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Huw Stephens Huw Stephens | 17:35 UK time, Thursday, 16 October 2008

In the City 2008 was everything it always is and more. Fun, busy, lots of musical talent, interesting seminars with newcomers and legends, and all soaking in the unique atmosphere of Manchester. I got to see a lot of brilliant bands over the three days;

On Sunday it wasa pleasant mix of Isoceles, The Rise and Fall of the Rockets, the rather brilliant Edgar Prais, the elctro indie of Fenech Soler and the majestic tweak of Detroit Social Club. After Eugene McGuinnes won over yet another crowd, Little Boots was great with her dancefloor filling pop.

Monday I caught a bit of the electro assault of Friends Electric and Brighton's shimmering Stars and Sons who I like a lot. Catching Rob da Bank fave Mickey P Kerr at Moho's was a pleasant surprise. He's a one man beat poet with an acoustic guitar and hip hop influences and is just so enteratining live. Young British Artists were good with an old mic and staccato guitar. A lot of folks were talking about Jesse Rose Trip who was intersting with a smooth vocal and quirky off kilter jazz. Baddies were banging to finish the night off.

Tuesday nigth we had the BBC Introducing night at the Deaf Institute, a wonderful venue with character, ace sound and three floors to devour.
It's a Buffalo played mellow bouncy Manc pop of the highest order, perfectly at home on the Akoustik Anarky label.
Someone was sick on a chair. The cue to get in was massive.

Newcastle's Little Comets had the audacity to start with One Night in October! The Anthem! But their whole set was magical - what a band. There were mellower moments to their set too.
Kingston's Tubelord with their grungy organised chaos sounded excellent.

Headliners Twisted Wheel kicked it off. Best quote was 'This venues lovely - wreck it' said with a big grin, and all the three minute Oldham-anthems were excellent; a band who know where they're going and the current Oasis support slots suits them perfectly. One year on from seeing them at ITC 07, it was great to have them play the night.

For more on the bands go to the BBC Introducing website.

That's just the tip of the iceburg lettuce of course; there'll be more demos and discoveries on the show over the coming weeks.


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