Festival Preview: Off The Record 2017

Off The  Record 2017

Words: Elena Katrina


Price info: Tickets for Off The Record Festival 2016 are on sale now £15/£20/£35 (+fees) here

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Well this is an exciting and still relatively new event for November! Off The Record is a one-day, new artist event in Manchester taking place this Friday which combines both a music industry conference with many guest speakers and discussion sessions during the day time, and the traditional music shindig in the evening. The catch is, depending on when you read this, the line up has just been announced a few minutes ago. Despite the same thing happening last year the festival was an outstanding success with both conference and gig parts of the festival selling out.

If you want to learn how to get involved in the music business, listen to sessions in conversation with new bands who are going places and want to catch a whole host of brand new and emerging talent from all over the UK then Manchester is where you’ll need to be, OTR tickets in hand, this Friday.



Meadowlark – 19.40 – THE PEER HAT

I’ve had the pleasure of watching Meadowlark from the very early days, over a few years now, through all of their single and EP releases and am thrilled to see them listed as playing this year’s Off The Record Festival. The pair have really grown in their live performance and they’re a stunning band to watch. Expect pretty sparkling melodies and charming harmonies.

Find Meadowlark on Facebook

Listen to Sunlight here:


Eliza Shaddad – 21.10 – Jimmys

I’m a huge fan of Eliza Shaddad and have even had the privileged of sitting down to interview this young lady last year. Her talent for music and songwriting is very much underrated and it’s about time she got some wider recognition. One of my favourite tracks Wars is still very much one of my favourite tracks of the last few years. When played live her tracks take on a fiercer story yet with raw passion pulsing through her live band and her own unassuming stage presence. Eliza is part of the roster of one of my favourite labels and management teams – the team behind the likes of Palace and Island; Beatnik Creative.

Read our interview with Eliza Shaddad here.

Find Eliza Shaddad on Facebook

Listen to Wars Here:



Cassia – 18.20 – Gullivers

If you’re looking for high octane indie band vibes then Gullivers for 18.20 is where you want to be headed to see Macclesfield’s 3 piece Cassia. They’ve had quite a kick start this year with appearances at various festivals all over the UK and now Off The Record. The band are off on their headline tour in Feb 2018 and will be back at Band On The Wall in Manchester so this is your chance to check them out now and get your tickets for next time and be able to say, like me, “seen them already and they’re great!”

Find Cassia on Facebook

Listen to Sink here:


Queen Zee and The Sasstones – 21.45 – The Soup Kitchen

These are possibly the talk of the town if you’re round Liverpool way – they aren’t just smashing every show they play, they’re slaying every show they play, and nothing seems to faze them. They’re loud and brash and take no prisoners. Their latest show for Liverpool Music Week left their stage hosts DIY saying that they’re “a force to be reckoned with”. And they are… and you’ll see it, when you get to this not to be missed set at The Soup Kitchen on Friday!


Find Queen Zee and The Sasstones on Facebook

Listen to Boy  here:




18.30-19.00: Ms Mohammed
19.30-20.00: Tobi Sumnola
20.30-21.00: Layfullstop 
21.30-22.00: Yizzy
22.30-23.00: Poppy Ajudha
23.30-00.00: Pink Kink

18.20-18.50: Cassia
19.10-19.40: LIINES
20.10-20.40: Mush
21.10-21.40: *Secret Band*
22.10-22.40: The Snuts
23.10-23.40: The Blinders

18.40-19.10: Billybee
19.40-20.10: Meadowlark
20.40-21.10: Elle Mary And The Bad Men
21.40-22.10: River Matthews
22.40-23.10: Brooke Bentham
23.40-00.10: FEHM

19.00-19.30: JAKL
20.00-20.30: 100 Fables
20.50-21.20: Lucie Barat
21.45-22.15: Queen Zee And The Sasstones 

18.25-18.55: False Heads 
19.25-19.55: Control Of The Going
20.25-20.55: Koalas 
21.25-21.55: Lumer
22.25-22.55: Sugarmen

18.10-18.40: Low Island
19.10-19.40: Revenge of the Calculon
20.10-20.40: Bryde
21.10-21.40: Bang Bang Romeo
22.10-23.00: Lost Colours

18.20-18.50: Keeley Forsyth
19.20-19.50: J W Ridley
20.20-20.50: Pat Dam Smyth
21.10-21.50: Eliza Shaddad


Off The Record, launched by three of the UK’s premiere independent music festivals, Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot, and music site Louder Than War, is all about innovative ideas, new music and emerging artists.

By day, it features a music conference at the Methodist Central Hall, curated by Sound City and Louder Than War, and by night, Off The Record Live will put the spotlight on new music, hosting performances from the above 35+ emerging artists across 7 live venues.

With exclusive In Conversation sessions with two highly tipped artists, punk-rock fivepiece Cabbage and indie rock trio False Heads, and panels including Love For Grime and What Happens On Tour No Longer Stays On Tour already confirmed, this year’s conference line-up will be as special as the live performances. Attendees will be able to take away a wealth of expertise and knowledge from big names within the music industry, who will feature on a wide variety of panels.

Off The Record will run as follows:Thursday 9th November:
7pm-late – Networking drinks at Night & Day
Come open the festival and network with delegates! Open all to all Off The Record ticket holders.

Friday 10th November:
10am-4.30pm – Conference at Methodist Central Hall
Registration from 9.30am 
4.30pm-6pm – Ticketline Delegate Party at Night & Day
Network and discuss gig plans for the night ahead!
6pm-late – Music Showcase 
Held at Jimmy’s, AATMA, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day and The Castle Hotel




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