words Danny Lamb
We’ve got some good news for fans of music, art and literature, as Louder Than Words is back this year for its 10th instalment, once again emanating from The Innside in Manchester. This year’s festival will be taking place between Friday 11th – Sunday 13th November and promises a jam packed, veritable smorgasbord of events which straddle the worlds of music and literature. Expect in depth conversations, thought provoking panel discussions, art exhibitions, and live performances across the three-day festival.
Some of the highlights of this year’s festival programme include Spaceships Over Glasgow, which will feature Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite in conversation with John Robb; Pink Floyd: Tearing Down the Wall – a panel discussion which aims to explore and examine the iconic band and their body of work from different angles and perspectives; as well as A Visual History of The Fall, in which NME photographer Kevin Cummings and former Fall member Paul Hanley discuss the book which has been touted as ‘the ultimate visual companion to The Fall.’ From a celebration of 50 years of Abba, to a history of heavy metal, right through to a panel discussion on the origins of electronic music, or the struggles of making it in hip-hop when you come from Runcorn, there’s something on offer for all music lovers here.
As well as a fantastic array of talks and panel discussions, the programme also features a free exhibition of ‘pop ephemera’ curated by Gary Stewart. NOSTALGIA is described as a project ’45 years in the making’ and is about ‘one boy’s musical journey and a passion for collecting records and music memorabilia.’ It’s not to be missed.
And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, then any aspiring writers out there will want to get themselves to Northern Gravy’s creative writing workshop. For the past two years, Northern Gravy have made their mission statement clear, they want to hear from ‘unknown, undiscovered, and overlooked’ new writing talent. Could that be you? This year’s workshop will look at the differences between song lyrics and poetry, if indeed there is any difference at all.
So, act now and get booking your tickets. After all, actions speak louder than words.
For more information go to louderthanwordsfest.com