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16 November 2018



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“Unlike every other festival you’ve been to”  NME

“An independent festival all about discovering innovative music” The Independent

“Off The Record sees Manchester’s Northern Quarter come to life with new music”  DIY

“The Manchester music festival that mixes secret gigs with tips on making it big” Manchester Evening News

“Off the Record is the right kind of thing, we’ve got to keep celebrating new music, because it needs to be valued” Guy Garvey

After two sell-out years, Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference, Off The Record, will return to Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 15thand 16thNovember, announcing more venues and its biggest curator line-up yet.

Following suit with previous years, trusted national curators will nominate the artists performing. This year the likes of Everything Everything, who were 2016 conference keynote speakers, will exclusively be putting together their own stage at Band on the Wall, and Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Ana Matronic, Fickle Friendsand The Orielles, who performed at the debut event, are all confirmed as curators.

Off The Record, launched by three of the UK’s premiere independent music festivals; Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot, 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, featuring key speakers from labels, publishing, A&R, streaming and live, to inspire those starting out in the music industry. By night, Off The Record will put the spotlight on new music, hosting performances from over 40 emerging artists across 8 live venues.

Last year’s sold out event saw crowds of music lovers flock to Manchester’s Northern Quarter to enjoy talks from the likes of Warner Chappell, Live Nation and special key note speakers, Cabbage and False Heads, and live performances from artists such as The Blinders, Cassia and Low Island.

Andy Smith, Director of From The Fields, says:

“After two sell-out years and incredible feedback from attendees, we’re so proud to bring Off The Record back to the Northern Quarter in November. Our conference has proved invaluable for Manchester’s music industry professionals and students to meet; this year sees us add more venues, and present our biggest curator lineup ever, including Everything Everything who’ll be curating a whole lineup of amazing new music for the evening at Band On The Wall.”

Curators, Everything Everything, say:

“It’s a pleasure to be curating a stage for OTR this year. We love the idea of only programming artists that are yet to release a full-length, capturing acts at a short-lived but very vivid period in their careers.” 

The performance venues for Off The Record include Jimmy’s, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day, The Castle Hotel, Aatma and additional venue for 2018 Band On The Wall; making this the biggest Off The Record yet. All the venues are a few minutes walk from one another in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Tickets are on sale now and there are currently limited tickets priced at £35 for an Earlybird Gig & Conference Pass, £20 for an Earlybird Conference Pass and £15 for an Earlybird Gig Pass available HERE