Tony Wilson, co-founder and co-curator of Manchester, England's In The City (ITC) seminar and showcase event, has postponed the Australian version due to health issues.

In The City AAA (Australia, Australasia, Asia) was to have been held for the first time this October in Perth, Western Australia.

Wilson was due to fly out next Friday (Feb. 16) to meet with its Australian team, headed by Manchester expatriate record producer Pete Carroll.

However, the 56-year old received medical advice not to travel anywhere until June, according to ITC co-founder Yvette Livesey, following an emergency operation in December to have a kidney removed. The Perth event will now be held in November 2008.

Wilson, however, is expected to attend the inaugural New York edition of In The City this June, plans for which were in place before his health problems arose.

He and Livesey will showcase six new British acts and an unspecified numbers of American baby bands at Times Square's Nokia Theatre.

The Manchester ITC will go ahead as planned in October. Bands such as Oasis, Coldplay, The Darkness, Arctic Monkeys, Muse and Radiohead got their starts playing at ITC's "unsigned" gigs.

Wilson is one of Manchester's chief "scene builders." He launched post-punk indie label Factory Records there in 1979, which was home to such acts as Joy Division, (which later became New Order), and the Happy Mondays. In 1982, he opened the now-defunct Manchester dance club the Hacienda, which is now recognized as the core of Britain's "acid house" scene. His life and career was the focus of a film, "24 Hour Party People", in which he was portrayed by actor Steve Coogan.