The Mansun Convention will take place next weekend (Saturday August 23rd 2014) in Chester and will celebrate the legacy of Mansun, once hailed as the most thrilling live rock band in the country, who’s number one debut album ‘Attack of the Grey Lantern’ was followed by the innovative ‘Six’, and who still have an incredibly dedicated fan base despite the band’s split over ten years ago. Over 500 fans from across the globe will be attending the event, which will be held in the band’s hometown of Chester, at The Live Rooms; the city’s newest and largest independent live music and club venue.
Several special guests have been invited to speak at the event, including The Guardian’s Paul Lester and former EMI commissioner Matt Davey, who will be introducing the first play of a Paul Draper solo track. The itinerary will also include Q & A sessions discussing the band, displays of the bands instruments, never before seen photographs of the band from the EMI archive, live music, unseen archive video footage and the first airing of unreleased tracks from the sessions for the number 1 album Attack of the Grey Lantern.
The full itinerary for the convention can be read here http://ymlp.com/zNrjmJ.
‘Ronnie Stone, the bands studio engineer has kept all of the daily sessions from the recording of Mansun’s debut album and will be selecting some highlights and rarities from the hours of audio he has, to play exclusively for attendees of the fan Convention. About the tracks he says “I think hearing the fun element in these earlier sessions is important. I remember taking some tapes in to play EMI and they were astonished at what they described as ‘6 tracks and 5 hit singles in one session.”
Convention organiser Andy Lyth says “this is an incredible discovery for Mansun fans – listening to this will change the way fans enjoy Attack of the Grey Lantern. We’re all looking forward to hearing Ronnie’s stories about recording such a seminal album”.
Many renowned musicians have contributed to the event including Ryan Needham (Menace Beach), James Brown (Pulled Apart By Horses) & Dev Hynes (Blood Orange) and the event programme features content from respected music journalists discussing their appreciation of the band including NME’s Mark Beaumont and Damien Jonez, Paul Lester of The Guardian, Simon Price, John Robb, Tom Pinnock and more.
The convention will also be raising money for CLIC Sargent http://www.clicsargent.org.uk supporting children with cancer, as many items of personal band memorabilia have been donated by members of Mansun which will be auctioned off in support of the charity.