JULY 8th & 9th 2021


We are absolutely delighted to announce that the 106th Un-Convention will take place in person at the 02 Ritz in Manchester on the 8th and 9th July 2021.

Physical tickets for the event are now sold out, but we will announcing details soon of a live stream of the conference in partnership with StreamGM.


The conference will bring together artists, professionals and organisations from the independent music sector to reflect on how the industry and music scenes have adapted, the lessons we have learnt over the last year, and how we can work together to ensure a brighter future. 


Joining us will be a host of pioneering artists, managers, venues, labels and promoters including Frank Turner, Ed O’Brien from Radiohead and Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, alongside a host of key industry champions.


Mark Davyd and Beverley Whitrick from the Music Venues Trust will be contributing to panels on the current state of the independent sector along with representatives from the Association of Independent Festivals, Music Managers Forum, Music Publishers Association, Featured Artists Coalition and Musicians’ Union.


Artists from across the country will also be joining the discussions, including Laurie Vincent (Slaves), Sara Leigh Shaw (The Pearl Harts), Andy Carthy (Mr Scruff), Kapil Seshasayee, John Robb (The Membranes), Elisabeth Elektra, Steve Lawson, LNA, and Stewart Baxter (LIFE).


Greater Manchester’s Mayor, Andy Burnham will be speaking, as will a host of artist managers including Conrad Murray (Blossoms / The Coral), Trevor Dietz (Fontaines DC) and Shikayla Nadine (Rebecca Garton / Levelle London). We’ll also be featuring organisations like Driift and United We Stream that have kept artists and fans connected over the last year


We’re delighted to have renowned poet Tony Walsh returning to the event, and we’ll also be presenting a host of innovative new ideas for the independent music sector as part of the JUMP European Music Market Accelerator. 

As always, the event will be bringing together people working at the coalface of independent music from across the whole of the UK – promoters and entrepreneurs such as Nathan Clark from the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds and Yasin El Ashrafi BEM from HQ Familia in Leicester as well as labels, managers and artists from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Middlesbrough, Leeds, Hull, Birmingham, Liverpool, Coventry, Nottingham, Brighton, Hastings, Cardiff, Bristol, Cornwall and everywhere in between.

If you're involved in the independent music sector then we hope you can join us for two days of inspiration, ideas and new opportunities. 

Un-Convention Manchester takes place in-person at the 02 Ritz in Manchester, as well as being streamed live online. The event will be run at reduced capacity and within Covid-19 regulations.

All tickets are fully refundable should restrictions prevent attendance.

We hope you can join us.




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