The weekend of the 18th & 19th of October 2014 will see the hosting of the fourth annual Carefully Planned festival in Manchester, taking place over seven venues in the city and featuring over 100 bands from the festival's hometown and outside, all for the wallet-friendly price of 15gbp for both days or 10 gbp for one.
Rather than attempt a comprehensive summation of the line-up in its entirety here are 10 acts that anyone attending should be sure not to miss, even when two of the acts in question are scheduled to play at the same time meaning that you'd have to miss one of them.
a.P.A.t.T - Kraak - Saturday, 21:20
Liverpool collective a.P.A.t.T's latest single, 'Just Because', was a disgustingly catchy slice of Euro-trance, but they are no strangers to funk, metal, math-rock, Merseybeat, prog or any other genre you could name or invent and are one of the country's most bewildering live acts. If this list of ten must-see acts were to be whittled down to one then A.P.A.t.T would be that one.
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