My music industry conference calendar highlight of the year is rapidly approaching. It’s a small, affordable, independent and DIY music conference and mini-festival held in Salford. Follow the link below for a 15% discount.

Un-Convention 2009 is a not for profit grassroots led music conference for DIY and Independent music makers and companies. Born in Manchester in 2008 as an alternative to the more mainstream In The City event, it has already inspired Un-Conventions in Belfast and Swansea and future events in Glasgow, London, Barcelona and Reykjavík. This year’s UK national event in Salford will have a range of key musicians, bands and industry personnel in attendance.

This year’s panelists include Marin Elbourne (Glastonbury), Crispin Parry (British Underground), Andrew Dubber (New Music Strategies – that would be me then), Al Farquhar (Modern Art Management), Peter Hook (New Order), Liam Frost, Ashley Beedle (X-Press2), Jo Good (XFM/MTV), Simon Aldridge (BMI) and John Robb – plus many, many more.

In addition to panels and workshops Un-Convention presents the best new live talent, across genres, from all over the country. Un-Convention is not an industry showcase – more a celebration of talent below the mass media radar. Artists will perform during daytime acoustic sessions and over three nights of gigs.

Un-Convention 2009 bands include: I Am Kloot, Everything Everything, Kyte, The Loose Salute, Magic Arm, Kasms, Arthur Delaney, Gallops, Sisters of Transistors, The Tombots, Arch Nazards, Fangs, Jamie Finlay, Withered Hand, Louis Barabbas and the Bedlam 6, John Smith, Jake Flowers, Jesca Hoop + Lil’Fee (The Whip) DJ Set.

There will also be BBQs in the graveyard on Friday and Saturday served by Wild At Heart. I also hear there may be cake.

Tickets start at just £7.50. To book, visit the Eventbrite page and enter this code: UNCON019283 (valid until Friday 29th May, 2009).

Look forward to seeing you there.