Members of Buzzcocks and Dire Straits for Louder Than Words Music and Writing Festival in Manchester


Manchester’s Louder Than Words Music and Writing Festival has announced its schedule for this year’s event. From November 12 to 14, the festival will present a program of conferences, panels, Questions and answers sessions and performances at the Innside Hotel in Manchester on topics spanning the entire music industry, such as British electronic music composers, music in museums, the role of professional women in the studio, etc. The public will have the option of attending the events in person or online.

The festival kick off on Friday November 12 is a panel discussion on punk band The Buzzcocks and a new book Never Fall In Love: The Lost Buzzcocks Bands, based on a series of interviews with singer Pete Shelley about the inspiration behind many of the band’s songs. The panel features book author Louie Shelley (not related to Pete), designer Malcolm Garrett and former Buzzcocks drummer John Maher. That same evening, there will be a discussion with the authors of Junglist, Two Fingas (Andrew Green) and James T Kirk (Eddie Otchere), followed by a live DJ together. Junglist is a cult fiction book based on the story of young black men set against the backdrop of the jungle and London rave scene of the 1990s.

On November 13, author Ian Helliwell and host Martin James will present RIBBON LEADERS: A collection of the first British electronic music composers – a conversation about the music of the analog era and the composers involved in the movement. On November 13, there will also be a conversation with Dire Straits bassist John Illsley; a discussion of the roles of professional female studio professionals in the UK with former Hot Press reporter Roisin Dwyer and Dr Helen Reddington, Senior Lecturer in Music Production at the University of East London; and a performance and screening of films by Give me wine: the story of a song with singer Eleanor McEvoy.

The final day of the festival will include a discussion with author Richard Balls on his book on the life of Shane MacGowan; David Hepworth will talk about his book on British groups traveling to we in the 1960s, Overpaid, oversexual and over there; and there will be a poetry reading by Ralph Dartford, reading his book Hidden music, a collection of poems inspired by the author’s link with music.

During the weekend, there will also be poetry sessions, film screenings, a dedicated bar area, ephemeral bookstores and book signings by the featured authors.

For more details and tickets visit: https://louderthanwordsfest.com/whats-on/


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