PREVIEW: Louder Than Words Festival 2018

The Louder Than Words festival returns in 2018 for the sixth time! Running from Friday the 9th to Sunday 11th November 2018 at The Principal Hotel in Manchester, the music and literary festival features panels, Q&As and performances.

‘Filling an intriguing niche that we didn’t realize needed filling until it was full’, Crack magazine

 ‘The only festival that interrogates the love affair between music and the written word’Cheshire Life

‘Where Glastonbury meets the Hay Literature Festival’Silent Radio

The Louder Than Words Festival continues to grow each year and remains unique as the only festival that celebrates and interrogates the love affair between music and the written word. The festival’s first occurrence was in 2013 and since then, contributor and audience numbers have more than doubled.

The festival offers a fantastic opportunity to meet musicians who are often only seen on the stage. The friendly, social atmosphere of the festival in the setting of the Grade Two-listed Principal Hotel creates a wonderful environment to discuss with musicians and music writers.

Guests currently confirmed for the festival include:-

• radio and television presenter Gemma Cairney
• Guy Pratt, current bassist for Pink Floyd
• broadcaster and journalist Zoë Howe
• Chris Difford, founding member of the group Squeeze
• musician Andy McCluskey, co-founder of the band Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
David Gedge, vocalist of The Wedding Present and Cinerama
• photographer Sheila Rock
• crime novelist Ian Rankin
Dave Haslam who is a well-known DJ at the Haçienda nightclub in Manchester.

There are still some significant names to be announced in the lead up to the festival.

Workshops are held covering everything from writing and getting published to making music, DJing and music law. This year’s festival also sees the return of the Wilko Johnson Writing Award celebrating writers under 25. Entries to the competition must be submitted by the 19th October and the award ceremony will take place on Sunday 11th November.

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Tickets are available via and are available as weekend passes, day passes, or event tickets, ranging from £6 for an event to £70.66 for a pass to the whole three-day weekend.

Words by Holly Royle

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