Off The Record, a new festival taking place in Manchester, is a celebration of new music and emerging artists supported by well established and influential figures of the music industry.
On 4 Novemeber, Off The Record Festival will set itself up as a festival for the artists. The day will provide an opportunity for emerging artists to absorb as much information as they can at a music conference curated by Sound City and Louder Than War. From agents to bloggers, the influential figures that make up the music industry will be there, sharing their knowledge and intricate tips in favour of anyone starting out in music.
The second half of the festival plays host to a powerful cast of musical talent, boasting the best of the new as nominated by leading figures in music including Guy Garvey of Elbow,Tim Burgess and The Line of Best Fit.
The lineup is a secret until 24 hours before the event, but with 30 influential curators each putting forward 3 of their favourite emerging artists, we can be sure that this festival will be unique, varied and brimming with talent.
Checkout the list of confirmed curators for Off The Record below.
Guy Garvey, Elbow, 6Music
Tim Burgess, The Charlatans, O Genesis Recordings
Elizabeth Alker, 6Music
Huw Stephens, BBC Introducing
Kate Hutchinson, The Guardian Guide
Frank Turner, Xtra Mile Recordings
Shell Zenner, BBC Introducing, Wichita Recordings, Amazing Radio
Ollie Jacobs, Memphis Industries
Sarah Walters, chief culture writer Manchester Evening news
The Line of Best Fit
Tom Lovett, Sofar Sounds
Joe Morrison, PledgeMusic
Simon Pursehouse, Sentric Music
Elena Jimenez, Popped Music
Clint Boon, Inspiral Carpets
Yaw Owusu, Nothin But the Music/ LIMF
Joe Frankland, PRS Foundation
Carlo Solazzo, Birmingham Promoters
John Sweeney, SESAC
Bob Allan and The Tipping Point network
John Kennedy, Radio X
Sean Adams, Drowned In Sound
Adam Ryan, The Great Escape
Sean McGinty, BBC Lancashire
Tim Thomas, Blueprint Studios
Lara Baker, AIM
James Moodie, Vevo
Craig Evans, Flying Vinyl
Mark Ryan, Amazing Radio
Will Spencer, Music Glue
Georgie Rogers, Virgin Radio
Chris Bye, Arts Council England
Jess Partridge & Dave Rowlinson, London In Stereo
Andy Smith, Live at Leeds
Mike Harounoff, Transgressive Records