In The City returned to Manchester’s Northern Quarter, bringing with it a myriad of new music. In The Castle, local singer-songwriter Christopher Eatough opened the night.
Round the corner, it was the quirky charm of Ruth Theodore that started the BBC Introducing night at Band On The Wall off with fine style.
Just off Stevenson Square, in Soup Kitchen, proceedings opened in a true rock 'n' roll style with a throwabout set from Sissy and The Blisters.
Down Oldham Street, Night and Day had Brighton three piece Brontide, who have been described as "mathy and marvellous" by music website, Drowned In Sound.
Just next door, there was that rare In The City phenomenom, a debut show – this one was from dark, brooding popsters, Carla Fake.
Back at The Castle, another local act, the blistering Young British Artists, were on stage, playing to a rugby scrum of a room as people pushed in to catch them.
In the equally snug confines of Soup Kitchen, Fanzine smashed together their love of heavy metal and pop to great effect.
With more room but no less passion, Seerauber Jenny were second on at the BBC Introducing night at Band On The Wall, swelling the crowd with their powerful pop-indie.
Sweeping back round to another corner of the Northern Quarter, D/R/U/G/S showed why so many people had been looking forward to their performance by proving that, at 8.40pm, it is never too early to party.
Back to Night and Day and the arrival of London trio, Male Bonding, who were out to prove that they could live up to the hype surrounding them.
At the BBC Introducing show at Band On The Wall, it was the turn of enigmatic soundscapers The Steals to bring their enormous sound to the night.
Over on Newton Street, the much vaunted Fiction, aimed to supply a show worthy of their status as a 'buzz' band at Umbro Design Studio.
Returning to Night and Day, No Age had a delayed start, but managed to satisfy a packed venue.
Moho Live saw an equally busy room for Architects, who blurred the boundary between band and audience with a punchy performance.
Closing the night off at the top of Oldham Street in The Castle were Sophie's Pigeons, who threw everything they had at the headline slot and left the audience grinning.
Back on Newton Street, the impressive Chiddy Bang thrilled the assembled at the Roadhouse. The shows on day one of In The City took place around the Northern Quarter on Wednesday 13 October.