28 Mar 2006
Blurt - European Tour May 2006 
With thanks to Tino Wylson on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board, here is the full itinerary for Blurt's European Tour in May 2006:

Tue 2 - Gent, Kinky Star
Thu 4 - Rotterdam, Worm
Fri 5 - Amsterdam, OCCI
Sat 6 - Brussels, Recyclart
Sun 7 - Antwerp, Kaaiman
Tue 9 - Paris, Point Ephemere
Wed 10 - Cologne, Blue Shell
Thu 11 - Bremen, Lila Eule
Fri 12 - Hamburg, Westwerk
Sat 13 - Berlin, Supamolly
Tue 16 - Munich, Die Rote Sonne
Wed 17 - Budapest, A38
Thu 18 - Vienna, Rhiz
Fri 19 - Steyr, Roeda
Sat 20 - Murska Sobota, MIKK
Sun 21 - Bern, Rei-alle
Mon 22 - Geneva, Cave 12
Wed 24 - Lyon, Les Nuits Sonores Festival
Fri 26 - Wroclaw, Awangarda Gallery
Sat 27 - Frankfurt, Das Bett

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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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