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BIG, BIG thanks to EVERYONE who made #Louder2018 such a great weekend! Sponsors, supporters, volunteers and of course our contributors and audience members! What a blast! We canNOT wait to welcome the people who will make this years just as good. Watch this space!

If you are interested in contributing to Louder 2019, please email jilladam@louderthanwordsfest.com giving details of your work, preferred contact, suggestion of event and (as appropriate) your publisher.

David Toop

David Toop (born 1949) has been developing a practice that crosses boundaries of sound, listening,…

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Dr Simon A Morrison

Dr Simon A. Morrison is a writer and academic, currently working as Programme Leader for…

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John McCready

John McCready began writing as a news journalist in Liverpool and freelanced for NME from 1986.…

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Simon Frith

Sociologist Simon Frith is Emeritus Professor of Music at University of Edinburgh. In the 70s,…

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Mark Sinker

Mark Sinker wrote for NME in the 80s and edited The Wire in the 90s.…

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Simon Philo

Simon Philo teaches Popular Music in Society and American Studies at the University of Derby.  He is…

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Chris Salewicz

Chris Salewicz has documented popular culture for more than three decades, in print and on…

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The Lovely Eggs

The Lovely Eggs are an underground surreal-psych punk rock duo from northern England. They have…

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Steven Gill

Steven Gill lives, works and writes in Manchester and has spent 30 odd years gig-going…

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Amy Raphael

Amy Raphael was features editor of both The Face (in its original incarnation) and ELLE…

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Bob Follen

November 2019 marks Bob's 5th year of involvement amongst Louder, as Bob Art Models, the…

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Jonathan Barnbrook

Barnbrook Studio is one of the acclaimed graphic design studios in Britain – working on…

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Professor Malcolm Garrett

Professor Malcolm Garrett RDI FISTD With offices in London and Manchester, Malcolm Garrett is Creative…

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Professor Martin James

Martin is Professor of Creative and Cultural Industries at Solent University, Southampton and an internationally…

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Ralph Dartford

Ralph Dartford hails from Basildon in Essex, and now lives in West Yorkshire, having got…

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Rankin Roger Jnr

Matthew ‘Ranking Jnr’ Murphy, the son of Ranking Roger, shot to fame the release of ‘Boys…

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Rankin Roger

On 26 March 2019 Ranking Roger died at the age of 56. He had just…

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Rhoda Dakar

Rhoda Dakar began her musical career as lead vocalist with all female 2 Tone band,…

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Paul Hanley

Paul Hanley was the drummer in The Fall from 1980-85 and now plays with Brix…

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John Robb

John Robb is a many-faceted creature. Bassist and singer for post-punk mainstays The Membranes, author, journalist, DJ, publisher…

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Phil Savidge

Phill Savidge is widely credited as one of the main instigators of the Britpop movement…

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Daniel Rachel

Birmingham-born Daniel Rachel is a former musician and award-winning author whose previous works include: Isle…

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Jo Wood

JO WOOD’s career began as a fashion model in the 1970s. She met Rolling Stones…

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Eddie Piller

Eddie Piller was born into an east end mod family in the mid sixties (his…

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Steve Rowland

Designer, Curator, Broadcaster and Author Steve Rowland became hooked on subcultures as the Mod revival…

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Ken McNab

Ken McNab is a lifelong Beatles fan and well-respected journalist with Scotland's Evening Times. He…

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David Tregunna

David Tregunna, Director, IAP Fine Art, represented Gollon for 25 years and is curating the…

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Chris Gollon

Chris Gollon (b.1953, London – d. 2017), a friend of The Skids, enjoyed many solo…

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Matt Everitt

Matt Everitt is no stranger to the music business, signing a record deal in the…

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Dr Kenneth Womack

Dr. Kenneth Womack is Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social…

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Travis Elborough

Described by The Guardian as “one of the country’s finest pop culture historians’, Travis Elborough…

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Mike Roberts

Mike Roberts was born in Liverpool in 1960, studied Painting at Chelsea School of Art…

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Steve Lamacq

STEVE LAMACQ Despite being a man best known for his discovery and championing of new…

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Farran Golding

Farran Golding is a journalist from Wakefield, West Yorkshire whose work focuses on skateboarding culture…

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Craig Oldham

Craig Oldham has been named as one of the most influential designers working in the…

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Celeste Bell

Celeste Bell spent much of her childhood living on a Hare Krishna farm in the…

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Zoë Howe

Writer, artist and musician Zoë Howe is the author of acclaimed music biographies Dayglo: The…

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Thurston and Eva

Thurston Moore is founder of the New York rock band Sonic Youth. He has over…

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Marianne Dissard

Her own desert noir chanson plays effortlessly with contradictions: tender, yet abrasive; melodramatic, but vulnerable;…

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Cathi Unsworth

Cathi Unsworth has written six pop-cultural noir novels: That Old Black Magic, Without The Moon,…

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Jordan Mooney

Icon, muse, catalyst and the most recognisable face of punk, Jordan was described as ‘the…

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Daryl Easlea

DARYL EASLEA, is the co-editor of and contributor to The Supreme Record Company: The Story…

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Eamonn Forde

Eamonn Forde has been writing about all areas of the music business since 2001. He…

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Heath Common

Heath Common is a music journalist, songwriter (Hi4Head records), music publisher (H4H Music), broadcaster and…

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Simon Warner

Simon Warner is an author, journalist and broadcaster with a particular interest in Kerouac and…

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Wayne Hussey

Bristol born & bred, and passionate Liverpool FC supporter, Wayne Hussey, lauded by some as…

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Leslie Tate and Sue Hampton

Leslie Tate studied Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia and has been shortlisted…

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Jim Bob from CARTER USM

Between 1987 and 1997, Jim Bob rode a decade-long rollercoaster from the UK’s pub and…

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Lucy O’Brien

Lucy O'Brien is a writer/academic and broadcaster. She is author of She Bop: The Definitive…

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Graham Duff

Graham Duff is a prolific screenwriter who wrote all 53 episodes of BBC3’s ‘Ideal’, starring…

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Grace Maxwell

Grace Maxwell was born in Lanarkshire. She moved to London in 1980, where she met…

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Edwyn Collins

From a career spanning almost 40 years, here’s some of the highs and lows: In…

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Evil Blizzard

With in excess of 10,000+ record sales, countless sold out shows nationwide and a 4000…

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