19 Sep 2017
A Certain Ratio album reissues via Mute 
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A Certain Ratio and Mute have announced a tasty set of album reissues, starting in November with the second wave in February 2018. The classic original albums will be followed by a compilation in April, plus other stuff including a rarities box set.

The first albums set for release on 24 November 2017 include the band's debut release, The Graveyard And The Ballroom, which originally came out on Factory Records in December 1979. The album will be available here on limited edition vinyl with coloured PVC sleeve, CD and, mirroring its original release, on cassette. In addition, albums To Each (1981), and Force (1986) will be released on coloured vinyl and CD.

Pre-order now via musicglue.

That release schedule in full:

24 November 2017

The Graveyard And The Ballroom – Vinyl LP with limited edition colour PVC sleeve, CD, cassette (Limited to 500 packaged in coloured PVC sleeve, includes digital copy)
To Each – Limited edition red vinyl LP / CD
Force – Limited edition yellow vinyl LP / CD

23 February 2018

I'd Like To See You Again – vinyl LP / CD
Good Together – vinyl LP / CD
acr:mcr – vinyl LP / CD

All vinyl releases include digital copies.

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The Durutti Column Greetings Three on Tiger Bay 
Greetings Three (Tiger Bay, 2017

After a relatively quiet summer, the autumn season kicks off for The Durutti Column with a 12" 180 gram vinyl re-release on Tiger Bay for the Greetings Three E.P. which originally came out on Italian label Materiali Sonori in 1986.

More details via thedurutticolumn.com

Meanwhile, other re-releases are being finessed and finalised by Factory Benelux. In the coming months we can expect splendid reissues of Without Mercy and The Guitar and Other Machines.

Oh, and a Durutti fanzine (or is that fan zine) is also imminent.

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Vinyl Revival 20th Anniversary Party 
Vinyl Revival 20th Anniversary Party

Vinyl Revival is 20 years old this year so to celebrate they are hosting an event at The Ruby Lounge on Saturday 21 October at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. One Summer, High Society and Dirty Laces play live plus DJs Paul Langley and Colin White and then Howling Rhythm club night follows on.

Tickets priced only £5 are available now via the Vinyl Revival shop, vinylrevivalmcr.com or therubylounge.com

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An Evening with Kevin Hewick and Friends 
An Evening with Kevin Hewick and Friends

These Days presents An evening with Kevin Hewick and friends at The CentrE17, London on Thursday 19 October 2017 at 19:00.

Kevin will be performing music from his career and forthcoming album 'Driven By Love, Driven By Hate'.

Support comes from Crayon Angels and a discussion with filmmaker and guitarist Jude Rawlings (Lene Lovich band, Subterraneans).

Tickets price 10.00 GBP are available now via Ticketlab.

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8 Sep 2017
Shiiine On Factory Allstars Update 
Shiiine on Weekender 2017

A quick update on the Shiiine On Weekender which takes place at the Butlin's Minehead Arena from 10-13 November. As previously announced, there are plenty of ex-FAC bands involved including co-headliners Happy Mondays plus Peter Hook & The Light, A Certain Ratio, Space Monkeys, The Wendys, Sons of the Descent (featuring Ian White of The Wendys) and Time For Action (featuring Dermo ex-Northside who also has a DJ slot) and DJ Bobby Langley.

Plus there's a screening / Q&A of the Do You Own The Dancefloor? documentary film.

Tickets are available now via www.shiiineonweekender.com and there's currently a discount promo code offer.

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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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