Festival Preview: Off The Record 2019

Off The Record

Various venues, Manchester, 15 November 2019

Words by Gary Lambert

“Hi! I’m Gary Lambert. I write, take photographs and represent for Popped Music, and take photographs for myself under Glam Gig Pics. Take a business card and shake my hand”

Welcome to the latest instalment of Off The Record. The finest networking and workshop event in the north west with a new music festival in the evening so that you can party like you’ve finished your last exam. Like everything in life, you what you put in to Off The Record (daytime). If you shrug and sit at the back hoping to be bored, then you’re going to be bored. But if you allow yourself to be interested in what people have to say then it’s a great thing. And some of the talks that take place are edge of the seat interesting and funny.

In the nighttime things truly come alive as some of Manchester’s finest venues open their doors to acts that may open your ears and mind. In the past we’ve watched acts like The Orielles, The Pearl Harts, Saltwater Sun, Xam Volo, Bang Bang Romeo, Queen Zee, The Blinders, Liines, Wooze, The Ninth Wave, Peaness, Red Rum Club… There’s pedigree in the choices made by the organisers and curators of this event. You should gamble £17.50 on getting a ticket to see some of your future favourites.

Now here’s where for once we have to be a little bit biased in who we pick as our suggestions for you to go to watch. There are some old friends of Popped Music who have played our Popped Music Presents nights, so we want you to go to watch them.

The Post Romantics

Dark and brooding, The Post Romantics are able to take you to new places of emotion and instinct, whilst still making you move. A night watching The Brothers Cockbain (and Sam) makes you feel relieved when the cold air hits you afterwards such is the tension they crank up. You will see their wide-ranging musical favourites in their work too, so whether you like Drake, K-Pop or The 1975, you’ll find something you love in The Post Romantics.

Listen to Ride by The Post Romantics here:


Long time favourites Scarlet have had a topsy turvy 2019 which has seen them play in Korea thanks to Sound City and introduce a couple of new members of the band. This Manchester gig will be the first night for the new setup so expect to see even greater energy from the revitalised four-piece.

Listen to Scarlet’s Bones here:


This is a band that are going to make you think. And the question you will ask yourself is “how are Kidsmoke not massive already”. The Wrexham band have an incredible ability to weave a pop tune out of some leftfield sensibilities. And if you have repeatedly binge watched Black Mirror, you might recognise Kidsmoke track Take Me To The River from the Season Four episode Arkangel.

Listen to Take Me To The River here:

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