Preview - Louder Than Words Festival 2017
Louder Than Words celebrates that essential, magical relationship between music and writing.
From Guy Garvey talking lyrics to Edwyn Collins performing his own music, the festival has something for anyone with a love for music, and the way words are used to inform and contribute to its melody.
The festival returns on 10-12 November at the grand Principal Hotel in Manchester. Across the weekend there is the opportunity to check out Q&A’s, panel workshops and discussions, decoding everything from the club scene, the vinyl revival and black female voices in Manchester.
The thorny question of how to make money from music writing will be tackled along with further debates discussing pop and politics, punk and the spirit of ’76 and the sixties counterculture.
Key music writers such as Barney Hoskyns, John Ingham, Paul Morley and of course Louder’s John Robb will take full part in the proceedings, as well as talks with some of the most significant music personalities of past decades. The legendary Pete Wylie and The Wonder Stuff’s Miles Hunt are along for the ride too, with The Specials’ Horace Panter and a raft of influential music journalists and authors, all telling their stories.
Following the Sex Pistols anniversary last month, former model for Vivienne Westwood, Sex Pistols associate, Adam & The Ants manager, and original punk, Jordan will be discussing everything punk rock alongside The Damned member Rat Scabies.
As well as looking back with the most significant music personalities of past decades, Louder Than Words celebrates Manchester’s future voices, with the inclusion of the Wilko Johnson Writing Award – celebrating young music writers under 25.
With a continuing focus on the role of education in music and journalism, the festival will include the Slam Poetry workshop team; involving students as volunteers and panellists. Workshops will take place on everything from writing and getting published, making music, DJing and music law.
Don’t miss the chance to listen to your musical heroes, get books signed and get up close and personal with your musical heroes. Mark the November 10-12 weekend in your diary. It might get loud…
November 10-12 at The Principal Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA