimrise and Andrea Trout. The discussion will be hosted by Adele Tondu. Listen to SHEwillprovide’s takeover show on Reform Radio below.

We cannot wait to chat, boogie, and celebrate at this year’s festival. Don’t forget to grab your tickets here now to join in on the antics.

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