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ITC06 :: GAMBLING TIME
29 October 2006 / 235LIVE / Manchester
:: Hannah Kitchen :: Karima Francis ::
The surprisingly intimate venue is nestled in the abyss of the casino

ITC 06 :: LOVE PEOPLE
29 October 2006 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: People Of Santiago ::
It’s churlish not to admit that it’s almost a delight

ITC06 : INTO THE FRAY
28 October 2006 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: The Courteeners ::
Fray almost inspires an impromptu riot mid-set

ITC06: OAP LOVE
28 October 2006 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Dead! Dead! Dead! :: The Lucida Console :: Otra Mano :: Lyons and Tigers ::
Songs such as ‘OAP Love’ and ‘My pants Are Too Tight’ are set to a funky Harmar Superstar-esque sound,

ITC06 : GREEN IS THE COLOUR
28 October 2006 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: Gideon Conn :: Denis Jones ::
Highlight of the day though has to be Conn’s mesmerising cover of Outkast’s ‘Miss Jackson’

BLUES Vs REDS
30 October 2006 / Warrington Collegiate Institute / Warrington
:: RedMojo ::
A tightness and adventure that Middlesborough would sell their red shirts for

SHARPEN UP THE KNIVES
27 October 2006 / The Academy (University Guild Building) / Liverpool
:: Fortune Drive :: The Grates :: The Young Knives ::
Grabs life by the scruff of the neck and playfully dances around with it

TURN TOWARDS THIS TIME
27 October 2006 / Wembley Arena / London
:: Maximo Park :: New Order ::
The thought of Joy Division playing Wembley Arena is an almost disorientating one, but tonight we get a glimpse of how they would've adapted to it.

WHAT'S THE BIG IDEA?
26 October 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Orson ::
Using parts stolen from NASA, Johnny Lonely’s Bass lines create floor shuddering effects

BIRD UP
22 October 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Guillemots ::
Two random hooded things wearing terrifying pointy beaks start flapping about doing semi-Egyptian dances onstage, then vanish

ITC06: FICTIONAL FINISH
31 October 2006 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: Black Fiction :: This Is Pop ::
The bars are closing and the delegates have pretty much all gone home, but in our favourite cellar three young Parisians delight us with a final shot of scuzzy electropop.

ITC06: ALTERNATIVE TV
31 October 2006 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: Palo Alto :: Otra Mano ::
All those suits who were probably discussing the future of how we experience music over cosy canapes back at the Midland should be down here watching it in action.

ITC06: NOT UNIMPORTANT
31 October 2006 / Baby Grand / Manchester
:: A Woman Of No Importance ::
This band are unlikely to ever trash a hotel room or fuck Kate Moss, but they have timelessly gorgeous tunes which could soundtrack lives. That's got to be more important.

ITC06: SHINING LIGHTS IN A DIMLY LIT CELLAR
31 October 2006 / The Bay Horse / Manchester
:: Paperwives :: Nomad Jones :: George Borowski ::
The ITC event book page turning is finally reaching a close, so it’s time to take a visit down to the basement of the Bay Horse for a few last shots of quality acoustic music.

MR. NICE AND MR. SPECIAL
26 October 2006 / The Ritz / Manchester
:: Duke Special :: The Divine Comedy ::
I've just spent 90 minutes at the front of a gig and barely even broken a sweat. Enjoyable? Yeah, for the most part... but maybe just a bit too nice.

ITC06: MM VS THE WOMBATS FROM MARS.
30 October 2006 / One Central Street / Manchester
:: The Wombats :: From Mars ::
The Marsupial loving Liverpudlians soon launch into a catalogue of bouncing, exciting tunes in a heavy set driven by wit, energy and brilliant melodies.

ITC06: BACK ON HOME TERRITORY
30 October 2006 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: Comanechi :: Hard Luck Child :: iDresden :: Duty Now ::
Down a side street just minutes from the official events, the FictionNonFiction alternative festival throws up yet more excellent stuff. We just wish all temples for music were like this.

ITC06: AN EARLY EVENING WALKABOUT
30 October 2006 / Walkabout / Manchester
:: Fell City Girl :: Pull Tiger Tail ::
The only concern is that at times Pull Tiger Tail sound like a band still in the development stages - and that with all the press attention they've been getting may well crash and burn before they've even had chance to find their feet.

ITC06: RISING STARS FROM THE RISING SUN
30 October 2006 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Kouzui :: Siberian Newspaper :: The Rodeo Carburettor ::
Three very different bands linked only by their country of origin - and not a kitsch toy rucksack in sight. Welcome to the diverse world of Japanese contemporary music.

ITC06: ACOUSTIC BREAKFAST 2
30 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Lucy & The Caterpillar :: Rachael Kichenside :: Ryna :: Paperwives :: Emma Black ::
Barely twelve hours after leaving there last night it's back to Night & Day where Day Four (or Day Two according to the official listings) opens with some of the finest local acoustic talent and a great big fry-up. What better way to start the day?

