Co-hosted by Jill Adam and John Robb, the festival collaborates with music book publishers and incorporates talks from musicians, music writers and professionals from all aspects of the industry. The Festival also celebrates and debates relevant issues through round tables – for example in 2022 – Life in and Legacy of The Fall, Music and Mental Health and Electronic Pop Music.
Previous guests include Mary Anne Hobbs (BBC 6 Music), Viv Albertine (Slits), Bob Geldof (Boomtown Rats), Jordan Mooney (punk icon and Adam & The Ants), Edwyn Collins (Orange Juice), Skin (Skunk Anansie) , Don Powell (Slade) and Wayne Hussey (The Mission).
This year’s festival will take place at the impressive Innside Hotel, Manchester, from November 11-13.
Notable guests at this year’s 10th edition include Helen O’Hara of Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Karl Bartos founding member of Kraftwerk, Miki Berenyi of Lush, legendary photographer Kevin Cummins as well as David Gedge of The Wedding Present, the legend of soul PP Arnold, Martyn Ware of The Human League and Heaven 17, Rick Buckler of The Jam, author and presenter Zoe Howe, and journalist and broadcaster Kate Molleson.
Prominent music scholars will also appear at the festival, including Dr Lucy O’Brien, Professor Martin James and Dr Simon Morrison. Additionally, Louder 2022 will feature a number of workshops and drop-in sessions with industry experts as well as informal networking opportunities throughout the weekend. The festival places a strong emphasis on the role of experience and the development of practice in a range of music-related professions, including music writing and journalism, with something for everyone.
Louder 2022 also offers all comers the opportunity to volunteer in a wide range of roles. All team members receive a full weekend pass so they can enjoy and indulge in the full weekend program as they wish.
Tickets are available as weekend passes, day passes, or event-by-event tickets. Concession options are available at all events and all festival spaces are fully accessible.