OFF THE Record, an emerging music showcase and conference held across multiple venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is once again holding its line-ups back until the day before the event.
The second edition, on 10 November, promises around 30 unsigned and emerging artistes picked from across the country.
“We essentially have 30 curators – they might be regional promoters, record labels, from venues or even artistes – who each put three options forward, and we then pick the best of each of those to perform in one of seven venues across the city,” says marketing manager Emma Forrester.
“On our first year we only told people who was performing 24 hours before we opened, which people seemed to like.”
Less of a mystery will be the conference, with a programme built to appeal to those performing as well as those hoping to work within the industry, focussing on topics that matter at a grassroots level.
Panels include How to Break a Band in 10 weeks and Break Down Barriers, We Will Come, giving advice on how to make gigs more accessible for deaf and disabled people.
The conference will be held in the 200-capacity Central Methodist Hall, while venues including Night & Day (cap. 250), Jimmy’s (150) and Gullivers (100) will each host an eclectic line-up of acts.
Acts appearing last year included Xam Volo, The Orielles and Dan Bettridge.