Thursday, September 30, 2010

Un-Convention - 1-3rd October in Manchester

Un-Convention Salford– 1st – 3rd October, 2010
From Brass Bands to Colombian Hip Hop.

This year’s national Un-Convention event promises to be the biggest and best yet. Taking influence from Un-Convention events around the world and inviting some of the most inspirational and influential figures from the global grassroots music scene – this year will use Un-Conventional spaces – including a barge, Salford Lads Club, Chapel Street venues - Sacred Trinity Church, Islington Mill, Salford Central Station; and explore new and cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity.

We have so far confirmed that Bill Drummond, Roisin Murphy, Jarvis Cocker, Martin Atkins, Jon McClure, Brian Travers, Billy Bragg, Kevin Cummins and Don Letts will be doing unusual and interesting things in the most unexplored places in the City. We will also host a travelling circus; music photography on buildings; very special interactive performances in unusual spaces around Salford and a brass band opening the event.

The panel programme features: Andrew Dubber (New Music Strategies), Aki Nawaz (Fundamental), Steve Lawson, Scott Cohen (The Orchard), Jason Singh, Cilla Baynes (Community Arts NW), Vijay Nair (OML India), Martin Giraldo (La Capsula, Colombia), Lykle de Vries (New Music Labs, Netherlands), John Robb, Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly.

Panel content includes; ‘the politicisation of music’; ‘a digital day on a barge’; ‘music as a tool for social change’; ‘do it together’, ‘bands and brands’, ‘building a sustainable career in music’ and ‘we fought the law’.

Music from British Sea Power, Roisin Murphy, Billy Bragg, Reverend Soundsystem, Gabby Young and Other Animals performing with Eccles Borough Brass Band, Kid British, Silverclub, Jah Wobble, The Beating Wing Orchestra, The Unabombers, The Whip DJs, Young Fathers, Paul Green, King Capisce, Denis Jones, Joe Kriss, The Janice Graham Band, Phillious Williams, Caro Snatch, Naomi Kashiwagi and Matthew Krysko, Mendiamler, Debt Records Stage and Coupe De Ville… plus many more.

Plus a very special one off performance with Jon McClure, Martin Atkins, Jah Wobble, Jarvis Cocker, The BBC Philharmonic and performers from DR Congo, Poland, Colombia, Brazil, Africa and more places around the world.

Music nights curated by BBC Introducing, Helmets for Men, Debt Records and Now Then Magazine.


Salford based music industry event, Un-Convention is a global grassroots music event and community – that meets physically and virtually to share ideas; discuss and debate cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity; and facilitates members engagement with their peers. Un-Convention is not about the business of music. The community is driven by a not for profit initiative that sees opportunity for the grassroots in the changes to the way music is being produced, consumed and sustained.

Starting as an alternative to mainstream music events around the world – Un-Convention was first held in Salford in October 2008. Two years on and 11 events later, Un-Convention has grabbed the attention of the global grassroots music community and now has events taking place in India, Colombia, Brazil, Australia, Spain, Germany, USA, Iceland – each event carrying the overall Un-Convention ethos, but each driven by it’s local grassroots music scene and infrastructure. All being coordinated from Salford with instigators around the globe.

Notes for editors

For more information on Un-Convention visit:

Tickets are available here: from £14 - £40.

Un-Convention is supported by:

Central Salford Urban Regeneration Company (URC) was established by Salford City Council, the Northwest Regional Development Agency and the national regeneration agency, English Partnerships (now the Homes and Communities Agency) in 2005 and is responsible for bringing about the transformation of Central Salford.

An Urban Regeneration Company (URC) is a not-for-profit company set-up to attract investment and create prosperity in less wealthy areas. In Central Salford, the main job for the URC is to transform the local economy and opportunities for local people, make the area more attractive and radically improve its image.

Experience has shown that cultural and creative industries play a crucial role in successful regeneration and Central Salford is no exception. Through its creative industries development programme Central Salford is helping to support and grow creative businesses and talent in the distinctive Chapel Street area of Salford. It is already proving to be an ideal location in which to foster creative talent with over 100 creative businesses located in the area and playing host to a number of critically acclaimed arts and music events annually.

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