The Manchester-based music conference/festival has sprung up discoveries like The Darkness and Oasis...

The time has come again to take part in the UK’s premier battle of the bands, IN THE CITY.

Throughout its 12-year history, the Manchester-based music conference and urban festival has uncovered artists including Oasis, Suede, [/a], Muse, Coldplay and – most recently – [a], who played Salford’s backstreet Black Lion pub in September 2002.

Bands and artists whose demos are chosen by the A&R panel get the chance to play In The City Live this September, the UK’s most notorious three-night A&R scramble.

In The City are inviting acts across a wide spectrum of hip-hop, rock, pop, electronica, garage, metal, dance and punk to submit demos from now until June.

Entrants should submit a three-track CD, biography and picture to Phil Saxe, A&R Director, In The City Unsigned, 8 Brewery Yard, Deva Centre, Trinity Way, Salford, M3 7BB.

In The City 2004 takes place from 18-21 September in Manchester. For more information visit [url=]