Un-convention Blog

2008 Line Up – Monday 6th October Day by unconvention
February 3, 2009, 4:08 pm
Filed under: Discussion

12 noon Registration


A discussion based around the future of the small Independent and DIY sector of the music industry.

Chaired by Howard Mills of Humble Soul, this panel brings together innovative thinkers to discuss how bands and small labels can prosper in the technological age.

Click here for more about the Label panel. 

2pm Networking and Acoustic Performances.

A chance to discuss ideas with panellists, and also to network with other attendees. One of the main aims of Un-convention is to bring together like-minded people, to interact and inspire one another, and to develop contacts which will develop long after the event itself.

There will also be acoustic performances curated by Red Deer Club.



In September 2005 i took the huge step of leaving home and moving to Manchester to begin a college course in music performance/business, and to try and start a career. I played lots of open mic nights where I met James Harrington, tour manager to just about every band/act to come out of Mancunia in the last 10 years. He got me some money from a big scary record label down in London, so I could make a nice demo. It was all really exciting but at the end of it I didn’t like what I’d recorded so the label never got their CD. I spent 2006 gigging and developing my sound. I also changed my stage name to Nomad Jones, which subsequently opened the door to some huge gigs. By that Christmas, I’d played shows with Badly Drawn Boy, Elbow, Stephen Fretwell, Fionn Regan, Liam Frost and Paolo Nutini. l’d also aquired some help in the form of Elise, my violinist. In February 2007 I started to record my songs with engineer Paul Mortlock and some other fantastic musicians. At this point I’m about to release my first record, entitled “The TV Light EP”. I hope those of you who hear it will enjoy it….. Onwards and Upwards!




Gabriel Minnikin is a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Nova Scotia Canada. Even though Gabriel has been seen around Manchester since the year 2000, he has only recently made it his home. It wasn’t until 2004 that Gabriel would finally become an official Mancunian. It would also be the year he released his critically acclaimed debut record ‘Hard Feelings’. Steeped in the loam of Americana and hewn from the rough wood of blues, old time folk, country, & mountain music, Hard Feelings would establish Gabriel as a recognized singer/songwriter. He has been fortunate enough to tour and share stages with loads of great artists, Garth Hudson, Calexico, & The Handsome Family to name a few. 2006 he found himself back in Canada recording what would be his sophmore release ‘Wandering Midnight’. Despite being a relatively unheard record, it did produce some more interest from fans, labels, and press. Gabriel’s voice has an unbelievable range. He has received work for BBC voiceovers, gained radio support from John Peel & Bob Harris, has done television appearances, toured extensively, produced records, been a side musician for many great artists, and has even had a hand in recording a film soundtrack. 2008 will hopefully be the year that his third record will be recorded and released to the masses. Think Tom Waits in The Wizard of Oz.



The Paris Riots release their debut single The Indian / Hotel of Infidels on limited edition CD and through iTunes on Monday October 6th. The single will be available through Piccadilly Records in Manchester and mail order through the website.

Single launches will be taking place in Manchester and London.


A discussion based around the increasingly important live music sector.

Chaired by Howard Monk from the Local, this discussion will cover all areas of the live arena, with contributions from musicians, promoters and booking agents.

Click here to find out more about the Live panel

Following this panel there will be further opportunities to network with panellists and fellow attendees alike.

Tickets are available for the Day Time Panel events priced at £10 which includes entry to both Mondays, and Tuesdays panels, networking and acoustic sessions.

These tickets do not include entry to the evening band showcases.

A full event ticket is available at the advance price of £25, which includes entry to all the panel, networking, and acoustic sessions, as well as all the evening showcases.

Alternatively, individual evening tickets are available at £7 per night.


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