11 May 2005
Factory @ Traffic Turin Free Festival 
From NewOrderOnline.com

"After the success of the first edition, Turin will be again protagonist of an event unique for its features and totally free, which means to place the city at the centre of the contemporary youth culture: Traffic Turin Free Festival, from Wednesday 29 June to Saturday 2 July.

Amongst the exclusive events in the bill there is a day dedicated to the musical scene of Manchester which will peak with the concert by New Order, Saturday 2 July on the stage at Parco Della Pellerina."

Manchester, or, if you will, Madchester is represented by 808 State, Shaun Ryder (ex-Happy Mondays) and Hacienda DJs Mike Pickering and Graeme Park (or Parks and Pickering as they are described on the official website), who all play in one form or another. Tony Wilson will be your Master of Ceremonies. And the movie which told his story (or at least a version of his story), 24 Hour Party People (dir. Michael Winterbottom) will be screened on the afternoon of 2 July at The Cinema Museum.

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Thanks to C.

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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."

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