9 May 2006
And the winners are... 
Cerysmatic Factory recently ran a double whammy of competitions to win tickets for FAC 471 Hallelujah: A Celebration of Madchester and The Durutti Column live on the first 3 dates of their UK tour. The lucky winners drawn out of the Reni hat are:

FAC 471 Hallelujah @ Manchester Academy 1, Saturday 13 May: Tom Shaw (Answer: 1988)

Durutti Manchester Academy 3 Saturday 13 May: Paul Blanshard (Answer: Litmus)
Durutti Birmingham Glee Club Sunday 14 May: Chris Butler (Answer: Cardiff)
Durutti London Dingwalls Wednesday 17 May: Kevin McGuinness (Answer: The Venue)

Thanks to everyone who entered. All winners will be contacted by email with further information. Whilst the preferences of multiple entrants on the Durutti Column tickets were noted, it wasn't possible to ensure that everyone got their first choice of venue so apologies for that.

Tickets are still available for all events. Check out the individual pages above for more details.

Thanks to Wilson House and Phil Jones / CMP Live for making the competitions possible.



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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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