8 Jun 2005
The Young Offenders Institute plus others live 
Two gigs by The Young Offenders Institute top and tail a busy June for (ex-) Factory bands. They play Club Nirvana in Wigan on 11 June (this Saturday) and return to Manchester on 16 July where they play Dry Bar.

June

11 - The Young Offenders Institute, Club Nirvana, Wigan
16 - The Durutti Column - Sonar Festival, Barcelona
16 - Kevin Hewick, Acoustic Night at Firefly
24 - Biting Tongues - Film Event, The Green Room, Manchester
24 - Blurt - And Did We Mention Our Disco, Plastic People, London
24 - Kevin Hewick, Firefly, Leicester
24 - New Order - Wireless Festival, Hyde Park
25 - The Adventure Babies - Stafford Rangers Social Club, Stafford
25 - Kevin Hewick, The Criterion, Leicester (15:00-17:00)
25 - Kevin Hewick, The Pride of Leicester (20:30-23:00)
29 - Kevin Hewick, Progress Bar, Tufnell Park, London
30 - Kevin Hewick, Kevin Hewick, The Half Time Orange, Leicester

July

16 - The Young Offenders Institute, Dry Bar, Manchester

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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)

The Durutti Column