Festivals: Off The Record Announce Full Conference Lineup

Manchester multi-venue live music event and conference Off The Record has announced its full conference line-up, which includes an In Conversation with Bernard Butler, a songwriting masterclass with Doves and a panel exploring the relationship between artist and manager with Everything Everything and Red Light Management

This year’s conference line-up, taking place at Manchester’s Methodist Central Hall from 9.30am on 16th November, will include the following panels, In Conversations, masterclasses and workshops.


Be Inspired… A Celebration of Change

Industry experts discuss the positive changes that have been made in the role of women in professional roles and high-profile jobs in the music industry and the new schemes and initiatives in place. With Becky Ayres (Sound City), Shell Zenner (BBC Introducing/Amazing Radio), Kate Lowe (Both Sides/Brighter Sound) and Tony Ereira (Come Play With Me)

Northern Revival

Examining the artists that have managed to break down the North/South musical border over the last 10 years and how The North has become an A&R hotspot with more successful emerging acts continually breaking through. With Dave Haslam (Author/DJ), Mark Lippmann (Scruff Of The Neck), Sally Dunstone (XRay Touring) and Chris Hawkins (BBC 6Music)

Thinking Outside The Box: Getting Creative With Gigs

Champions of live music discuss venues and spaces, booking and promotion and getting creative by turning gigs into events. With Ade Dovey (Venue), Steve Vondy (Promoter), Ben Robinson (Kendal Calling) and Sam Garlick (Fiesta Bombarda/Skiddle)

The New Power Generation

The music industry’s young leaders of tomorrow discuss how they got to where they are, the common challenges they face and the benefits of entering the industry at such an interesting time. With Henriette Heimdal (Worldwide Independent Network), Kali Bradford (Distiller), Sarah Johnston (FUGA) and Chiara Michieletto (Music Ally)

Getting Your Music Heard: Streaming vs Radio

Discussing the different ways to get your music heard by the greatest tastemakers, the importance of radio pluggers, making it onto playlists and where today’s A&R’s look for music. With Abbie McCarthy (Radio 1/BBC Introducing), Steve Cusack (CD Baby), Charlie Ashcroft (BT/Amazing Radio), Nina Condron (Horus Music)

Exploring The Relationship Betweetn Artist & Manager

Featuring two-time Mercury prize nominee, and Everything Everything bassist, Jeremy Pritchard, alongside his band manager Peter McGaughrin, discussing the symbiotic relationship between artist and manager. With Jen Otter Bickerdike (Author/Rock ‘n’ Roll historian), Jeremy Pritchard (Everything Everything) and Peter McGaughrin (Red Light Management)

DIY vs Indie vs Major

Evaluating being an independent artist in today’s music industry and what the future holds for the DIY approach. With Julie Weir (Sony Music), Mark Orr (LAB Records), Tony Ereira (CPWM/Hatch Records) and Jen Otter Bickerdike (Author/Rock ‘n’ Roll historian)


In Conversation: Bernard Butler

DJ and writer Dave Haslam talks to Bernard Butler about his inspirations and influences, the art of song writing and his extensive experiences as a record producer and guitar player.

Songwriting Masterclass: Doves

Jez and Andy from legendary Manchester band Doves will host an exclusive songwriting masterclass followed by an intimate Q&A session.

In Conversation: Simon Parkes

In 1983, aged twenty-three, Simon Parkes paid £1 for a virtually derelict building in riot torn Brixton. Over the next fifteen years he turned it into Britain’s most iconic music venue, Brixton Academy. Simon will talk about his burning desire for success against the odds, his passion for live music and his belief he could prove his doubters wrong.

Evolution of Mastering Masterclass: Kevin Tuffy

Master engineer Kevin Tuffy (Lady Leshurr/Stormzy/Rag N Bone Man) will be discussing the evolution of mastering from the provenance of vinyl and pop music in the late-40s to the present day. He will look at how the techniques, equipment and sonics have changed with the most popular format for consuming music during each era and where that it is going next.

DJ Masterclass: Paul Nolan

Renowned Producer, Engineer, Composer and DJ Paul Nolan shares essential insights that will help you get your tracks out into the world from your home studio. He will cover how to get the right production quality, mixing, mastering and how to get your records signed.

Make Money From Your Music Outside The UK Workshop: Nina Condron

Nina Condron (Horus Music) will discuss what opportunities there are for artists globally, covering publishing and distribution revenues, touring, how to enter new markets and best practice when seeking out opportunities to generate revenue overseas.

Managing Your Music For Film & TV Workshop: Sophie Small

Delve into the mind of Music Gateway’s Head of Operations, Sophie Small, as she explains some of the best practices when it comes to managing your music, to give you the best chance of success in music sync licensing.

Networking 101 Workshop: Daniel Fisher-Jones

Gain experience in efficient networking, with Liverpool Audio Network’s Daniel Fisher-Jones, who will hold an interactive workshop covering the ‘Power of Networking’ and a practical guide in ‘How To Network’ – #YourNetworkIsYourWorth.

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. This year, the line-up has been announced ahead of the event for the first time ever and includes Thyla, Self Esteem, Paris Youth Foundation and Mary Miller, with more artists still to be announced.

Everything Everything are curating their own stage at this year’s event, after being keynote speakers in 2016, and artists confirmed to perform as part of this include, CHILDCARE, Giant Boys, See Thru Hands, SPQR and vwls, 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 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 £19.25 for a gig pass, £24.75 for a conference pass and £44 for a gig and conference pass. Gig passes are 18+ only and Ticketline Network are the primary ticketing agent at this year’s event.

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


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