Between the 13th – 15th of October, Manchester plays host to the annual In the City festival. This year, it’s relocating to the Northern Quarter, and looks set to play host to the most exciting line-up in years, giving both the industry professionals and the normal gig goers a chance to get involved with it’s unique mix of exciting concerts and engaging keynote speakers. Wristbands are currently priced at £29, which gets you access to some of the best shows the city will see this year. If you’re not quite sure who to see yet, here’s some help:
If you’ve been to a hastily arranged gig in a basement or any awkward low-level shows in Manchester this year, it’s likely that you’ve already come across Edwin Stevens in one of his many forms. A local prodigy, he’s been racking up followers and hyperbolic reviews with a number of different outfits, the most recognisable of which are probably Klaus Kinski, Irma Vep and Zweiters. In The City plays host to another one of his creative outlets, teaming up with two other slackers to make excitable music for lazy people with Dinner Party.
hacking at the remains of the rock and roll dream, the trio make what could best be described as a racket – a description that they would probably revel in. Their songs rattle around, filled with reverb and distorted vocals, skimping on recording quality whilst delivering tracks that could almost certainly be said to be ‘jams’. It’s not dark, though far from breezy – it’s a gritty, malnourished noise that never borders on the grim, carrying with it a kind of can-do attitude that the working classes are meant to embody, even if it’s only middle class people that make this kind of music. The people behind tastemaking label Captured Tracks are fans enough to have asked the band to make an album, which will almost certainly be essential listening – just like anything else Stevens lays his hands on.
Dinner Party – War (I wish I was there)