Following last night’s highly anticipated SXSW launch show with New Order in Austin, Texas – Beyond The Music – the world’s first change-making music conference and festival, today announces details and ticketing information for its first edition in Manchester, UK on 11 – 14 October 2023.

Specially commissioned visual artworks by students at Manchester’s School of Digital Arts (SODA) today light up Austin, Texas to herald a new era for the music industry.

First wave tickets for the first edition of the festival are available from today, at an exclusive price for a limited time at £30 per day / £90 for 3 days for festival goers, and £200 for conference & festival delegate passes. The festival has also launched a Pay It Forward option in order to maximise accessibility for those facing financial difficulties. Tickets are available here.

At the heart of the festival will be four days of live music by the most exciting new and established artists from around the world, alongside a series of conferences exploring The Past, The Present, The Future and The Summit, identifying everything from the entrepreneurs who have aided in defining Manchester’s music DNA to the new wave, the right to sustainability, ownership and equality within the industry, and how to find music’s place within the new cultural economy of tech, gaming, branding and film & TV.

Career-defining live music performances will include the Skyline Series, which will see three unique shows from the rooftops of Manchester, and Curated, consisting of exclusive performances from established music names across 10 key venues in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and city centre.

Also announced today, is the Discovered programme which offers the opportunity for new artists and bands to submit their music to a panel of music industry experts, led by A&R executive Caroline Elleray of Second Songs Publishing, for the chance to perform at one of the festival’s anchor music venues in Manchester city centre; encouraging music discovery through live performance. Submissions are open here.

This is the first festival and conference to have an integrated decision-making structure to create actions, and exist as more than just a talking shop. Launched today, its Co-Operative Membership programme will allow everyone from musicians, producers, managers, record labels, and trade bodies, through to delegates and gig lovers to have their say in the future of the global industry. By participating in the festival, everyone will have a stake and a say.


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