19 Apr 2006
Kevin Hewick to support Section 25 
Section 25 have invited Kevin Hewick to open for them at their Over the Edge reunion show at Poulton-le-Fylde on 19 May 2006.

Speaking to Cerysmatic Factory, Kevin said, "It's a great honour to join the band at this historic event, their first live appearence in nearly two decades.

I have many good memories of being on bills with them in the early 80s at the Scala Cinema and ICA in London, the New Osborne club in Manchester and The Princess Cinema in Blackpool. I also recall a storming set from them in that era at Nottingham Rock City.

And, not least, Section 25 were always good to me and gave me much support and encouragement in those amazing but confusing times for the younger, more foolhardy Hewick.

Those memories are important but this is also so about the now. Both Section 25 and I are very fired up about our new music. Neither they nor I are bygone footnotes in the Factory story. We are still standing and still creating and eager to play to friends old and new in the 21st Century.

I'm also hoping to soon confirm yet another live date with Section 25 in July in Leicester."

Kevin is also playing at Alan McGee's Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Centre, London on 7 June 2004. The other act on the bill is Movement, a Manchester band.

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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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