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No ‘In The City’ for 2011

The 20th In The City festival has been pushed back a year

Written by . Published on June 2nd 2011.


No ‘In The City’ for 2011

IN The City festival will not be returning in 2011. But before you go into a D:Percussion-like depression, it’s not the end. More a new beginning.

"We feel we need to give it credit for the 20th anniversary and unfortunately the city doesn’t have much money this year. By aiming for 2012 it gives us a full year to plan a standalone festival once again."

What will be the 20th In The City, at selected venues in the Northern Quarter and Piccadilly, will now take place in 2012 and aims to be bigger and better than ever.

Yvette Livesey, In The City organiser, said: “We had a fantastic year last year. The next In The City will be the 20th anniversary so we’ve decided to wait and do it next year.

“We’re aiming to build on the success of 2010 – especially on the live music side. Live was more visible than ever last year.  And the wristband idea also worked well, as did the daytime hive.”

5096625675_c52e66863e_b.jpgLast year’s festival saw influential names such as Nick Raphael (MD of Epic Records) and Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) speaking to In The City delegates. In The City also upped its game when it came to organising gigs too.

Tristan Welch reported back for Confidential last year: “They're properly geared up for live performances too (rather than just a bar with a stage shoehorned in like a couple of places in 2009); the new website and iPhone app making discovering and tracking bands a dream and the sessions seem to be well-staggered, meaning I could catch a massive nine bands in one evening. The £29 wristband turned out to be a brilliant deal.”

Artists and bands featured included Sophie-Rose, Chad Valley, D/R/U/G/S, Danny Mahon, Japanese Voyeurs, Skepta, Dutch Uncles and Mammal Club to name but a few.

Both Lily Allen and Will Young were also rumoured to have been band hopping in and around the Northern Quarter. Overall, the three days were deemed a resounding success, of which it took time, manpower and money to facilitate, as Yvette concluded.

 “We feel we need to give it credit for the 20th anniversary and unfortunately the city doesn’t have much money this year. We are a small team that grows as we put the event together. By aiming for 2012 it gives us a full year to plan a standalone festival once again.  We’re putting a team together as we speak.”

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