12 Jan 2005
South-east Asian Tsunami benefit gig: 'Love from Manchester' 
News just in from Ticketmaster about a big benefit gig for the victims of the South-East Asian Tsunami to be held at the Carling Apollo Manchester on Sunday 30 January 2005 and featuring Elbow, I Am Kloot, The Durutti Column with the hint of further big acts to be confirmed.

"We have just confirmed the following show; please call 0870 401 8000, click onto GetLive.co.uk, or call into the Palace Theatre (Oxford Road; 10am-6pm, Mon-Sat) or the Tourist Information Centre (Albert Square; 9am-5pm, Mon-Sat), to book tickets.

Manchester's best live music Venue has got together with it's best musicians to show our solidarity with the victims of the South-east Asian Tsunami and raise much needed funds in the process.

Love from Manchester is the brainchild of local musician John Robb and artiste manager Gary McLarnan, who have used their extensive combined contacts within the local entertainment industry to pull together an amazing bill of live music and DJs. Already confirmed are Mercury Music prize nominees Elbow, local heroes I Am Kloot, influential Factory Records veterans the Durutti Column and on the 1's and 2's Graham Massey (808 State), Andy Votel (Twisted Nerve) and The Earlies. At the time of writing some VERY major local artists are confirmed but for contractual reasons are unable to be named......

All parties involved from the artists, venue and production companies down to ticket agents are donating ALL profits to the Disasters Emergency Committee Tsunami Relief Fund.

Tickets are £15.00 and available now from 0870 401 8000 and ticketmaster.co.uk

Clear Channel Entertainment

Carling Apollo Manchester

Stockport Road

Ardwick Green


M12 6AP


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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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