Beyond The Music, a new global music conference and festival, today announces its first edition to take place in Manchester, UK, running 11-14 October 2023.

As the music industry continues to shape and define global culture, it is also facing unprecedented and urgent challenges. In response, the festival aims to explore, define and tackle those issues to shape the future of the music industry and turn the challenges into opportunities to overhaul and advance.

Beyond The Music announces its arrival by naming one of Manchester’s greatest ever bands as its first ambassadors. New Order will launch the festival with an exclusive SXSW concert, at The Moody Theatre on 13 March 2023, with support from Manchester avant-pop rockers The Orielles and post-punk quartet Loose Articles. Both supporting acts are being supported to attend SXSW by GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and were selected by the Greater Manchester Music Commission and Manchester Music Cities Network.

Building on our civic traditions of innovation and cooperation we are creating a forum for the music industry to shape its future in the new cultural economy, and delivering a new music festival that will realign Manchester as the global capital of music.

Whether it has been with technology or creating new business models within the industry, from the very beginning of their career, New Order have always led the curve. Now in 2023 we are proud to have New Order as our first artists ambassadors, as they embody the spirit of Manchester and share the same commitment to innovation as Beyond The Music.”

New Order add, “We’re supporting Beyond The Music to help change and innovation in the music industry, particularly in mental health which is something close to our hearts. Manchester is a place where this can happen, our home and the city of revolution, and we’re looking forward to the launch of Beyond The Music with a live show at SXSW and being a part of this positive movement for the music industry.”

Taking place in Manchester – the beating heart of the UK’s cultural enterprise and a city historically known for social change – the festival will create a global forum and live music festival, defining the music industry’s place in the new cultural economy by bringing together tech, AV, gaming, brands, and literature to build a creative alliance for the future. Beyond The Music is a place to gather artists, entrepreneurs, creatives and music industry professionals over the course of three days with funders, businesses and organisations in order to maximise impact and take solutions to scale whilst putting the spotlight back on live and new music discovery alongside world class artists.

The first edition will take place on 11-14 October 2023 across venues and skylines in and around the city. The global annual event will seek to not only solve the issues being faced today but to produce innovative models for the future. In order to do this with meaningful effect the festival is set up as a co-operative – the first festival and conference to have integrated decision-making structure to create actions, and exist as more than just a talking shop. By participating, everyone  will have a stake and a say.

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