Robert Wyatt

The Wire Present The UK’s Only Literary Music Festival

Off The Page festival is back this month for its fourth edition, exploring contemporary sound and music through a series of talks, presentations and conversations.

Calling all music nerds – imagine a music festival without much music, instead its content provided through talks and discussions from leading academics, authors and musicians. Joining forces with promoters Qu Junctions and Bristol’s international art centre, the Adolfini, leading underground music magazine The Wire present a weekend of musical food-for-thought.

Soft Machine founder and music legend Robert Wyatt (pictured) begins proceedings on Friday 26th, celebrating the release of his biography. Wyatt will be discussing his career with the biography’s author Marcus O’Dair, and participating in an audience Q&A. On the Saturday, academic presentations include Paul Gilroy reflecting on the development of black music in the UK, Mark Fisher exploring melancholia in 21st Century Pop music and Sarah Anglis discussing the original tools in electronic music making.

Julian Henriques will be joined by David Fisher and his Papa Roots Sound System to explain the science behind sound systems and Richard King will be considering the Bristol record shop Revolver’s importance to local street level roots music in the ’80s. He will also be joined by Tectonic head honcho Pinch and Mike Darby to review the legacy of artists such as Talisman and Black Roots. Finally, the Los-Angeles based Carla Bozulich will play and discuss her career. 

Sunday begins with The Wire’s pub quiz, followed by a screening of 2013 art film ‘A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness’. Eric Isaacson who runs Mississippi Records, will attempt to chart the entire history of recorded music before the mysterious Dean Blunt takes stage, simply listed under ‘Black Metal’: A Reading… Presumably something to do with his forthcoming album, due in a couple of months.

Off The Page takes place 26-28th at the Arnolfini in Bristol. 

More information and links to tickets can be found on the Arnolfini website.