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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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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