ITC06: DRY PILES THEM HIGH
29 October 2006 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Haven :: Politburo :: International Trust :: Speed Circus :: Hey Gravity :: The River :: Go Faster :: Champion Kickboxer :: The Romance ::
Dry Bar's throw-on-as-many-bands-as-you-can-stuff-in mini festival continues, with returns for longtime MM faves Politburo and next-big-thing-circa-2000 Haven - and the typical mixed bag supporting cast.

ITC06: THE HISTORY OF INDIE MEETS THE FUTURE OF ELECTROPOP
28 October 2006 / The Garden Hotel / Manchester
:: Morton Valence :: The Nightingales :: Julian Gaskell & His Ragged Trousered Philanthropists ::
It wouldn't be In The City without a visit to Akoustik Anarkhy, and whilst tonight's session is less full than expected it's a glorious mess of post-punk-indie (the real thing) and electropop heaven.

ITC06: THREE FEET HIGH AND RISING PARTY
28 October 2006 / The Warehouse Project / Manchester
:: De La Soul :: Broke n' £nglish :: Jehst :: C2C ::
....celebrating the fertile acid house-inspired era of the late 80s and the legendary warehouse parties those of us too young to remember are constantly being told about by older, hipper souls who probably weren't even there.

ITC06: THE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (BUT THAT'S ALL)
28 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Winterkids :: Our Fold ::
They look like they’ve been blasted through the stockroom of TopShop/Man and straight onto stage – they could be so much better.

ITC06: SATAN WELCOMES THE REVEREND
28 October 2006 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Reverend Coyote ::
With a twang and a whammy the band flit from Sci-Fi fifties head shakes to full on guitar rasps.

ITC06: AND LATER THAT AFTERNOON...
28 October 2006 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: Isobel Heyworth :: Ian Britt :: Stuart Avery ::
Green Bohemia's acoustic all-dayer continues. Shame about the people who've decided this is a good place for a loud afternoon chat...

ITC06: iLiKENiGHTANDDAY
29 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Seafood :: I Like Trains :: The Hot Puppies :: Make Good Your Escape :: Brinkman ::
They may have recently signed to Beggars Banquet, but iLiKETRAiNS bid Fierce Panda farewell with a full supporting cast from the respected indie label.

ITC06: CHECK OUT GUITAR GEORGE
29 October 2006 / The Garrett / Manchester
:: George Borowski :: Green Tree Riot :: Hip Parade ::
Off the beaten track in a quiet city centre pub we catch up with the new sound of young Scotland, the local folk scene and a living legend all in the space of one rather eclectic hour.

ITC06: NORTH EASTERN PROMISE
29 October 2006 / Life Cafe (now see Studio / Chicago Rock) / Manchester
:: Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire :: Minotaurs :: Indigo Colony :: Freerunner :: Catweasels ::
Nothing gets the crowds in during ITC quite like the magic words "Free Bar". But for the roving music fan about town, just as exciting is the chance to see five handpicked bands from the North East before most of the other venues have even woken up...

ITC06: LEARN TO LOVE THE SYSTEM
29 October 2006 / Piccadilly Records / Manchester
:: Omerta ::
After a much-needed extra hour in bed courtesy of the clocks going back, Omerta take time out from their first national tour to strum some acoustic tunes in a record shop...

ITC06: EVERYTHING ELSE IS MAINSTREAM
28 October 2006 / Tiger Lounge / Manchester
:: Movement :: The Exorsisters ::
When you need a fix of dirty rock'n'roll there's only one place to go for it - beyond the official festival and even beyond the fringe, FictionNonFiction dish up loud guitars and black clothes aplenty.

ITC06: FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE SECOND FLOOR
28 October 2006 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Afterview :: The Second Floor :: Exit Calm :: Lyons And Tigers :: Deodates ::
Two shots of glorious spacey indie rock interspersed with a nutcase dressed as a pervy vicar singing about the delights of shagging pensioners. Yep, only Day Two and things are starting to get surreal...

ITC06: ACOUSTIC BREAKFAST 1
28 October 2006 / The Green Room / Manchester
:: Nomad Jones :: Jenny McCormick ::
Nothing soothes a morning head fuzz quite like a bit of quality acoustica... here, two up and coming local talents wake us up in the best possible way.

ITC06: THE WEEKEND STARTS HERE
27 October 2006 / Dry Bar / Manchester
:: Bookstore :: Decoration :: Norton : Eleven : Twentysixfeet ::
In The City is unofficially opened by V-Man and a typically eclectic bill, with Wedding Present flavoured indie-pop from Decoration and energetic thrashy hardcore from Bookstore the highlights for anyone out early enough...

ITC06: NORTH MANCHESTER'S BIG BLOWOUT
27 October 2006 / The BierKeller / Manchester
:: The Tides :: Gabrielle's Wish :: Omerta :: To My Boy ::
One lad’s on the stage now, then another, and then everyone – and the set ends in a glorious mass of jumping mayhem – in which the band remarkably barely miss a note... Blowout kick off the ITC weekend with one of their best ever nights.

