Friday, 3 October 2008

In The City 2008

I'm no sanctimonious schmuck. But clearly I am a sell out. Last post's criticism of The Warehouse Project still stands but after receiving free tickets for tonight's project we're not gonna pass up the chance to fight our way through the once-a-year-e-takers to see Late Of The Pier. N.B. At the drop of most hats (not beanies) we will betray any cause for personal advancement.

Saturday's Eat Your Own Ears curated shindig marks the official start of Manchester's annual international A&R circus, In The City, which runs till the 7th. Founded in 1992, the conference has morphed into somewhat of a mini juggernaut of a music industry shmoozing money maker rather than the cultural beacon Tony Wilson envisaged.

Unhappy with the level of corporate cock worming its way into the festival and the conference's failure to engage with independent music in Manchester in recent years, a micro rival not-for-profit conference has sprung up this year. With the admirable aim of promoting and discussing the more DIY, independent, grass roots level of the music industry in Manchester and beyond, UN/COVENTION is taking place in Salford Trinity Church over the same dates. Oh and there are pies available.

Pick of the festivities is undoubtedly the Drowned In Sound showcase which features the brilliant, yet increasingly irksome, These New Puritans and everyone's favourite new post-punkers O Children amongst others on Tuesday 7 October at Night & Day. Get down there, but if you can't, we'll let you know if Jack Barnett really does play a child's guitar.

Late Of The Pier - 'Mad dogs and Englishmen'.mp3

Words: SS

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