Off The Page is almost here…

A literary festival about music: 26-28 September

Counting down the days now to the The Wire Magazine’s Off The Page festival – 3 days of presentations, interviews, films and performances covering some supremely fascinating characters and strands in music including Robert Wyatt, Carla Bozulich, Mississippi Records, Dean Blunt, Mark Fisher, David Keenan, Sarah Angliss, Pinch and Jonny Trunk among them. We can’t wait for its intoxicating verbal swarm to cut loose-tongued in our fair city. Full schedule below.

Very good value weekend tickets still available, as well as individual day tickets – HERE

Off The Page Timetable
Unless otherwise stated, all events take place at Arnolfini, 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA, 0117 917 2300.

Friday 26 September
Robert Wyatt in Conversation with Marcus O’Dair + audience Q&A

Saturday 27 September
Mark Fisher: Another Grey World: The Secret Sadness of the 21st Century + audience Q&A

Richard King with Pinch & Mike Darby: A Record Shop, Roots & Bristol Culture

David Keenan: Crime Calls for Night: A Phenomenology of Transgression in Industrial Music

Sarah Angliss: Visceral Music: The Corporeal Origins of Electronic Sound

Paul Gilroy in Conversation with Tony Herrington + audience Q&A

Carla Bozulich in Conversation with Frances Morgan + audience Q&A

Julian Henriques with David Fisher (Papa Roots Sound System): The Sound System Unplugged

Off The Page aftershow party with Rewired (NTS Radio) DJs + The Wire Sound System DJs at The Cube, Dove Street South, Bristol BS2 8JD, 0117 907 4190

Sunday 28 September
The Wire pub quiz hosted by Derek Walmlsey & Rob Young at The Louisiana, Wapping Road, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol BS1 6UA, 0117 926 5978

Film screening: A Spell To Ward Off The Darkness

Dean Blunt’s “Black Metal”: A Reading

Eric Isaacson: A Cosmic and Earthly History of Recorded Music According to Mississippi Records

Off The Page closing concert with Marisa Anderson + Lori Goldston + Dragging An Ox Through Water at The Cube, Dove Street South, Bristol BS2 8JD, 0117 907 4190

See you there



Dean Blunt announces London show

Dean Blunt will be performing at Electrowerkz on 13th November. More info and tickets here

Listen to new track ’50 Cent’ here

Off The Page


The Wire magazine brings its sound and music-related literature festival to Bristol in September, co-produced by Qu and Arnolfini – now with added Dean Blunt. More details on the events page

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The Reds Of Their Eyes



The intention behind the Reds Of Their Eyes shows being in a small space is to be much much, much closer than the whites of their eyes.  It is about being smashed, intense, physical, truly personal and in the end ruined, but perhaps redeemed, by being unable to ignore the inches-away crazed gaze of a fellow human.
Aside from being the best context for Xiu Xiu in our present, sonic blade-wielding form, these shows offer the chance to invite some special guests operating in violently contrasting fields of intensity: James Blackshaw joins us for the first show, a man whose totally beautiful, radically expanding long form acoustic guitar pieces I have followed with furious intent for years. Then for night 2 we are psyched to welcome Blood Music, from the black-hearted frontier of new London noise-rock and sharing a certain brutalist kinship with our current groove.

See you there, in the dark, point blank range.

Jamie Stewart, Xiu Xiu

Tickets available here (21st) and here (22nd)

Grouper & Paul Clipson: HYPNOSIS DISPLAY

Trailer for forthcoming HYPNOSIS DISPLAY music/film commission from Grouper and Paul Clipson, touring UK this June.

05/06 Leeds, Howard Assembly Room
06/06 Glasgow, CCA
08/06 London, LSO St Lukes SOLD OUT

Nozinja Lodge

Last minute announcementNozinja returns to the Lodge this Wednesday. V. limited tickets available, more info here.

Nozinja ‘Tsekeleke’ video

Blast this. Get more info and tour dates at

Qu events May/June 2014

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The Ex on tour in the UK

The relentlessly adventurous Dutch quartet’s UK tour kicks off in London on Wed 16 April taking in dates in Cardiff, Birmingham, Halifax, Glasgow, Manchester, Leamington Spa and Brighton.

Take in full tour dates here.

“Go and see the Ex and you will hear rhythms you have never heard before…a sweaty seething party, an uplifting, joyful celebration” – The Quietus