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UPCOMING: Off The Record Festival & Conference | 15-16.11.18


Having been graced with two sold-out years, Manchester’s Northern Quarter multi-venue live music event and conference Off The Record is set for another show-stopping year. The logic goes that trusted curators nominate the artists they are tipping for the year ahead to perform the stellar event before a surprise reveal just days before – however, this year it’s going a little differently! We’re extremely happy to announce that this year we’re, once again, a part of the curation team for this years event alongside a distinguished array of influencers including our very own Everything Everything, Rob Da Bank and faves The Orielles.

With the spotlight being on over 40+ budding artists selected by the panel, gig-goers have the chance to see blossoming bands and talented artists across a range of genres perform in eight legendary music venues all within a 5-minute stretch of Manchester’s Northern Quarter.

With so many incredible new artists coming out of Manchester, let alone the UK, our focus was to shine a light on a couple of artists that you might not have seen before – artists that have no ties to the city. However, choosing a new, current act with a sense of vigour and sound that’s eclectically timeless was of course no easy task, taking into account the depth of the current music scene (in fact, we only managed to whittle down out selections to a ‘Top 8!’ – sorry, guys!).

HOWEVER, on the bands we put forward, two selections have come out – and we couldn’t be more excited to shine a well-deserved spotlight on these groundbreaking artists (…and get to know a few others in the meantime!) INTRODUCING:


Himalayas are the 4-peice indie-rock outfit you won’t be able to get out of your head. Hailing all the way from Cardiff, the young-band have already amassed a bit of a cult following with over 7million Spotify plays and having played almost everywhere this year; from SXSW to Reading & Leeds, supporting Kaiser Chiefs across the country and with plenty of This Feeling gigs crammed in between. Although we’ve penned these guys since 2016, the band have since gained notoriety for a set that is highly energetic, full of melody & cheekiness with ripping hooks – listen to this band once, and you wouldn’t be surprised that they’re all fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkey’s, Jack White Straight up Rock’n’Roll. Liked The Blinders last year? You’ll LOVE these.


Likened to The Cure & Cocteau Twins, all the way down in Brighton lie the swooning pot-punk/ dream-pop sounds of Thyla. Blending two quite opposing genres is no mean-feat and we can assure you that whether you go in to watch Thyla after listening to their music, or you rock up without the prior-knowledge, your head will be turned. It’s hard for us to compare this band to others, which in our books is one of the biggest compliments – if pushed, Millie Duthie’s at-points ethereal-and-others-feroiciously-jauting vocals evoke early Wolf Alice or a much-grungier Black Honey. Either way, they’re boss.  After supporting INHEAVEN on their most-recent tour, with a somewhat erratic stage presence and roller-coaster tracks, Thyla have earned a lot of new fans and we know that you will be next on the list.

But, these are only our picks! Check out the full list for this year’s Off The Record below, and pre-order your tickets through this link.  With two hard-hitting bands on our bill… I guess we’ll see you in the pit!

Who are you most looking forward to seeing?