The Louder Than Words Festival of music and writing grows louder each year. Now in its ninth edition, this remains the only festival that truly interrogates that enduring love affair between music and the written word.
here is so much to choose from that it’s hard to isolate highlights, so for full details as well all event tickets, and day and full weekend passes, head to the website. We can tell you that the Festival kicks off on Friday Nov 12 with a typically elastic, eclectic collection of events, from esteemed designer Malcolm Garrett talking all things Buzzcocks through to a junglist panel and DJ set.
Saturday sees Daniel Rachel discussing his best-selling Oasis book; Eleanor McAvoy previewing her new film and playing live, Kevin Cummins discussing his Joy Division photography and Jordan talking about life as one of the original punks. On the music performance side, is it possible to get a more varied selection than one that runs from Frank Bellow from Anthrax to John Illsey from Dire Straits via Will Sergeant of Echo and the Bunnyman?
And Sunday rounds things off in the same spirit, with panels discussing subjects as varied as gender, Shane MacGowan, skinheads and Ravi Shankar, with renowned authors on all those subjects such as Paul ‘Smiler’ Anderson, the award-winning Daniel Rachel, Roisin Dwyer, David Hepworth and Paul Morley. If that wasn’t enough, how about tackling Dylan, Lennon and God? Well Sleeper’s Jon Stewart will attempt to do that... all at the same time, within one panel.
And that is merely to scratch the surface, as elsewhere numerous academics and music writers gather for panels, discussions, Q&As, workshops… and even a music pub quiz! 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 the much more social, conducive atmosphere of Innside. We have sole use of three adjoining function rooms of the hotel over the weekend, giving visitors the best experience of comfortably moving between rooms. With all three rooms operating throughout the weekend, there is obviously plenty to choose from and we will also have a dedicated bar area, for our pop-up bookshop, signings and ... of course... socialising before and after the events.