17 Jan 2005
Badly Drawn Boy added to 'Love From Manchester' bill 
Badly Drawn Boy, Jah Wobble and Carmel are the latest artists to be confirmed for the forthcoming Tsunami Disaster appeal show at the Apollo in Manchester. Those already confirmed include Elbow (playing an acoustic set), I Am Kloot and The Durutti Column. Here is a message from co-organiser Gary McLarnan about the show and where the money raised will be going:

"We've had a huge response from all of you to get involved with the show at the Apollo, apologies for not being able to respond to each of you individually. We can't fit everything into one night, so we put our heads together and reckon we've found a solution.

"Some of you may know already, but in case you've not heard, the Apollo show, which is headlined "LOVE FROM MANCHESTER" will now be an early contributor to an initiative called "MANCHESTER MILLION". It will keep a tally of fundraising from Manchester events to aid the Tsunami Disaster relief funds, and aims by consolidation to propagate many more events and donations than might have happened individually. To read the mission statement and more details on what events are happening, how to register your event, register your want to help, or check the running total, please go to www.manchestermillion.co.uk which is currently under construction and should be live soon.

'Love From Manchester' at the Apollo on 30 January has already sold 600 tickets. It's a great start, but there's still a way to go before we sell out."


Sunday 30 January at the Carling Apollo Manchester

6.30 - Midnight

Tickets - minimum £15 donation available at Ticketmaster or by ringing 0870 401 8000

Confirmed artists: Elbow (acoustic), Badly Drawn Boy, I Am Kloot, Aziz, The Durutti Column, Nine Black Alps, Jah Wobble, Carmel, Kathryn Wiiliams.

DJs: Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve), Graham Massey (808 State), Paddy Steer (Homelife) and more still to confirm

Those who are making LOVE FROM MANCHESTER happen behind from backstage: Sparklestreet, John Robb, Carling Apollo Manchester, Ticketmaster, Tom Piper, DBN, Audile, Spin Media, STS Touring, MCMN, Phil Jones, Ear To The Ground, Nova Print, Jon Caine, Rustica, Zest and many more.

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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)

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