24 May 2006
The Durutti Column live in Norwich and Tunbridge Wells - win tickets 
The Durutti Column continue their 2006 tour with dates at the Norwich Arts Centre and the Trinity Theatre in Tunbridge Wells and you can win tickets courtesy of Cerysmatic Factory in association with CMP Live.

To win tickets for Norwich Arts Centre on 2 June answer the following question: "Who produced the new album 'Keep Breathing'?"

And to win tickets for Trinity Theatre, Tunbridge Wells on 3 June here is your question: "Who is the new female singer with The Durutti Column on the current tour?"

Submit your entries via the Contact form. Please only one entry per person so pick the date that's most convenient for you should you be so lucky as to win. Please put "Durutti Live Competition" in the subject field. All winners will be notified by email. Competition closes 22:00 BST Monday 27 May.

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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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