Head to the Principal Hotel on Oxford Road from 8pm this Saturday
This weekend sees Manchester's Principal Hotel once more hosting Louder Than Words, the UK's only festival dedicated to writing about music. The festival covers writing about all kinds of music, but in-between talks on everything from Shakespeare to the Sex Pistols there are two events going on that will be of particular interest to iDJ readers.
Saturday evening (10 November) sees the reconvening of the annual Club Culture panel, which this year is entitled Do ravers dream of electric beats? and looks at the state of, er, club culture some 30 years after the Summer Of Love. Joining veteran dance music journalist and host Simon Morrison will be Manchester DJ legend David Dunne, author David Stubbs, PR guru Vass Lauricella from the Urban Rebel agency and, on a more academic note, Dr Beate Peter from Manchester Metropolitan University, who's currently in the midst of an extensive oral history project which seeks to capture and preserve people's memories of those first, heady days of the rave explosion. Tickets are available now, priced £6+BF.
But that's not all. The following day (Sunday 11 November) will see writer and Prodigy press officer Martin James discussing the long, tortuous journey that led up to the publication of his recent The Prodigy biography We Eat Rhythm. That one runs from 4pm-5.30pm and tickets are also available now, priced £5+BF.
Alternatively, a weekend pass for the entire festival costs £70.66. For more info, see the Louder Than Words website.