Manchester will become the new host city of Indie Week Europe 27-31 May.
Seventy-five unsigned bands will be performing at the five-day festival which celebrates the best in independent music from Europe.
Indie Week began in Toronto, Canada, in 2003 and Indie Week Europe has been hosted in Ireland for the past six years. Performing bands will compete, in front of industry members, for the chance to perform in a prominent slot on the Canadian bill in 2016 – all expenses paid.
Taking place across 10 venues in the Northern Quarter the line up includes Leeds band The Dunwells (pictured), and previous Indie Week Canada winners Stone Iris.
Indie Week Europe also hosts a conference, Indie101, on 30 May, featuring panels in social media, tech, music and more. It will include a keynote speech from The Smiths drummer Mike Joyce.