27 Jun 2017
C88 3CD box set on Cherry Red 
C88 3CD box set on Cherry Red

More indie-pop compilation goodness from Cherry Red in the form of C88, a 3-CD box set out 30 June 2017.

This time the Factory Records interest comes from The Wake with a demo version of Crush The Flowers. This song was originally the a-side of a single on Sarah Records in 1989 (SARAH 21)

"C88 is another celebration of the Eighties Indie scene, documenting a golden era when tuneful guitar-based bands made records on shoestring budgets, often issued on small labels with hand-made artwork, with little hope of mainstream exposure."

- Cherry Red


Title: C88
Format: 3CD
Release date: Friday 30 June 2017
Catalogue number: CRCDBOX36

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26 Jun 2017
Black Grape's Beano On The Sea in September 
Black Grape's Beano On The Sea in September

Black Grape have been added to the Beano On The Sea at Hastings Pier over the long Friday to Saturday weekend of 8-10 September 2017.

Bez out of Happy Mondays also hosts one of the aftershow parties over the weekend.

The Lightning Seeds, Cast, Echobelly, Reef, Space, Dodgy, The Bluetones and many more complete the line-up.

Weekend tickets are available now priced 99 GBP via beanoonthesea.com

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25 Jun 2017
A Certain Ratio live @ Dancity Festival, Foligno, Italy 
A Certain Ratio live @ Dancity Festival, Foliglo, Italy

A Certain Ratio follow-up their storming performance at 229 in London with a special appearance at the Dancity Festival in Foligno, Italy on Saturday 1 July 2017.

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Joy Division screening and panel discussion 
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HOME Manchester presents a special screening of and panel discussion about the Joy Division documentary film on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at 18.00 in connection with the True Faith exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery (30 June to 3 September).

"Featuring the unprecedented participation of all the surviving band members, Grant Gee's Joy Division examines the band's story as depicted through never-before-seen footage, personal photos, period films and newly discovered audio tapes."

The director Grant Gee and writer and True Faith curator Jon Savage will discuss the writing and making of the film and the wider cultural impact of Joy Division and New Order.

For tickets and more info see homemcr.org


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Manchester M15 4FN
From Manchester With Love 
From Manchester With Love

Following the tragic bombing on 22 May 2017, Manchester's music community bring you 'Manchester With Love', a 226-track charity compilation from all parts of the music spectrum.

"The city came together in the hours, days and weeks after attack at the Manchester Arena and this compilation shows the city's music community coming together. Previously unreleased tracks from 808 State and A Certain Ratio line up against new music from Anz and Finn, The Buzzcocks line up next to Levelz, showing Manchester's diversity through music. Available to buy for a limited time."

Highlights for FAC fans include:

A Certain Ratio - Nostromo A Go Go (Original Soundstation Demo)
Space Monkeys - Only The Good Die Young

From Manchester With Love is available to buy now via Boomkat.

All proceeds will be donated to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund.

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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