21 Jul 2004
The Durutti Column and guests will be playing the Bridgewater Hall, the state-of-the-art concert hall in Manchester on Thursday 16 September 2004. The date will be the first of a series of gigs to celebrate WEA releasing the Definitive Durutti Column on Monday 20 September. The gig will also be part of In the City 2004.

Bridgewater Hall
Lower Moseley St
M2 3WS

Box Office: 0161 907 9000 / 0845 345 0009

Tickets will be on sale by the week commencing 26 July 2004.



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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