The Drums close Manchester In The City by showcasing debut album

New York band channel The Smiths at Night And Day Cafe

The Drums have closed In The City, marking three days of gigs and discussions about the music industry in Manchester.

The annual event, which was set up by the late Anthony Wilson, saw the city host over 150 gigs of emerging talent.

This year’s highlights included Dutch Uncles, MAY68, Egyptian Hip Hop, KONG, Copy Haho, Televised Crimewave and The Jessie Rose Trip.


Closing the event, New York band The Drums proved to be living up to the early hype, with a blistering set at the Night And Day Café. The energetic set in the packed venue saw the Brooklyn band play songs from their upcoming debut album, including ‘Best Friend’ and fan favourite ‘Let’s Go Surfing’.

Channelling their strong Mancunian influence, frontman Jonathan Pierce was reminiscent of a young Morrissey with his commanding stage presence and similar vocals.

Talking to before the show the band revealed the significance of playing In The City.

“I think it’s important for us to be playing Manchester because our music is so connected to this city,” Pierce explained. “Beside New York, Manchester has created some of the most important bands of the past 25 years, and I feel anxious about tonight’s show – I never feel like this and I think that it’s because of the importance of bands like The Smiths have had on our music,” he added.

Fan Footage of the show has made it online and can be seen below.