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Nine Nights curate music artists creating legacies for a panel talk in Manchester

Nine Nights

Nine Nights is a Black-owned music, art and creative education initiative that emerged in May 2020 to counter the systemic racial inequalities of the global music industry by exploring new modes of artistic empowerment. Founded in response to the persistent undervaluing of Black people, Nine Nights responds to the growing protest movement, and the current pandemic’s impact on nightlife and live music.

Nine Nights platforms Black underground artist talent, educates across music disciplines and music business and raises money for Black focused charities.

Nine Nights Panel Discussion

For this discussion, we will see music artists creating legacies grace the stage for a panel talk exploring the importance of community in music today and asking whether a small music ecosystem can affect large-scale culture change. 

The panel includes Lady Ice, Kay Wrate of Warp Publishing, Abnormal Sleepz and Layfull Stop 

Nine Nights Daytime Workshop

On the 29th of October, Nine Nights will take over Contact for one day of music skills sharing with key talents from Manchester providing music workshops – production and songwriting – plus a music feedback session by industry experts and networking for free. 

Industry experts attending the music feedback session include GaikaGLOR1A and Shannen SP

If you are a keen music creator, live in Manchester and are interested to develop your career to the next level please apply for this full-day workshop for music makers to meet industry professionals, gain valuable music insight and feedback and learn from cultural trailblazers.

To apply, please head to this link


Gaika Tavares is an auteur from South London. He released his debut album Basic Volume on Warp Records, 2018. He has worked on scores for film and TV, including Noughts + Crosses, 2020, and films Share and Sprinter, 2019. He writes fiction and has participated in exhibitions at Pace Gallery and Strange Edition Gallery.

GLOR1A is a boundary-defying artist exploring Black futurism and sci-fi through emotive music, technological art and live performances. In 2021 she released her second EP METAL, introducing GLOR1A’s alter ego, GLOR1A 2.0. She has recently exhibited at The Rele Gallery, Lagos, and Somerset House × MUTEK, London, and in 2022 will exhibit at FACT, Liverpool.

Shannen SP is a London-based multidisciplinary artist, DJ and curator. She has worked with UK labels Hyperdub Records and NTS Records, and is the co-curator of Ø at Corsica Studios, the experimental event series that meshes music, art, technology and performance. Her musical focus lies in the experimental sounds coming out of global diasporas and the African continent, reflected in her recent collaboration with NTS Records on Amapiano now.


If you have any access needs to attend Nine Nights that you want to discuss with us please call the box office Monday to Friday between 10-5pm on 0161 274 0600.

Alternatively, you can email the box office at, or get in touch via direct message on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram (@contactmcr on all three platforms)


Supported by Arts Council England. 

Black Gold Arts and Contact have come together during Black History Month to deliver a line-up of outstanding Black-led art, performance and film, all supported and commissioned by the two organisations. Nine Nights is just one of our free events in Manchester.  


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  • Price
  • Venue

    Contact MCR, Oxford Road

  • Ages
  • Running
    Workshop 10am - 5pm, panel discussion begins 7pm. Both are booked seperately.
Date Time & Place
Friday 29 October 7:00pm
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