Organizers of Britain’s In The City music conference have signed up rock photographer Kevin Cummins and film-maker Dick Carruthers as keynote interviewees.

The annual conference, which was established in 1992 by the late Factory Records founder Tony Wilson, will be held Oct. 5 to 7 at the Midland Hotel in Manchester, England, complemented with live music events taking place across the city.

Cummins began his career in the late Seventies, chronicling the rise of Manchester bands including Joy Division and Buzzcocks. He became chief photographer for NME and has since contributed to publications including the Times, Vogue and Mojo.

Cummins is currently working on a photographic retrospective of Manchester musicians to be published later this year. A selection of his photographs will be posted on the conference official Web site (www.inthecity.co.uk) and the most popular image will be discussed during the interview.

Dick Carruthers will be discussing his career shooting live concert films and documentaries and putting together career-encompassing DVDs for acts including the Rolling Stones, the Who, Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Take That and Oasis. The keynote interview will focus on the challenges involved in filming Manchester band Oasis since the mid-Nineties.

In The City have also announced that the reduced "early-bird" registration rate of £295 ($580) will end on June 30.