In The City Showcases

Manilla PR Ltd have teamed up with one of Manchester's cutting edge venues and record shops to bring you the must see events at this years In The City Festival on Mon 6th Oct & Tues Oct 7th.

Featuring the ten most ground breaking acts on the Manilla PR roster, the showcase will be a six hour mosh fest of the brightest talent in the UK music scene right now at The Opus Manchester, plus acoustic daytime performers at the Vinyl Exchange record store. Headlining the event at Opus will be one of Domino Records most talked about artist of 2008, Laurel Collective. Described by Artrocker as 'like acid toothpaste on the sizzling teeth of self importance' the band stand on the edge of greatness with their next single 'International Love Affair'

Backing up the formidable headliners will be Nephu Huzzband. 'These gawky depressed underdogs are painfully brilliant', not our words the words of NME earlier this year about the bands last single Nurse! Nurse!, which found itself on the MTV2 playlist. The bands new single is released the same week as In The City. Bringing their cacophonous live set to the show will be Revere, who have been labelled by Mojo as ‘Beautifully unpredictable’. No new band line up would be complete without one incendiary device to tear down the walls, enter Guns On The Roof, as Big Cheese magazine put it, ‘the band are 'Bursting with youthful vigour, a fierce passion'. Local support comes in the form of Smith 6079, who's breathtaking live show is guaranteed to leave the most hardened gig-goer open mouthed. Tiny Spark also bring their huge sound to the stage, which has been described as 'an overall sound that's bordering on epic anthemic', their EP Alaska is already receiving radio support. To provide the link between acoustic and indie will be The Modern Clichés, who's latest review described them as ' beautifully understated, light jazzy undercurrents meets soft rockin' finesse.'

Acoustic performances will be provided by Lana, who's new single 'Don't Call Me Baby' has already received Single of the Week status on BBC London. Opening the show will be the stunning voice of Lizzyspit, her debut album Eggbox is already attracting attention and last single received Radio 2 playlist support from the legendary Steve Lamacq and moved one critic to say 'This girls got some soul. Add to this some charm, wit and a tug on your heartstrings'. Opening the show will be the stunning solo singer vocal of Karim Fanous, who was named Songwriter of the Year at the Glasswerk awards twelve months ago.

A resident DJ will provide an eclectic mix of sound from Indie to dance. Doors open at 4pm to one of the most talked about new venues in Manchester, Opus represents the next generation in entertainment. Incorporating 3 bars, 2 club rooms offering entertainment ranging from the best in stand up comedy and music to live bands, percussionists and all major sporting events. The focus is on delivering exceptional experiences within exciting, vibrant and sophisticated surroundings.

The showcase promises to be THE gig to be at over the four day festival.

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