20 May 2005
The Boys Are Back In Town 

Happy Mondays play their first Manchester show in 5 years on 29 October at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Tickets have just gone on sale as of 9am BST this morning. The Farm, Stereo MCs and guest DJs provide support. They will also play dates in London and Glasgow.

Saturday 29 October
Doors: 19:30 - 01:00 (special late licence)

Tickets: 28.50 GBP
On sale: 09:00 Friday 21 May
SJM: 0871 2200 260
M.E.N. Arena: 0870 190 8000
Piccadilly Box Office: 0161 832 1111



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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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