Off The Record 2017

Written by on September 25, 2017 in News, What's on - No comments
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Following its sold out debut in 2016, Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference, Off The Record, has announced it will be back this year on 10th November 2017, right here in the Northern Quarter.

OTR, 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, it 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 the acts performing not announced until 24 hours before.

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

After a successful first edition of Off The Record, we’re excited to be curating the industry conference again and working with From the Fields to put together a new highly esteemed group of industry curators, who are now in the process of selecting the live programme. The focus on emerging industry and artistic talent has never been more important.” ~ Dave Pichilingi, CEO, Sound City

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.

Off The Record 2017

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.

New music is certainly at a creative high and we are thrilled to be welcoming back the second edition of Off The Record, to showcase an array of talented artists, capturing the buzz of what it really feels like to see an emerging band without any preconceptions.~ Andy Smith, Director From The Fields

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 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.

Unlike every other festival you’ve been to~ NME
Off the Record is the right kind of thing, we’ve got to keep celebrating new music, because it needs to be valued~ Guy Garvey
There is something quite unique about Off The Record. Nurturing and encouraging new talent are at the heart of the event~ Getintothis

Off The Record will run as follows:
Thursday 9th November: 7pm-late – Networking drinks at Jimmy’s. Help open the festival and network with delegates at one of Manchester’s newest small venues
Friday 10th November: 9.30am-6pm – Conference at Methodist Central Hall – Registration from 9am
6pm-late – Music Showcase at Jimmy’s, AATMA, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day, The Castle Hotel