WHAT: More than 400 acts across 30 venues
WHY: Because Liverpool has no shortage of musical outlets and keenness to foster its history and reputation. Like its spiritual precursor, Manchester's In The City, there's also talks and conferences, including Arthur Baker in conversation with Nelson George (Friday 1pm) and a DIY label panel (Thursday 1.30pm) with Rich The Line Of Best Fit, John Brainlove, Whiskas Dance To The Radio, Alex Holy Roar and Shell Amazing Radio.
WHEN: 17th-19th May
WHERE: Across Liverpool
HOW: £45 for all the gigs, £150 for everything
THURSDAY: Slow Club, Still Corners, TOY, Willis Earl Beal, Death In Vegas, Ghost Outfi t, Willy Mason, Mystery Jets, Alt-J, Django Django, Jethro Fox, Alkaline Trio
FRIDAY: Clock Opera, Niki & The Dove, Eugene McGuinness, Jonquil, Post War Years, Eleanor Friedberger, Spring Off ensive, White Arrows, Still Flyin', Bear In Heaven, Slow Down Molasses, Wet Nuns, Swiss Lips
Tall Ships, Fixers, Ghostpoet, Let's Buy Happiness, The Wedding Present, Young British Artists, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Theme Park, Algiers, The History Of Apple Pie, Hey Sholay, PINS, Goodnight Lenin, Space (!)