Back in 1992, Factory Records boss and broadcaster Tony Wilson and wife Yvette Livesey co-founded In The City, charged with the aim of celebrating Manchester's musical heritage, whilst at the same time engaging earnest debate between various honchos from both sides of the Atlantic. Add in a huge line-up of local and international acts for a full weekend's action and you have a winning formula.
In The City 2010 will take place from 13th - 15th October and will feature over 200 bands and over 50 speakers and panellists, though not all together on the same stage! By day, music industry luminaries gather and thrash out subjects such as "What IS The O2?", "21st Century Ticketing" and "The House That Dub Built" (the latter discussing just where, if anywhere, is dubstep going. I can answer that - the bloody mainstream). But by night, the artists come out to play...
For a wristband ticket costing £29, you can have access to all of the performances throughout the three days (day tickets are £16). Featured acts this year include Pulled Apart By Horses, Mount Kimbie, O. Children, Egyptian Hip Hop, Chiddy Bang, Crystal Fighters plus many more. Gigs will take place across several Manchester venues.
One such venue is Moho Live which hosts the Kerrang Relentless Live evening (an official In The City gig) on the Wednesday (13th). Starring metalcore specialists Architects, Futures and Deaf Havana, tickets are available separately for £9 (plus fees).
We'll keep you posted with any more In the City additions as they are announced.