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photograph of Debt Records

Record Label Showcase at Central Library

  • 14 May 2015 5:30-7:30pm

Independent label Debt Records shatters the silence of the library with a one-off recording session… and everyone is invited.

The beautiful Henry Watson Music Room will be converted into an informal studio space where people can watch (and contribute to) the recording of a specially commissioned song written by Louis Barabbas and Felix Hagan, arranged and performed on the day by members of the label roster plus special guests.

Attendees will see how a modern record is put together - from set-up and orchestration to tracking and post-production - all in the space of two hours. Label staff will also be on hand to answer questions for anyone interested in the music industry.

All ages are welcome: either come for the full session or just drop in (and out) whenever it suits you. The completed song will be available free to all attendees at the end of the day.

Islington Mill has always be known for housing a diverse array of visuals artists working within a variety of mediums. However recently there is a strengthening number of record labels emerging from Islington Mill, all with diverse and interesting artists on their rosta.

As part of Manchester after hours, Islington Mill will be taking over Manchester Central Library's performance space with an aim to showcase all the record labels that are based at the Mill. The showcasing labels will include Gizeh Records, Little Red Rabbit Records, Tombed Visions, Sacred Tapes, Samarbeta, Tesla Tapes, Ono, Cusps and Moderate Twat Kissa. The artists on these labels span from local musicians such as Negra Branca (ONOTesla), to National musicians, Joseph Lawrence Quimby Jr (Tombed Visions), to Internationally renowned artists such as Farewell Poetry (Gizeh Records).

Live performances from three artists across the labels will happen in the performance space accompanied by live visuals from an Islington Mill based artist.

Following the event at the library there will be an after party at Islington Mill with more live sets from label artists. Although this programme for Manchester After hours will be heavily focused on presenting these record labels, there will also be an exhibition of current work by Islington Mill artists showing off the variable talent all housed under Islington Mill’s broken roof.

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  • Family friendly


Manchester Central Library
Central Library
St Peter's Square
Greater Manchester
M2 5PD


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