ITC06 : INTHE CITY BLOG - READ IT AS IT HAPPENS
30 October 2006 / Various Venues / Manchester
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As ever, ManchesterMusic is running a live ITC blog for up to the minute coverage of the weekend's events

HEART OF JAZZ
24 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Puppini Sisters ::
Not Your Normal Pop Concert - after half an hour the ladies bid us a temporary farewell - this may not be the Palace, but interval drinks are being served

EXPERIMENTS IN SOUND
22 October 2006 / Apollo / Manchester
:: We Are Scientists ::
It's not easy to fill the cavernously proportioned Apollo sound-wise when there's just three of you

SO THESE ARE THE HOLLOWAYS?
22 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: The Courteeners :: The Holloways ::
More authentic, more original...more please

HOPE YOU LIKE OXJAMMIN' TOO
22 October 2006 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: The Mekkits :: Gideon Conn :: The Bradawls :: Grelsch :: Thick Richard ::
A night of thrash, laughs, melody and punk poetry, all in a good cause,Mancunian Way, Greetings from Silver Bay

ACHTUNNGSHUN
21 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Tunng :: BrightBlack Morning Light :: Jill Barber ::
Comforting tales of love and leisure, of heartbreak and the soothing balm of being besotted and adrift

RAVE ON
23 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Enter Shikari :: Blueprint To A Downfall :: Colon Open Bracket - :( - ::
It’s a day for shaking the grog out of your head and chilling out in misery waiting for the rest of the week to unravel right ? WRONG.

CRIMINALLY GOOD STUFF
15 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Vincent Vincent & The Villains :: The Pynk Labels :: Husdis Huld ::
Enough to encourage anyone, male or female, to start cultivating a quiff and wearing overly tight jeans

LIFE FROM MARS
20 October 2006 / The Castle / Oldham
:: DILE ::
The greatest live band you've never seen? Do something about it...

FROM THE FRAY
19 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Courteeners ::
Louder and more fun to jump around to.

A SWING AND A SNARE
18 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Bronx :: Ladyfinger :: Winnebago Deal ::
If The Bronx did not exist it would be necessary to invent them....

APERTURE, SAW DISTRACTION
17 October 2006 / Jabez Clegg / Manchester
:: Camera Obscura :: The Tiny ::
....It's all enough to make singer/guitarist Traceyanne Campbell take another sip of tea

FOREST FIRE
16 October 2006 / Academy 3 / Manchester
:: Hellwood :: Paul The Girl ::
Crooked, big-hearted tales of America's forgotten and freakish - As the man Dowd himself at one point bellows, bear witness.

BOMB SHELTER
19 October 2006 / Club Academy (Academy 4) / Manchester
:: Weapons (Weapons Of Mass Belief) ::
Either someone standing behind me dropped ice down my back, or a genuine shudder went down my spine

BOPPING MAD
11 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: Jinzena (see Red Go Green Stop) ::
Stax of sax and jagged indie with bits of ska thrown in for pleasure - unmissable

BUSTED EARS
11 October 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Oceansize ::
Oceansize stagger from quiet melodrama to chest-bone breaking volumes

ENJOY NOISE
09 October 2006 / Satan's Hollow / Manchester
:: Raucous ::
Fresh and inspiring as well as sufficiently noisy.

EYES AND EARS PEELED
14 October 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: Alterkicks :: The Automatic :: Mumm-Ra ::
There is enough belief and depth in the hour long set to suggest that they can stay at the top.

ALL YOU GOOD GOOD GOOD PEOPLE...
13 October 2006 / Apollo / Manchester
:: Embrace :: Delays ::
No use crying, cos you know your day is gonna come

SUNNY PARADE
09 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Unkle Bob :: Electric Soft Parade :: Victoria Lucas ::
Widescreen passion alone should have it marked down as a hit single

SLEEPY SWEET
11 October 2006 / The Roadhouse / Manchester
:: The Hazey Janes :: The Endorphins ::
From Aztec Camera to Aberfeldy, Scotland has a rich tradition of perfect indie pop

THAT MANCHESTER
07 October 2006 / Cheetham Hill Irish Centre / Manchester
:: Liam Fray :: The Children :: The Longcut :: The Targets :: Lead Balloon ::
The floor resonates to an outbreak of moshing that only stops as the final note of their final song fades into the night.

TURN THAT LIGHT ON
05 October 2006 / Joshua Brooks / Manchester
:: The Second Floor :: Air Cav :: Chris Knowles ::
Four dark shadows against a strobe and a smoke machine, they look like the saviours of rock'n'roll with the sound to match

BRIGHTON EARLY
06 October 2006 / Academy 1 / Manchester
:: The Kooks :: CAT THE DOG :: LARRIKIN LOVE ::
The argument rages on as to whether Luke and Co have the measure of Razorlight

YOU'RE TWO SAXY
03 October 2006 / Night & Day / Manchester
:: Archie Bronson Outfit :: Band(ism) :: Duke Garwood ::
Aside from a couple of slightly-longer-than-average beards they don't look like rock stars at all..

FEAR OF CROWDS
01 October 2006 / Star and Garter / Manchester
:: More Hate Then Fear :: The Plight ::
I realised that the room must be full of band members and roadies

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