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:
Whilst there are many festivals about that offer a chance to see the best in new talent, there can be few that do so on the scale and with the scope of In The City. But whilst there are bands on In The City’s roster that will be in desperate need of a boost in reputation from the various ‘industry professionals’ that turn up to survey this year’s crop, Hugo Manuel is almost certainly not one of them. Working under the name Chad Valley, he has already had enough hype to last a lifetime, having had his praises sung by Vice, Pitchfork, The Guardian and pretty much every on-the-ball blog on the internet.
Among his many influences he lists ‘Ibiza’, and whilst the whole big Balearic beats movement has undoubtedly taken root amongst the hipster musicians of today, none have mimicked the blissed out style that the island has given to the world. The music ploughs a glorious lone furrow close to Neon Indian glow and Hot Chip’s electropop – wonderfully exploiting the grey area between the two to glorious effect. It’s tropical and sunbleached, two words not normally associated with an Oxford native – but there are probably few Oxfordians who spend their free time making remixes of Mariah Carey for fun, too.