21 Dec 2004
The Durutti Column end 2004, their most successful year ever, with news of a renewed working partnership with Tony Wilson's new label F4. The band have come to an informal download only deal with ex-manager and record label boss, Wilson. The deal was cut over a lunchtime curry in Manchester's cultural Northern Quarter and in traditional Wilson/Durutti style, no written contract was exchanged. The first 6-track offering will be brand new material and should be ready for release by Midem in late January.

The Durutti Column launch their live 2005 shows with a unique gig in the Shetland Isles on 16 February 2005. As Vini Reilly says "These kind of remote areas are the places where people need good download availabilities. We are taking our live show up to the people in the far north, to help highlight our download service with F4".

Confirmed 2005 tour dates (so far):


16 Methodist Church, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, [Box office tbc]


24 - Cockpit, Leeds, Swinegate, LS1 4AG. Box Office: Jumbo records 01132455570. www.seetickets.com


14 - Islington Academy, N1 Centre,16 Parkfield St, London N1 OPS Ticketweb, Wayahead, 0115 912 9000, Stargreen: 0207 734 8932

15 - The Underground, Morley Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1

www.seetickets.com 0115 912 9000

16 - The Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester. Piccadilly Box Office: 0161 832 1111. Ticketline, Wayahead


16 - Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

News courtesy of Phil Jones at Phil Jones Presents.

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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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