6 Apr 2005
The Durutti Column live in Belgium 
Last Saturday's show at the Rhaaa Lovely Festival in Namur, Belgium was apparently a storming success. More details soon.

Meanwhile, further details have emerged about the cancelled Stoke-on-Trent gig. A contract to play was signed between the venue and the band and tickets should have gone on sale. Unfortunately it never happened but it is hoped that the date can be rearranged for early June.

The previously announced gig in Glasgow (as part of the 10 Days In May Festival) will take place at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut on a date to be confirmed.

Many thanks to Phil Jones for info.



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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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