RECOMMENDED: Un-Convention 2010

Salford 1st-3rd October
By Simon Poole

For those of you that have not yet had the pleasure of hearing about Un-Convention, it’s a Salford based music industry event that first reared its head in 2008. Un-Fortunately for me, the first of these years I was working away, and last year I was down in that there London for a Billy Childish gig. Both times I had looked into the goings on and was mindful that it I would be missing out on something special.

Thankfully this year I am here in my hometown of Salford for the whole weekend of the proceedings. So when I checked out what Un-Convention had in store, I was blown away. The official biog says that this year it promises to be the biggest and best yet, and even though biogs for these types of affairs tend to exaggerate a little, this is certainly not the case this time around.

 At heart, Un-Convention is a music industry event that allows the music community to meet physically and virtually to share ideas; discuss and debate cutting edge issues around music, technology and creativity, but at the same time it is not about the business of music.

The venues to be used are just as special as the people booked to appear in them, these include Islington Mill, Sacred Trinity Church, Salford Central Station, Salford Lads Club and even a barge on the Manchester Ship Canal.

But what’s that I hear you saying “who are the people that will be appearing at these venues?”, Well let me answer your query… Bill Drummond, Roisin Murphy, Jarvis Cocker, Martin Atkins, Jon McClure, Brian Travers, Billy Bragg, Kevin Cummins, Don Letts, Andrew Dubber, John Robb, Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, British Sea Power, Gabby Young, Kid British, Jah Wobble, The Unababmbers and Denis Jones to name but a few. The list just goes on and on, but be assured there is not one name on the entire list that does not deserve to be on it.

As I said earlier, this is a music industry event, but believe me when I say there is as much for anyone that has no interest in the industry side of things. There are gigs aplenty and there are tickets available for those out there that just simply want to see some great acts in some not so usual venues.

My attendance this year will not only be my first time at Un-Convention, but it will also be my first time attending something of this ilk, so I will be there as a music site editor as well as a normal bloke with a passion for music, and to honest with you, I’m as intrigued as I am giddy to see what it holds for me. I will of course post an article after the event has taken place to let you know how I get on.

Here are a few of the events that I have my eye on and think will tickle your fancy too…

Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly/SR Gents at Salford Central Station

Gabby Young/Juno Reactor Collaboration at Sacred Trinity Church

Young Fathers/Denis Jones on a barge

Róisín Murphy DJ Set/Homoelectric at Legends

Bill Drummond’s Two Tribes in the boxing ring at Salford Lads Club

British Sea Power at St Philips Church

Billy Bragg at Salford Lads Club

Not bad eh! But if you want the full details of all these and all the rest of the weekend’s events CLICK HERE.

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