Last year I had the pleasure of chatting at the first Un-convention – held in Salford – and, unable to wait 12 months, seven months later they’re holding another one.
It may be the first one I’m not speaking at (I spoke at the Belfast event earlier this year), but I’m hoping to get up there next week.
It’s a great event, organised by great people with their hearts and minds in the right place and isn’t filled with the posteuring of most industry events.
You can get a taster of last year’s event by watching this video. You can also see me in the vid, and by awful posteur is due to being on crutches, although they seem to have been cut out…
Here’s the blurb and follow the link for discounted tickets:
Un-Convention 2009 is a not for profit grassroots led music conference for DIY and Independent music makers and companies. Born in Manchester in 2008 as an alternative to the more mainstream In The City event, it has already inspired Un-Conventions in Belfast and Swansea and future events in Glasgow, London, Barcelona and Reykjavík. This year’s UK national event in Salford will have a range of key musicians, bands and industry personnel in attendance.
This year’s panellists include Marin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Crispin Parry (British Underground), Andrew Dubber (New Music Strategies), Al Farquhar (Modern Art Management), Peter Hook (New Order), Liam Frost, Ashley Beedle (X-Press2), Jo Good (XFM/MTV), Simon Aldridge (BMI) and John Robb – plus many, many more (see attached).
In addition to panels and workshops Un-Convention presents the best new live talent, across genres, from all over the country. Un-Convention is not an industry showcase – more a celebration of talent below the mass media radar. Artists will perform during daytime acoustic sessions and over three nights of gigs.
Un-Convention 2009 bands include: I Am Kloot, Everything Everything, Kyte, The Loose Salute, Magic Arm, Kasms, Arthur Delaney, Gallops, Sisters of Transistors, The Tombots, Arch Nazards, Fangs, Jamie Finlay, Withered Hand, Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam 6, John Smith, Jake Flowers, Jesca Hoop + Lil’Fee (The Whip) DJ Set.
There will also be bbq’s in the graveyard on Friday and Saturday served by Wild At Heart.
Tickets from £7.50. To book tickets visit: http://unconvention3.eventbrite.com/ and enter UNCON019283, valid until Friday 29th May, 2009.