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PLAN: Off The Record 2018

WORDS BY HANNAH TINKER     MAIN IMAGE IS CHILDCARE

It’s back. Manchester’s multi-venue live music event and conference Off The Record is set for another show-stopping year. We’re very proud to be part of the trusted 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 all acts now collated and the phenomenal lineup announced, the next step is navigating the lineup across the different venues of Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Never fear, we’ve narrowed down a swift timetable of the acts you need to catch at this years’ Off The Record!

On Friday 16th November, kick things off with Nottingham based alt rockers Babe Punch at The Peer Hat set, to rouse your spirits with their grunge/punk mix as they commence the day at 18:40pm. Having supported the likes of Hinds, The Cribs and Ezra Furman, they’re well on their way to being up there amongst the movers and shakers of the music industry. On at the same time but definitely worth catching are Anglo/Korean duo WOOZE at 18:50 on Night & Day‘s stage with their compelling sound that of a warped pop that’ll be something entirely new to your ears.

After that you’ve got a bit of time to nip over to the Everything Everything curated stage at Band On The Wall, where MCR Live darlings Giant Boys beckon you at 19:30 with their minimalist take on post-punk. Theirs is a sound that entwines a Slaves-like level of recognisable Brit punk with something fresh and DIY, comparable to The Foetals to keep the pace going. Make a move towards the end of their set and you’ll have time to catch the end of female-led indie from an MCR Live curated choice, in the form of Thyla, who take the 19:50 slot at The Castle. 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.

Then it’s a quick change over to Aatma for MCR Live residents Peaness – pronounced ‘Pea-ness’ – to brighten up your day (in the darkness at 20:25) with their self sufficient indie-pop which has seen them climb the ladder organically, finding fans in every corner that hears them. Next there’s a bit of a clash but it depends on what mood you’re in on the day. The feral garage punksters Avalanche Party hoist up Night & Day with their bare knuckles from 20:40 – expect nothing less than a snarling wilderness from these Yorkshire renegades. On the flip side, the otherworldly beauty of Pearl City at The Castle makes for a dreamy evening slot at 20:45 via their experimental sound that compromises a spectrum of instruments alongside spellbinding visual trickery.

Photo is Pearl City by Warren Millar

Glaswegian electro-pop might be something you never thought you’d come across but it’s here and it’s here to stay. Happy Spendy bring something new and alive to Aatma from 21:25, featuring their positively themed electronic whirl of wistful, occasionally romantic and always unique sound. Dive into Night & Day next and stay there for the foreseeable with Self Esteem followed by HimalayasSelf Esteem gives you a slice of Slow Club from singer Rebecca Taylor, now embarking on her own project and taking us all by storm with her. Drawing influence from everything and anything – pop culture, her experience’s in the band that she loved but was no longer the place for her creatively, and the freedom that came from stepping away, her new sound is dramatic, direct and deafeningly exciting.

Although we’ve penned this next MCR Live curated selection 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 et.al. Straight up Rock’n’Roll. Liked The Blinders last year? You’ll LOVE these. It’s Himalayas of course, sinking their teeth into you at 21:45, headlining Night & Day.

The final live act of the day takes shape in the form of London based CHILDCARE. What gets better than being hand-selected by icons in their own right Everything Everything? Celebrating British awkwardness, this act formed off the back of male-nanny-turned-lead-singer Ed being heard singing by a six year old he was minding who pushed him to take it live. Now out in the open, this four-piece will win over fans of the likes of Baby Strange and Indoor Pets. Catch them at Band On The Wall at 23:30. The night is still young and Everything Everything then take to the decks of Band On The Wall as they close this years festival with a DJ set that’s sure to grab your attention, going on late into the night. It’s a long but fruitful evening ahead for many the music fan, what more could you ask for?

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

PHOTO @MANC_WANDERER // WORDS BY HANNAH TINKER & JESS CAMPBELL

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

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 et.al. Straight up Rock’n’Roll. Liked The Blinders last year? You’ll LOVE these.

Thyla

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?

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