Today in its ninth edition, it remains the only festival that truly questions this love story that continues between music and writing.
Following last year’s virtual festival, event co-curators Dr Jill Adam from Harrogate and musician, journalist and host John Robb are delighted to announce that they will be back. “In real life” in Manchester, the festival’s permanent home. .
However, they say, there are two key changes.
“First of all, some of what we learned about how it works online was carried over, to give our visitors the choice of attending in person or participating online.
“Second, we moved home. Fittingly, the festival will now take place at the Innside hotel on Tony Wilson Place, and in the shadow of what used to be Manchester’s Haçienda nightclub.
There is so much to choose from that it’s hard to isolate the highlights, so for full details as well as all tickets and passes to the event, head to the website.
The festival kicks off on Friday November 12 with a distinctively eclectic collection of events, from celebrity designer Malcolm Garrett speaking all things Buzzcocks with author Lou Shelly and former band member John Maher to a junglist panel. and a DJ set or a chat and live with Chris Jagger.
On Saturday, Daniel Rachel discusses his bestselling book Oasis; Eleanor McAvoy previewing her new movie, album and live; Kevin Cummins discusses his photography of Joy Division and Jordan Mooney talks about life as one of the original punks.
In terms of musical genres, the varied selection ranges from Frank Bellow of Anthrax to John Illsey of Dire Straits and Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnyman.
And Sunday wraps it all up in the same spirit, with panels covering topics as diverse as the representation of genres in the music industries, the official biography of Shane MacGowan, the deers and skinheads and Ravi Shankar, with renowned authors on all of them. such subjects as Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson, award-winning Daniel Rachel, Richard Balls, Zoe Howe, Lesley Chow, David Hepworth and Helen Reddington. If that wasn’t enough, how about tackling Dylan, Lennon and God? Well, Sleeper’s Jon Stewart will attempt to do it… all at the same time, in one panel.
And that’s just to scratch the surface, because elsewhere many academics and music writers come together for panels, discussions, Q&A, workshops, and even a music quiz.
In addition to hearing their stories, the festival also offers a unique chance to connect with people often seen only on stage; in the much more social and conducive atmosphere of Innside.
said Dr Adam; “We have exclusive use of three adjacent hotel reception rooms during the weekend, providing visitors with the best experience of comfortable movement between rooms. With the three rooms operating throughout the weekend, there is obviously a lot of choice and we will also have a dedicated bar area, for our pop-up bookstore, signings and, of course, pre and post event meetings.
Since its first incarnation in 2013, the number of audiences and contributors has more than doubled at Louder, which has only increased the variety of conferences, panels and workshops scheduled over the weekend.
During these years, the festival has hosted musical personalities such as Rick Buckler (The Jam), Guy Garvey (Elbow), Edwyn Collins, Viv Albertine, Mary Anne Hobbs, Woody Woodmansey (The Spiders From Mars), Wolfgang Flur ( Kraftwerk), Brix Smith (The Fall), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff), Bob Geldof, Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) and Alan McGee (Creation Records).
Participants come from as far away as San Francisco and Moscow to participate in a weekend that includes panels, Q&A moderated by John Robb de Louder (among others) and very special performances from all over the musical world: from rave to metal; from ska to punk.
In addition to looking back with the most important musical personalities of decades past, Louder Than Words also celebrates future voices, with an emphasis on the role of education in music and journalism, which he has seen. act as part of the Slam Poetry workshop team; involve students as volunteers and panelists; organization of workshops on everything from writing to publishing, including music creation, DJing and music law.
The Wilko Johnson Writing Award will make a welcome return, celebrating young music writers under the age of 25 and there is much to enjoy on the sidelines of the festival.
Expect music… expect conversation… expect laughs… expect things to get loud.
Louder Than Words will take place November 12-14 at the Innside Hotel, 1 First Street, Manchester M15 4RP.
Tickets are available via http://louderthanwordsfest.com/tickets/ and are available as weekend passes, day passes or event tickets, ranging from £ 6 for one event at £ 65 for a full top three pass. daytime weekend (prices are subject to booking fees).
Louder Than Words is publicly funded by Arts Council England.