Off The Record announces 2018 dates + curator line-up and additional venue

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 15th and 16th November, announcing more venues and its biggest curator line-up yet.

Once again, trusted curators are set to nominate the artists performing, with the likes of Everything Everything (2016’s keynote speakers), Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Ana Matronic, The Orielles and more confirmed as curators.

Launched by three of the UK’s premiere independent music festivals (Kendal Calling, Sound City and Bluedot) Off The Record, will feature a music conference by day, and a spotlight on emerging new artists by night.

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 keynote 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.”

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 from Gig passes are 18+ only.

Off The Record will run as follows:

Thursday 15th November:

7pm-late – Networking drinks at Band on the Wall

Come and open the festival and network with delegates

Friday 16th November:

9.30am-6pm – Conference at Methodist Central Hall

Registration from 9 am

6pm-late – Music Showcase at Jimmy’s, Band on the Wall, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Aatma, Night & Day, The Castle Hotel

Melissa Svensen

Melissa Svensen

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