10 May 2004
This time of night 
Q Magazine's Top 100 Greatest Gigs Ever has two Factory entries:

#90 Joy Division at The Factory, Manchester on 11 April 1980. "It was the night they... played Manchester for the last time. The atmosphere before the band took the stage was bad and there had been some aggro in the crowd, but Joy Division matched them in aggression and intensity. At the end of their set manager Rob Gretton announced there was to be no encore and pelted with bottles. The band then reappeared to perform Atrocity Exhibition."

#75 New Order at Manchester Apollo, 4 October 2001. "It was the night they... revisited greatness. Always patchy live, this might have been a nervous return to their native city (they hadn't played there for three years). Instead, the Apollo's fans were treated to a virtual greatest hits set, including some seldom-aired Joy Division material."

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"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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