Un-convention Blog

Call for Poster Designs – Unconvention Factory by unconvention
March 12, 2010, 4:15 pm
Filed under: Discussion

Call for Poster Designs

Un-convention are calling for poster design submissions for the upcoming music event, ‘Un-convention Factory’ which is taking place on the 8th May 2010 at the Heritage Centre, Macclesfield.

As part of a larger event called Unknown Pleasures, celebrating the life of Ian Curtis on the 30th anniversary of his death, Un-Convention has been commissioned to develop a very special version of the event. Un-Convention have teamed up with the creators of iconic indie-rock footwear, Converse, to search for 300 of the UK’s most promising creative minds.

The event is a truly unique experiment where 8 bands, 60 music industry professionals and 300 participants will record, produce and release an album in a day.

The event is free to attend, although participants must register in advance as numbers are limited, and will include the likes of Reverend Soundsystem, The Whip, I am Kloot, New Education, The Virginmarys, plus more.

The central idea is that we are demystifying the ‘music industry’, by breaking down the processes involved in producing a record, and putting it into a production line. This will all take place in a single day inside a Mill in Macclesfield, which will be transformed into the ‘Un-convention Factory’. The Factory will include a recording studio, graphic design area, a digital space, and an area for debating issues around the production and release of the album.

We are asking for submissions from designers and artists to come up with a design for a poster for the event.

From the submissions a panel from Un-convention will select one, which they believe best represents the ethos of the Factory. This design will be used to screen print 300 posters, one each for the people participating in the event. There will also be a live demonstration of the posters being screen printed at the event itself. The selected design, plus some of the others submitted will also be displayed on the Un-convention website, and as part of an exhibition on the day.

There is no fee or prize as such for the selected design, but this will be a high profile, and prestigious event, and we believe a great platform for designers and artists to showcase their talent. The selected designer will receive two tickets to attend the day, and the evening gig in Macclesfield.

Criteria for designs:

The posters will be screen printed by hand, therefore to be eligible for use, the design must meet the following criteria:

Size: A2 Portrait (420 x 594mm)

Colour: 2 colour. Solid colours only, with no tints or gradients.

Coverage: Due to the limitations of this process, a 60% ink coverage for the design is recommended.

Text / Type: It is recommended that fine / small text is avoided.

Artwork: We will require artwork electronically. Ideally artwork should be supplied in a format that allows layers to be separated (Illustrator or Photoshop are preferable). Also it is worth baring in mind the nature of the screen-printing process means that there could be slight movement in registration.

Info: The design /concept of the poster is completely up to you, but posters must include the name, date and address of the event:

Un-convention Factory

The Heritage Centre

Roe Street


SK11 6UT

8th May 2010

Other optional information:

The bands involved in the day are:

Reverend Soundsystem

The Whip

I Am Kloot

New Education

The Virginmarys

plus more

The Un-convention logo is available on request from jeff@fatnortherner.com, but it is not a pre requisite to use the logo.

Please email submissions to jeff@fatnortherner.com, or post on CD to:

Un-convention Factory Poster Artwork

146 Oswald Road



M21 9QF

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on Monday 19th April 2010.

Any queries please contact Jeff on the email address above.

Unconvention Brisbane by unconvention
February 23, 2010, 2:05 pm
Filed under: Discussion

Details for Un-convention Brisbane, Australia on the 12th & 13th June can be found here:


Un-convention Medellin by unconvention
February 23, 2010, 2:02 pm
Filed under: Discussion

Details of Un-convention Medellin, Colombia on the 19th, 20th & 21st May can be found at:




Un-convention Medellin by unconvention
February 3, 2010, 1:22 am
Filed under: Discussion

Dates have been confirmed for Un-convention Medellin, Colombia. The event will take place from the 19th – 21st May 2010

Un-convention Groningen by unconvention
November 23, 2009, 2:19 pm
Filed under: Discussion

Details of Un-convention Groningen have now been announced. The event takes place on the 13th and 14th January 2010, in Groningen, the Netherlands. Details, and early bird tickets tickets, priced at 30 Euros, can be found here. Hope to see you there!

Un-convention Mumbai by unconvention
November 6, 2009, 7:12 pm
Filed under: Discussion

Details for the next Un-convention event, in Mumbai on the 21st and 22nd of November will be going up at: 


Thanks Oxford by unconvention
October 13, 2009, 1:08 pm
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A great big thankyou to the guys at Ox4,  for hosting a couple of wonderful Un-convention sessions. Great insight from Steve Lawson, Mark Gardener, Pat Fulgoni, Tarrant Anderson, and John Robb on sustaining oneself as an Artist in the current climate.

Also fantastic discussion on keeping it local from Scott Cridland-Smith, Tim Turan and Ronan Munro (oh, and Pat again), headed up by Mike McNally.

Thanks especially to Robin and Joe from Truck who put on a sterling event.

Hopefully we’ll get some footage up soon.

Right, now for plans for Mumbai…..

About Pat Fulgoni by unconvention
October 13, 2009, 12:31 pm
Filed under: Biogs

Pat Fulgoni – Chocolate Fireguard / Kava Kava / Yorkshire Music

Pat Fulgoni is a singer/musician. Has sung for a wide range of genres from his own live solo blues album in the Czech Republic to drum n bass with Hospital Records producers Nu:Tone, London Elektricity and Logistic’s album “Crash Bang Wallop”; from house music (Subliminal NYC) to his live DIY rock electronica act Kava Kava who have played in China, USA and all over Europe.

Pat runs the independent record label Chocolate Fireguard Music Ltd and has managed to get his music in profile US TV shows such as Dirt, Weeds and John From Cincinnati and in video games like Stoked (XBOX).

He also does his best to promote Yorkshire music worldwide via the award winning Social Enterprise “Timeless Music Project” and “Music Yorkshire” organising regional CD samplers and new for 2009 the first ever Yorkshire Showcase at SXSW.





About Richard Chamberlain by unconvention
October 13, 2009, 12:20 pm
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Richard Chamberlain (ex European MD, Tommy Boy)

Apart from being a senior lecturer at Bucks University, Richard used to be the European MD of Tommy Boy & GM of Go Beat (Portishead, Gabrielle, David Holmes). He also manage a few acts (Little Barrie, Killer Meters) and also consults for a few people (Warner Music – Urban repertoire, Dave Rotheray – ex Beautiful South and others).

About Scott Cridland-Smith by unconvention
October 13, 2009, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Biogs

Scott Cridland-Smith – Oxford Inspires

A retired DJ turned digital android, Scott doubles up as a broadcaster, writing and presenting BBC Oxford’s The Hub show, and as Marketing director for Oxford Inspires, the regional arts development agency, and so is intimately involved in trying to develop arts activity in the region. He has worked in music management and as a broadcaster at Radio 1 and other BBC and commercial stations. These days his particular speciality is the digital realm.