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In The City to take hiatus for 2011

Manchester festival to return in 2012

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United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Chris Eustace | 28 June 2011

Founded in 1992 by the late Factory Records boss Tony Wilson and his partner Yvette Livesey, it sought to provide a platform for bands to introduce themselves to the industry, with talks and events during the day, and gigs at night.

Over the years, bands such as Coldplay, Oasis, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, Snow Patrol and Suede have made early appearances there.

Since Wilson's death in 2007, In The City has been challenged by the likes of Brighton's The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, having to move to a smaller venue last year, and rumours were circulating that there had been funding problems for this year's event.

In a statement, Livesey cited wanting to start a family as the reason for its abscence from the calendar and that it would return next year: "I am also getting married and having a baby this year so I have made the decision to take a year-long sabbatical. Although there will not be an In The City this year, we are going to have the opportunity to plan an amazing event to celebrate our 20th anniversary in 2012."


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