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In The City 2004 - Friday
(Dear Eskiimo, The Deers, Lisa Brown)
In The City 2004 - Saturday
(Ivory, Dirtburg, Lord Bishop Rocks etc)
In The City 2004 - Sunday
(Nizlopi, Tat, Fear Of Music, Rob McCulloch etc)
In The City 2004 - Monday
(The Rag Dolls, Marble Index, Weapons Of Mass Belief etc)


In The City Unsigned 2003 didn't bring any Darkness style success stories, but never the less it showcased a plethora of talent of which several artists are starting breaking through in the months following the event itself. Sometimes its all too easy to expect success stories like the Darkness every year from In The City without thinking that the Darkness were together for 4 years before they truly broke through. Similarly a band like the Crimea who were selected for ITC Unsigned in 2002, and shortlisted by Designer Magazine as one of the bands to look out for, only just recently signed a world-wide may have took 2 years but that deal happened to be with Warner Records so expect big things from them in the next 12 months

So what's happened to those bands we tipped and covered at ITC Unsigned 2003? Perhaps the biggest breakthrough was that of Countess Zapak and The Bourgeoisie who we stumbled on by mistake and immediately rushed over to interview at the end of an anarchic pint spilling sexed up set of C**t Rock. While the Countess seems to be MIA the band included none other than Tim Arnold who has been featured in every publication from the NME to the Times for going through Dot Cottons Rehab program that Pete Doherty of the Libertines recently abandoned, the details of which are very boring and we much preferred his statements like "you think it's all ok now and Feminism the war's been won. It hasn't" and "Nike get you to buy the product and advertise it at the same time. I think it's disgusting. It's like pedophilia!!!"

Elsewhere Youth Movie Soundtrack Strategies are just about to release a mini-album on Fierce Panda to universal rave reviews, Sara Lowes is about to release a single independently though Simon Webbe of Blue fame's label Love 4 Music and 28 Costumes recently got picked by music industry publication Record Of The Day as their selection of the day. Interestingly a number of the bands we featured in the "Best Of The Bands that didn't get picked for ITC Unsigned...but should have" have attracted industry attention. Noisecandy, who recently changed their name to The Noise, have had A&R staff from BMG and major labels travelling to Wales to rehearsals and We Start Fires decided to release their debut album independently.

Check last years In The City coverage at


The organizers at In The City have extended their deadlines for ITC Unsigned till July 2004, which is as lucky for us as it is for you cos it's crept up on us like a Peter Andre revival.

Send your 3-track demo, biog and photo to:

ITC Unsigned 2004,
8 Brewery Yard,
Deva Centre,
Trinity Way,
Salford M3 7BB.

In The City 2004 takes place at Sept 18th-21st in Manchester with a base at the Radisson Edwardian Free Trade Hall. The venues for the Unsigned showcases are yet to be confirmed but we're kinda hoping it will be based around the Northern Quarter again.


You can find application details for In The City Unsigned 2004 above or on the official website by clicking here. This year were also asking any band who sends a demo into ITC Unsigned to send one over to Designer Magazine as well for inclusion in a preview feature nearer the time of the event. As well as highlighting the best of the event itself we'll also be including the best of the bands that didn't make it so it's well worth the postage: Send all demo's and press packs to

ITC Unsigned 2004 / Designer Magazine
C/o Designer Magazine
8 Northway
WA14 1NN

You can contact Designer Magazine Editor Alex McCann by email at but please don't ask us to check MP3's as we don't have time. Send all material including biogs / pics and CDs by mail along with contact details so we can contact you.


In The City takes place in Manchester between 18-21st September
For full details visit the official website

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