8 Dec 2004
Silent Partners 
Silent Partners (featuring Dermo of Northside) embark on their biggest tour ever, The News of the World Tour 2005, starting 22 January in Oldham and finishing 16 February in Liverpool and including dates in Aberdeen, Leeds, Nottingham and Shetland. The tour schedule as it stands is as follows with more dates to be added.


Sat 22 - Castle, 38 Union St, Oldham [+ support + Stone Love DJs; Tel: 01706 882759]
Mon 24 - Adelphi, 89 De Grey St, Hull [+ support; Tel: 01482 348216]
Wed 26 - Carpe Diem, Calverley St, Leeds [+ Thewlis; Tel: 0113 2436264]
Thu 27 - Junktion 7, Nottingham [+ support]
Fri 28 - The Albert, Shrewsbury [+ support]


Tues 1 - De Bees, 17-19 Market Place, Winsford [+support; Tel: 01606 558596]
Thu 3 - T' Mesis Café Bar, Lloyd St (off Deansgate), Manchester [+ The Loungs + 3rd Dan + Inbred Quarter; *]
Fri 4 - Central Station, 15-17 Hill St, Wrexham [+ DJ Clint Boon + The Draft; Tel: 01978 311857
Sat 5 - Limelight, Crewe [+ support; *]
Fri 11 - Drummonds, 1 Belmont St, Aberdeen [+ support; Tel: 01224 619931]
Sat 12 - North Star, Harbour St, Lerwick, Shetland [+ support + DJ Alan McLeod; Tel: 0159 5693749]
Sun 13 - Mooney's Wake, Lerwick, Shetland [Acoustic Set; Tel: 0159 5693749]
Wed 16 - Magnet, Liverpool [+ support; *]

Tickets for gigs marked * available by asking on the Silent Partners Message Board.




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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."

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