Preview: Off The Record Festival

Manchester’s Off the Record Festival returns on the 15th/16th November, offering an abundance of new artists performing at seminal venues in the Northern Quarter.

This event offers exposure to unsigned artists, letting them share their music to music lovers with a range of intimate shows in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Boasting a list of reliable curators (Everything Everything, BBC Introducing Manchester, The Orielles), an array of fresh new bands have been given the chance to showcase their music in iconic venues such as Jimmy’s, Soup Kitchen and Night and Day.

Also showing is a conference line up which offers a variation of professionals talking about interesting and crucial areas of the music industry. Talks include a songwriting master-class from the iconic Manchester band Doves, a female-led talk on Gender imbalance in music (Keychange, Re:Balance, When in Manchester, Make Noise), and a conversation with Simon Parks who founded the Brixton Academy. As well as a spectacle of live music there is also the chance to learn about key topics in the music industry at the moment as well as the timeless tips for new musicians

With this exciting festival just around the corner, we have listed a selection of artists that we recommend you check out.


Chappaqua Wrestling

Castle Hotel | Friday

Childhood friends Charlie Woods and Jake Mac create dreamy pop songs which never delve too far into complexity. However, it is hard not to be drawn into their melting lo-fi tracks which are the embodiment of a thriving modern sound. Hailing from Brighton, the pair now live in Manchester but have carried a coastal sound up north with them. Their glowing tracks possess a Beach Boys-inspired glamour and fluidity. Don’t expect ear drum bursting anthems but rather you will be indulged in a refreshing pop sensation.



 Castle Hotel | Friday

It would be a mistake not to catch this group on Friday. Kinkajous are from a thriving nu-jazz scene in London where it isn’t strange for jazz to elope with electronica. Their performances are said to intimate and exhilarating, passion runs through the veins of their tracks and courageous experimentation waits around every corner. Kinkajous offer audiences the chance to indulge themselves in the flourishing UK jazz scene which is pushing boundaries and breaking conventions like never before.



Olivia Nelson

 Jimmy’s | Friday

Olivia Nelson is an artist on the rise, she effortlessly creates R&B tracks of the highest quality and professionalism at the early age of 22. Her recent EP ‘For You’ shows a substantial amount of potential and maturity within the songs that recall the end of a relationship but portray the early signs of success in the music industry. Catch this incredibly likeable sound on the Friday at Jimmy’s if you are a fan of boasting about seeing artists before they blow up, Nelson has the capabilities to do so.

 Pearl City

Castle Hotel | Friday

Manchester duo Nick and Greta released their bedroom pop debut, ‘Flames’ in July, it is a bold and sultry track with scintillating electronica that echoes similarities to Bjork.  Synths, drum machines and harmonies are Pearl City’s instruments of choice pioneering a futuristic soundscape with live capabilities in abundance. Expect a sharp performance from this progressive duo in their hometown Manchester as they bring their alien sound to familiar surroundings.




Jimmy’s | Friday

Glasgow four-piece Rascalton are a raucous punk band who have just released a double A-side “Lust/Alone” via Public. Stating The Clash as one of their major influences, they aspire to bring a similar sound to the modern punk scene, adding a vintage touch to the new resurgence of the genre. The band are part of a new wave of Scottish bands and they stand out in the crowd with their jagged guitars and witty lyrics. Catch them at Jimmy’s on the Friday of the festival.



Team Picture

Castle Hotel | Friday

This Leeds 6-piece’s DIY sound is well known in the thriving indie scene occurring in their hometown. The band tamper with explosiveness yet are never far from seductive tranquillity. The acclaimed Brudenell Social Club has been an important platform for them to share their expansive sound, the venue is a gateway for local unsigned acts to break through. On the back of their debut album, ‘Recital’, Team Picture have a new domain to take over in Manchester. Off The Record Festival offers them the chance to play this debut in its full live form. Expect killer riffs, sublime vocals and vintage 80s pop.



Night & Day | Friday

Eccentricity is the first word which springs to mind when describing Wooze. The explosive duo emerged onto the London scene in Brixton in 2017 out of the Muddy Yard Collective. The pairing offers heavy psychedelic riffs with layers of Gary Numan-esque electronica – a combination oozing with potential. WOOZE’s Korean/British combination creates an array of exotic sounds which will travel to the urban autumnal confines of Manchester this November, they are one of the must-see acts at the festival.