5 Jan 2006
Manchester v Cancer featuring New Order and Doves - tickets still available 
Tickets are still available for the Manchester versus Cancer Concert in association with Key 103 via Ticketmaster. This is the biggest ever charity fundraising gig to be staged in Manchester.

Taking place at the Manchester Evening News Arena on 28 January 2006, the concert will see some of Manchester's very own legends appearing on stage together for the first time ever. The confirmed line-up includes:

New Order
Doves
Johnny Marr & the Healers
Andy Rourke
Badly Drawn Boy
Mani (Stone Roses and Primal Scream)
Stephen Fretwell
808 State
Utah Saints
+ more to be confirmed.

The gig was the idea of ex-Smith, Andy Rourke, following news that his manager's sister and father had been diagnosed with cancer. Andy and friends decided to group together to raise 1 million pounds for alternatives to chemotherapy at Manchester's Christie Hospital, Europe's largest cancer treatment and research centre.

www.manchestervcancer.co.uk

Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.co.uk
Tel: 0870 190 8000
Ticket prices start at 40.00 GBP

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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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