Off The Record

Off The Record

Brand new emerging multi-venue music event and conference Off The Record have revealed the until now under wraps line-up of new artists performing across 6 venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter on 4th November. Below is the full line-up of emerging artists listed by performance venue and set times, detailing which curator chose them to perform at Off The Record Live. The line up times for the daytime conference have now been released too, which you can see here.


6-6.30pm: URI – as chosen by Frank Turner

6.50-7.20pm: Blueprint Blue – as chosen by Tim Burgess

7.40-8.10pm: Rhain – as chosen by Elizabeth Alker (BBC 6 Music)

8.30-9pm: Caro – as chosen by Huw Stephens (BBC Radio 1 Introducing)

9.30-10pm: Marthagunn – as chosen by Will Spencer (Music Glue) and Mike Walsh (Radio X)

10.30-11pm: Willie J Healey – as chosen by Craig Evans (Flying Vinyl)


6.20-6.50pm: Lewis Bootle – as chosen by Frank Turner

7.10-7.40pm: Dan Bettridge – as chosen by John Rostron (SWN Festival)

8-8.30pm: Blackwaters – as chosen by Andy Smith (Futuresound)

8.50-9.20pm: Her’s – as chosen by David Pichilingi (Sound City

9.50-10.20pm: The Pearl Harts – as chosen by Joe Morrison (Pledge Music) and Elena Jimenez (Popped Music)

10.50-11.20pm: Seafoal – as chosen by Sean McGinty (BBC Introducing Radio Lancashire)


6-6.30pm: Tear – as chosen by Tim Burgess

6.50-7.20pm: Loa Loa – as chosen by James Moodie (Vevo)

7.40-8.10pm: Shrinking Minds – as chosen by Simon Pursehouse (Sentric)

8.40-9.10pm: Eat Fast – as chosen by Joe Frankland (PRS For Music)

9.40-10.10pm: TVAM – as chosen by Chris Bye (Arts Council) and Phil Saxe

10.40-11.10pm: Nova Twins – as chosen by John Robb (Louder Than War)

11.40pm-12.10am: Youth Man – as chosen by Carlo Solazzo (Birmingham Promoters)


6.10-6.40pm: Freak – as chosen by Elena Jimenez (Popped Music) and Andy Smith (Futuresound Events)

7-7.30pm: Acre Tarn – as chosen by The Line of Best Fit

8-8.30pm: Saltwater Sun – as chosen by Tom Lovett (Sofar Sounds)

9-9.30pm: Strong Asian Mothers – as chosen by Kate Hutchinson (Guardian Guide) and Georgie Rogers (Virgin Radio)

9.45-10.15pm: NGOD – as chosen by John Kennedy (Radio X)


6.30-7pm: Xamvolo – as chosen by Yaw Owusu (Nothin But The Music) and Mark Ryan (Amazing Radio)

7.30-8pm: The Orielles – as chosen by Shell Zenner

8.30-9pm: John J Presley – as chosen by Danielle Perry

9.30-10pm: Francobollo – as chosen by John Kennedy (Radio X)

10.30-11pm: Rews – as chosen by Lara Baker (Aim)


10.10-10.40pm: Bossy Love – as chosen by London in Stereo

11.10-11.40pm: The Age of Luna – as chosen by Adam Ryan (The Great Escape)

12.10-12.40am: False Advertising – as chosen by Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound) and The Tipping Point

1-4am: Ticketweb Afterparty

Off The Record is all about NEW music, showcasing different artistic styles and innovative ideas. Following the daytime conference, which features discussions and panels from the likes of Everything Everything, Tim Burgess, art director Brian Cannon (Oasis) and photographer David Drake (The 1975) and many more, Off The Record Live will cast a powerful spotlight on the best new music, hosting showcase performances by a host of emerging artists across 6 legendary performance venues within 5 minutes walk from each other.

The cutting edge line-up has been chosen by national curators such as Guy Garvey, Huw Stephens, John Kennedy, Tim Burgess, Lara Baker and Elizabeth Alker, to name but a few, who have each put forward hotly tipped emerging artists, defined by only having been together less than 24 months and having not yet released an album. With a huge focus on the undiscovered, Off The Record has set themselves apart by choosing to not announce the line-up to the public until 24 hours before the event. Curators say;

“It’s like being in some kind of secret society – there’s rolled up trouser legs and coded handshakes going on.” Tim Burgess

“I just like the idea of Off The Record, that element of surprise. Sometimes you put loads of new bands on a bill and because people don’t know who they are, they don’t go. I like that you’ve just got to trust the festival & the curators and just go for it.” Huw Stephens


Date: Friday 4th November

Area: Manchester’s Northern Quarter

Venues: Night and Day, The Castle, Gullivers, Soup Kitchen, Aatma, Ruby Lounge, Methodist Central Buildings


A Spotify playlist of the artists performing is available to listen to here: