By Simon A. Morrison, Pad Communications
Louder Than Words is the music and literary festival with a rock ‘n’ roll attitude and marks its fifth anniversary at The Principal Hotel in Manchester between November 10 and 12.
It’s co-curated by Jill Adam and John Robb and has previously attracted some incredible names from the world of music, including Guy Garvey, Alan McGee, Mary Ann Hobbs, Tim Burgess and Edwyn Collins.
There are some significant names still to be confirmed at this stage, but already signed up for 2017 are Miles Hunt of The Wonderstuff; Rat Scabies from The Damned; one of the key cornerstones of the punk movement, Jordan; Pete Wylie; Horace Panter from The Specials; Steve Ignorant of Crass and Jah Wobble (PiL); as well as folk from The Fall and The Undertones and cultural events taking inPaul ‘Smiler’ Anderson’s overview of the Mod scene, Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) and Celeste Bell (talking about her late mother, Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex), and the Time Travelling Suffragettes. Louder Luminary, the author Zoe Howe, will be back to talk about her work, alongside key authors such as Barney Hoskyns, Paul Morley and John Ingham, taking part in numerous panels, conversations and Q&As.
As well as hearing their stories, the Festival also offers a unique chance to get up close to people often only seen on the stage; in a much more social, conducive atmosphere of the suitably grand Principal Hotel. Built in 1895 as the Refuge Assurance Building, the grade two listed structure’s eclectic baroque style provides the perfect venue for an event of such diverse topics, with varied rooms used, including the elegant, wood-panelled Director’s Suite and the Post Room, for more social occasions and networking, as well as fringe events and book signings. The hotel recently had a multi-million pound refurb, which included The Electrik Chair guys turning the bar into ‘The Refuge’, where you are likely to find venerated old musicians, and indeed music writers catching up and reminiscing.
As well as looking back with most significant music personalities of past decades, Louder Than Words also celebrates future voices, with a continuing focus on the role of education in music and journalism, whether that be welcoming back the Slam Poetry workshop team; involving students as volunteers and panelists; arranging workshops on everything from writing and getting published, making music, DJing and music law. The Wilko Johnson Writing Award will make an extremely welcome return, celebrating young music writers under 25.
Time: November 10-12 2017
Place: The Principal Hotel, Oxford Road, Manchester, M60 7HA
Tickets: Tickets are available via http://louderthanwordsfest .com/tickets/ and are available as weekend passes, day passes, or event tickets, ranging from £7 for an event to £65 for a pass to the whole three-day weekend (£59 early bird)