The Louder Than Words Festival of music and writing grows louder each year. Now in its seventh edition, the UK’s festival interrogating that enduring love affair between music and the written word has announced it will return to Manchester between Fri 8 – Sun 10 November 2019 with a line-up of punk, pop, goth and new wave legends.
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, and Eva Prinz of the Ecstatic Peace Library will take to the stage of the Principal Hotel on Oxford Road, discussing their many publishing projects, releasing books delving not only into Moore’s career-spanning lyrics collection, but also fanzine culture Joining them at Louder is Wayne Hussey of The Sisters of Mercy and The Mission. It’s the end of a 50 gig tour for Wayne and fans of both Mercy and Mission should expect the guitar to come out. On the punk angle, the original punk – Jordan – is back, talking to writer Cathi Unsworth about their acclaimed biography Defying Gravity. Edwyn Collins will appear with his wife Grace Maxwell, in conversation to reveal more about his astonishing career and life to date and no doubt playing songs from the new album Badbea. For those whose tastes are towards the esoteric, how about Unstoppable Sex Machine’s Jim Bob Carter… or even Mike Flowers of The Mike Flowers Pops aka Michael Roberts, discussing his weighty book that draws links between Britain’s arts schools and the nation’s enduring musical icons?
Modern broadcasting heroes come in the form of not only 6Music’s Steve Lamacq, but also Matt Everitt. Daniel Rachel – winner of Music Book of the Year – talks about his new Rankin’ Roger book and from a record label perspective, Darryl Easlea will discuss his new Decca book, and Eamonn Forde will chat about his EMI account. Getting academic and digging even deeper into musical culture, there’s Lucy O’Brien, Simon Philo, and Simon Warner on his study of music and Jack Kerouac.
Since its first incarnation in 2013, audience and contributor numbers have more than doubled at Louder Than Words, which in turn has only increased the variety of talks, panels and workshops programmed over the weekend. Over those years the festival has welcomed music characters such as Rick Buckler (The Jam), Guy Garvey, Viv Albertine, Mary Anne Hobbs, Woody Woodmansey (The Spiders From Mars), Wolgang Flur (Kraftwerk), Brix Smith (The Fall), Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Miles Hunt (The Wonderstuff), Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers), Chris Difford (Squeeze) and Andy McCluskey (OMD) as well as writers such as Ian Rankin and Paul Morley to Manchester, talking all things musical and literary… as well as the spiritual godfather of the festival, Wilko Johnson.
Now fully embedded as the UK’s biggest and best music writing festival, and the key weekend for anyone interested in that essential connection between words and music, Louder Than Words welcomes new visitors, alongside those who come every year; attendees from down the road… and those who make the journey from as far afield as San Francisco and Moscow.
For information on the Louder Than Words line-up and tickets visit https://louderthanwordsfest.com/