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, it features a music conference at the Methodist Central Hall, curated by Sound City and Louder Than War, and by night, Off The Record will put the spotlight on new music, hosting performances from 30 emerging artists across 7 live venues.

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.

So after recently announcing the date for its second year’s event to be on Friday 10th November 2017, Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference, Off The Record, has revealed its innovative conference line-up. With exclusive In Conversation sessions with two highly tipped artists, punk-rock five-piece Cabbage, and indie rock trio The Falseheads, and panels including What Happens On Tour No Longer Stays On Tour already confirmed, this year’s conference line-up is shaping up to be something special. Attendees will be able to take away a wealth of expertise and knowledge from those within the music industry, who will feature on a wide variety of panels, this includes Love for Grime – with speakers Despa Robinson (BE83 Artists) and Vital, Perception is Everything, the art of selling yourself – with speakers Andy Kettle (Steaming Kettle PR) and Victoria Turnbull (Silent Radio), and How to get a job in the music industry – with speaker Matt Parsons, amongst many more.

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 (ALL EXCL FEES) 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.

Off The Record will run as follows:
Thursday 9th November
7pm-late – Networking drinks at Night & Day

Friday 10th November
10am-4.30pm – Conference at Methodist Central Hall
Registration from 9.30am
4.30pm-6pm – Ticketline Delegate Party at Night & Day
Network and discuss gig plans for the night ahead!
6pm-late – Music Showcase
Held at Jimmy’s, AATMA, The Peer Hat, Soup Kitchen, Gullivers, Night & Day and The Castle Hotel

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