9 Mar 2005
New Order to play Wireless 2005 
New Order, Basement Jaxx, Keane and Kasabian are lined up for Wireless 2005, a completely new festival which will take place in London's Hyde Park over the space of 4 nights in June.

June dates

24 - New Order
25 - Basement Jaxx
29 - Keane
30 - Kasabian

More acts are expected to be announced soon.

Tickets on sale: Saturday 12 March at 9am
Price: £35 per day. [O2 customers can get in there early by using their Active service to purchase tickets from Tuesday 8 March.]
Tel: 0871 230 5468

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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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