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Thursday at In The City 2010

For this year's In The City, five Manchester music writers come together to give an overview of the event. This was their Thursday:

Chris Long
Chris Long
Producer, BBC Introducing in Manchester

D/R/U/G/S at In The City
D/R/U/G/S at In The City

A Hive panel (ITC's new younger-facing arm) gave me the chance to put songwriters who'd never met together to write a song in an afternoon for Northern Song Collective .

By the evening, four great tunes were crafted, a testament to the unsigned talent out there.

Onto the showcases, where D/R/U/G/S reigned as top 'buzz' band with an excellent show, while worriedaboutsatan , From The Kites of San Quentin and Chad Valley (viewed through a window thanks to a full venue) showed the finery mesmeric electronica has coming through.

Elsewhere, Flood Of Red punched out a set at Night and Day ahead of Pulled Apart By Horses , who were power and bedlam finely distilled, while Crystal Fighters were equally punishing next door at Dry Live and Oberhofer jangled jaggedly at Noho.

And hats off to Shoshin , who guerrilla-gigged all night outside Pop Boutique and attracted many a passer-by, including Steve Lamacq.

Tip of the day: Pulled Apart By Horses

Molly Jones
Molly Jones
Writer, The Fly / Manchester blogger, The Unsigned Guide

Steve Lamacq's Roundtable at the City Inn
Steve Lamacq's Roundtable at the City Inn

My day two starts off great and then slides right down the scale to rubbish.

Guy Garvey assures us that the new Elbow album is nearly done and John Robb shows off his killer dance moves during Steve Lamacq's 6 music roundtable.

The glossy loveliness of LA's Kisses ' first ever UK gig sends them straight to the top of my favourites list.

Fixers carry off Beach Boys meets Kings of Leon with aplomb and Oberhofer 's perky indie is nicely infectious, but Frontiers , Stricken City and Lissi Dancefloor Disaster all let me down; I spend Sky Larkin 's set wishing I'd gone to see Crystal Fighters instead.

'Buzz' band Mount Kimbie are late; I only catch five minutes of their pulsing beats before heading off to Egyptian Hip Hop , who it turns out are running REALLY late.

I'm tired - enough now; got to save a bit of energy for tomorrow, right?

Tip of the day: Kisses

Joe Sparrow
Joe Sparrow
Editor, A New Band A Day

Thomas J Speight at Soup Kitchen
Thomas J Speight at Soup Kitchen

The sophomore day bristled with collective happiness - last night, In The City truly found its feet. The streets teemed with cheerful gig-goers, all basking in the realisation that virtually any gig they poked their heads into would be a good one.

Lissi Dancefloor Disaster , direct from Sweden, wholly encapsulated this ethos in one unrestrained and crazed performance to a dozen bewildered punters at Dry Live.

It was an OCD/ADHD/MDMA-blur of gauche colours, kittens and tunes that sounded like the most deliciously hook-laden pop songs that The Knife never made.

Elsewhere, Kisses were - indeed - soft, tender and dreamy, while Thomas J Speight 's backing band just looked happy to be joining in the fun.

Walls rubbished the fad for instant gratification, producing a crafty, coiling set which, combined with blissful visuals, drew murmurs of satisfaction from an audience that drifted home on a technicolour fog of stupefied pleasure.

Tip of the day: Lissi Dancefloor Disaster

Miz DeShannon
Miz DeShannon
Reviewer, Skiddle / Blogger

Aaron Wright & The Aprils at Umbro Design Studio
Aaron Wright & The Aprils at Umbro Design Studio

After sessions at The Hive going down a storm with the student arm of the delegates, Day two of ITC was dance and costume day in places, with producer-led sets from D/R/U/G/S - with amazing visuals - and Mount Kimbie at Band On The Wall, dressing up by Polish indie band The Car Is On Fire at Noho and Lady Gaga-styling from Jodie Aysha at The Castle.

Catherine AD at The Ruby Lounge seemed like an upper-class Kate Nash, whilst Oberhofer at Noho and Mammal Club at The Castle provided yet more ever-popular Telecaster indie sounds.

Aaron Wright & The Aprils at Umbro Design Studio was a bit too Kooks-y, Dinner Party at An Outlet didn't hurt my ears or eyes, Exlovers at Gullivers went along the lines of low-fi pop with nice female vocals, and Danny Mahon went to town with a full band turn-out to support his melancholic Manc tales at Moho Live.

Tip of the day: Dinner Party

Danni Skerritt
Danni Skerritt
Editor, Quenched Unsigned

Japanese Voyeurs at Night and Day
Japanese Voyeurs at Night and Day

Thursday started off more laid back, as I attended the 'Brands and Bands' panel, put on by Northern Soho's Sarah Cheal. The panel was insightful, yet not as stuffy as you may think - it could have been.

It was also great to hear some words from In The City COO Philip Coen himself about the coming issues now there is more emphasis on the private sector.

After this education, I was drawn to the Rocksound showcase at Night and Day, where I heard roaring guitars and some raging strumming, which did not disappoint among all the bands.

The one that made me mosh away the most was the rapturous quintet Japanese Voyeurs , who were well worth the wait.

Tip of the day: Japanese Voyeurs




SEE ALSO
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