Guy Garvey, Tim Burgess, Frank Turner & more launch new music event, ‘Off The Record’

In a celebration of new music, Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot festivals have teamed up with Louder Than War to launch a brand new music event in Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

Taking place on the 4th November Off The Record is all about new music and innovative ideas.

During the day at Methodist Central Buildings, Sound City and Louder Than War will curate a music conference featuring the new guard of the music industry – Label and publishing A&R, agents, bloggers and promoters, who inspire those starting out in the industry.

Taking everyone from the afternoon until deep into the night, Off The Record Live will cast a powerful spotlight on the best new artists, hosting showcase performances by 30 emerging acts across 6 legendary performance venues within 5 minutes walk of each other.

Choosing the artists are 30 cutting edge curators (including the likes of Guy Garvey, Lara Baker, Elizabeth Alker, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Tim Burgess) who each put forward 3 hotly tipped emerging names, defined as having been together less than 24 months and not yet released a debut album.

The day sees a focus on the undiscovered, and the lineup will be kept secret until 24 hours before the event. On the decision not to release the lineup in advance, Andy Smith, Director of From The Fields (Kendal Calling and Bluedot) said: “We’ve taken the unusual step to not release a lineup until the event is nearly upon us. For most emerging artists a captivating live performance comes well before they have the opportunity to step foot in a professional recording studio – we want to capture the thrill of seeing something truly special and new on stage for the first time with no preconceptions.”

Confirmed curators include:

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

Off The Record will take place on Friday 4th November. Venues taking part are: Night and Day, The Castle, Gullivers, Soup Kitchen, Aatma, Ruby Lounge, Methodist Central Buildings

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

Melissa, 22. Editor. Student, music journalist, probably talking about Blur or Bowie