Festivals: Off The Record 2017 Announced

We’re delighted to bring you news that the wonderful Off The Record will return for its second year this November

Once again, it will be set in and around Manchester’s bustling Northern Quarter, across multiple venues and includes the fantastic music conference at the Methodist Central Hall

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, on Friday 10th November, OTR features a music conference at the Methodist Central Hall, curated by Sound City and Louder Than War, 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 30 emerging artists across 7 live venues, with acts performing not announced until 24 hours before!

Last year’s sold out event saw crowds of music lovers flock to Manchester’s Northern Quarter to enjoy talks from the likes of Spotify, BBC Introducing and special key note speakers, Everything Everything, and live performances from artists such as Her’s, The Orielles and The Age of Luna

The conference this year will include panels such as ‘Break Down Barriers, We Will Come’, featuring guest speaker Suzanne Bull MBE of live music accessibility charity Attitude is Everything. The panel will look at what artists and gig organisers can do to support grassroots venues and include deaf and disabled people at their shows

Continuing last years format, the 2017 artists performing are nominated by trusted national curators. This year the likes of Brix Smith-Start (The Fall), Phil Taggart (Radio1), Clint Boon (Artist & DJ), Elizabeth Alker (6Music), Jamz Supernova (1Xtra) and Mike Walsh (Radio X) will be choosing the 30 new artists to perform, with the line-up kept under wraps until 24 hours before the event

The performance venues for Off The Record include Jimmy’s, AATMA, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day and The Castle Hotel, which are all 5 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 www.otrmcr.co.uk/tickets. Once these have sold out, prices will be £45 for a Gig & Conference Pass, £30 for a Conference Pass and £20 for a Gig Pass with student discounts available. Gig passes are 18+ only