From the creators of The Wire magazine comes Off The Page, a literary festival dedicated to contemporary sound and music, with exhibitions of archival research from the deep well of musical history, in the flesh discussions and interviews and A/V presentations. Off The Page features a formidable cast of music critics, academics, authors, musicians and artists.
The festival opens tonight with a special audience with Robert Wyatt to coincide with the publication of his authorised biography by Marcus O’Dair.
Robert Wyatt is an English original. For more than four decades he has cut an idiosyncratic path through the nation’s pop landscape, taking in the psychedelic reveries of Soft Machine, the jazz rock inversions of Matching Mole, political songwriting and campaigning, and collaborations with a wildly diverse cast of musicians, from Pink Floyd to Scritti Politti, Paul Weller to Evan Parker, Mike Oldfield to Björk, all testifying to the universal appeal of his singular music.
This September, Serpents Tail will publish Different Every Time: The Authorised Biography Of Robert Wyatt, for which Wyatt collaborated closely with the author and broadcaster Marcus O’Dair. To mark the publication of the book, for Off The Page’s opening event Robert Wyatt will be talking to Marcus O’Dair about some of the most significant moments and episodes in his half a century of music making. The discussion will be prompted by a selection of tracks from a new anthology of Wyatt’s music, as well as previously unseen photos taken from the biography.
The talk will be followed by an audience question and answer session, and signed copies of Different Every Time will also be on sale.
Feast on a 3 day programme that will address a wide variety of contemporary music matters, from the history of recording to the aesthetics of volume and the legacy of Industrial culture. There will be a full day of events on the Saturday, including audiences with Carla Bozulich and Paul Gilroy, plus new talks by Mark Fisher, Sarah Angliss, David Keenan, Julian Henriques, Nick Richardson and others. Finally, on the Sunday there will be a new talk and presentation by Mississippi Records’ Eric Isaacson, plus a pub quiz hosted by The Wire.
There will be a number of extra events taking place throughout the weekend, including film screenings and workshops, plus listening posts and a library stocked by The Wire. Details of the full programme, including additional speakers and talks, will be announced in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, festival passes and day tickets are available now.
Produced by The Wire Magazine in association with Qu Junktions and Arnolfini
Fri 26 September, 8-10pm
Sat 27 September, 11am-11pm
Sun 28 September, noon-5:30pm
Three day festival pass: £30
Fri ticket: £10
Sat ticket: £20
Sun ticket: £8