31 Aug 2003
August - when it was 
Twenty years ago, in August 1983, Fac 51 The Haçienda played host to such varied delights as Roman Holiday, Lydia Lunch, Einstürzende Neubaten, King (with DJ Gary Crowley) and Factory stalwarts Cabaret Voltaire.

On the 4th of August 1991, the second day of Cities in the Park took place in Heaton Park, Manchester. Factory bands took over the line-up and there were performances from Electronic, Happy Mondays, Revenge, Cath Carroll, The Adventure Babies, The Durutti Column.

"Manchester is still alive... and London, New York and all the rest are still dead"

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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)

The Durutti Column