Festivals: Off The Record Announce Final Artist Lineup

Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference Off The Record, has announced its final music line-up for next month’s event, including Stereo Honey, MDP, Another Sky, Red Rum Club and Avalanche Party. This follows the recent conference announcement, confirming the likes of Bernard Butler, Everything Everything and Doves as guest speakers.

After two sell-out years, Off The Record will return to Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 15th and 16th November, with more venues and its biggest artist, conference and curator line-up yet.

Following suit with previous years, trusted national curators, including Everything Everything, Huw Stephens, Rob Da Bank, Ana Matronic, Fickle Friends and The Orielles, have nominated the artists performing.

Everything Everything are curating their own stage at this year’s event and are back as panellists, discussing the Artist and Manager relationship with Red Light Management, after being keynote speakers in 2016. Artists confirmed to perform on their stage at Band on the Wall include, CHILDCARE, Giant Boys, See Thru Hands, SPQR, vwls and as just announced, MDP, alongside a DJ set from the band themselves.

The event, sponsored by Exit Live and supported by PRS Foundation’s The Open Fund for Organisations, will also see curators independent label and leading TV platform, Distiller TV, and award-winning distribution and label services company, Horus Music, curating their own showcases.

The full list of artists confirmed to perform at this year’s Off The Record, and the curators who chose them, are:

Stereo Honey (The Independent & Fickle Friends)
MDP (Everything Everything)
Another Sky (Fickle Friends & John Kennedy)
Red Rum Club (Sound City)
Avalanche Party (The Tipping Point)
CHILDCARE (Everything Everything)
Giant Boys (Everything Everything)
See Thru Hands (Everything Everything)
SPQR (Everything Everything)
Vwls (Everything Everything)
WOOZE (John Kennedy)
The Old Pink House (The Tipping Point & When In Manchester)
Chappaqua Wrestling (Flying Vinyl)
Kinkajous (Low Four Studio)
Pearl City (Rob Da Bank, Bestival)
LibraLibra (Sound City)
Lady Ice (BBC Introducing Manchester & Ana Matronic)
Mary Miller (Rebalance)
Seatbelts (The Orielles)
Peaness (Make Noise)
Happy Spendy (Goldflake Paint)
Olivia Nelson (Abbie McCarthy)
MELLT (Huw Stephens)
Medikul (Tom Ravenscroft)
Delights (When In Manchester)
The Ninth Wave (Distiller)
Djuno (Horus)
Vana Blue (Horus)
Ditz (Horus)
Team Picture (Low Four Studio)
Rascalton (Kendal Calling & NME)
Thyla (MCR Live & Fickle Friends)
Babe Punch (Make Noise)
Paris Youth Foundation (Distiller)
Fizzy Blood (Distiller)
Cherry Shoes (Horus)
Debra Ohalete (Horus)
Self Esteem (London in Stereo)
Himalayas (Distiller & MCR Live)

This year’s conference line-up, taking place at Manchester’s Methodist Central Hall, will include a special songwriting masterclass, which is new for this year and launching with legendary Manchester band Doves, along with In-Conversation panels with Bernard Butler and Simon Parkes, founder of renowned live music venue Brixton Academy.

Some of the confirmed panels and guest speakers include; Getting Your Music Heard: Streaming vs Radio with Abbie McCarthy (BBC Radio 1 and BBC Introducing), DIY vs Indie vs Major with Julie Weir (Sony Music), The New Power Generation with Kali Bradford (Distiller), Northern Revival with Author and DJ Dave Haslam and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6 Music) and The Evolution of Mastering with Kevin Tuffy (Stormzy, RagnBone Man, Lady Leshurr). The conference and live music showcase will have a strong female representation, with female-led initiatives from curators Keychange, Re:Balance, When In Manchester and Make Noise all addressing the gender imbalance in music.

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, priced at £17.50 for a gig pass, £22.50 for a conference pass and £40 for a gig and conference pass, plus booking fee.

Off The Record will run as follows:

Thursday 15th November:
7pm-late – Networking drinks at Band on the Wall
Come open the festival and network with delegates

Friday 16th November:
9.30am-6pm – Conference at Methodist Central Hall
Registration from 9.30am
5pm–6pm – Networking drinks at Band on the Wall
Sponsored by Ticketline Network
6pm-late – Music Showcase at Jimmy’s, Band on the Wall, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Aatma, Night & Day, The Castle Hotel

www.otrmcr.co.uk