Festival News: Off The Record – Manchester

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Off The Record

Friday 4th November 2016, Manchester
off the record squareWe are thrilled to announce our involvement with a brand new concept festival for new music, happening in Manchester this November, Off The Record.


Put together by the people behind 3 of the UK’s most loved independent festivals, Kendal Calling, Sound City and Blue Dot, the new festival will be taking place in the popular Northern Quarter area of Manchester. This is where Off The Record Festival will take over Night and Day, The Castle, Gullivers, Soup Kitchen, Aatma, Ruby Lounge and Methodist Central Buildings, bringing you a selection of new music nominated by 30 cutting edge national curators.


We find ourselves alongside the likes of Guy Garvey, Lara Baker, Elizabeth Alker, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy and Tim Burgess (to name but a few!), to suggest 3 hotly tipped emerging artists. To help narrow down the, almost impossible, task of picking only 3, the festival organisers have defined “new” as an act having been together less than 24 months and not yet having released a debut album.

During the day there will be a music conference featuring those who are currently inspiring those starting out in the industry. The live music will follow, playing out across the 6 music venues, just a mere stumble from each other.
Apart from taking a new approach to putting together the line up, Off The Record have also taken the unprecedented step of not announcing the line up until 24 hours ahead of the event. So you’ll have to put your faith in the following list of people,  to bring you the best live bands you can find in the UK right now and grab your ticket as soon as they’re on sale.

Guy Garvey, Elbow, 6Music
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans, O Genesis Recordings
Elizabeth Alker, 6Music
Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing
Kate Hutchinson, The Guardian Guide
Frank Turner
Shell Zenner – BBC Introducing, Wichita Recordings, Amazing Radio
Ollie Jacobs – Memphis Industries
Sarah Walters, chief culture writer Manchester Evening news
The Line of Best Fit
Tom Lovett, Sofar Sounds
Piccadilly Records
Joe Morrison, PledgeMusic
Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music
Elena Jimenez, Popped Music
Clint Boon, Inspiral Carpets
Yaw Owusu, Nothin But the Music/ LIMF
Joe Frankland, PRS Foundation
Carlo Solazzo, Birmingham Promoters
John Sweeney, SESAC
Bob Allan and The Tipping Point network
John Kennedy, Radio X
Sean Adams, Drowned In Sound
Adam Ryan, The Great Escape
Sean McGinty, BBC Lancashire
Tim Thomas, Blueprint Studios
Lara Baker, AIM
James Moodie, Vevo
Craig Evans, Flying Vinyl
Mark Ryan, Amazing Radio
Will Spencer, Music Glue
Georgie Rogers, Virgin Radio
Chris Bye – Arts Council England
Jess Partridge & Dave Rowlinson, London In Stereo
Andy Smith, Live at Leeds
Mike Harounoff, Transgressive Records


Dave Pichilingi, Sound City CEO says that they’ll be keeping the line up TOP SECRET until the morning of the event “because we know that you trust us and we trust you to be interested in the future and welcome to join our urban festival where the accent is on the new and not the comfy cushion of the old.”  – and we are all over that idea! Let’s get to it! See you at Off The Record in Manchester on November 4th!


Oh and we’ve already submitted our choices so you can’t bribe us even if you wanted to!


Find Off The Record Online:

Twitter: @otrmcr

Facebook: /offtherecordmanchester









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