In The City music conference cancelled

In The City – the Manchester-based music conference – has been cancelled this year.

The conference, which was started in 1992 by Tony Wilson and Yvette Livesey, was the first of the many British conferences that now dominate the UK music business calendar.

Rumored to be because of lack of funding, organizer Yvette says it’s because she is taking time out to start a family.

The conference which was started as a UK version of the American New Music Seminar has been the platform for many new bands breaking out over the years from Placebo to Oasis (although Oasis were roundly ignored when they played there- I know I was at the gig),

Over the years the In The City model has been copied by Great Escape in Brighton and Sound City in Liverpool and by a whole raft of mini conferences across the UK.

ITC is currently due to return in 2012 for its 20th anniversary.

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


  1. I heard they didn’t pay a lot of people last year (including some people I know) it’s a shame they didn’t make it to 20 years but other models are doing a great job of it.

  2. Shocked last years conference was amazing ,i hope it does return its an important platform for new music


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