3 May 2006
Win tickets to see The Durutti Column live 
It's competition time again and this time three pairs of tickets to forthcoming gigs by The Durutti Column are on offer to three lucky people thanks to Phil Jones / CMP Live. The band kick off their 2006 schedule with 3 gigs in 5 days.

Manchester Academy 3 - Saturday 13 May 2006
Glee Club, Birmingham - Sunday 14 May 2006
Dingwalls (aka Lock 17), London - Wednesday 17 May 2006

There is one pair of tickets available for each gig and there are three different questions to answer. Feel free to enter each separate competition but each winner can only win one pair of tickets so please indicate your gigs in order of preference in your entries.

Question M for Manchester) Who supported The Durutti Column at their Manchester Academy 3 show on 13 December 2003?

Question B for Birmingham) At the Glee Club in which city were The Durutti Column scheduled to play in 2004 but never did?

Question L for London) Which London venue played host to a gig on 6 April 1982 which was later released as a live album (recently reissued on CD by Kooky Records)?

Please send in your entries via the Cerysmatic Contact page putting "Durutti Competition" as the subject. Please include your name, a valid email address and the answer to the question(s). Remember, you're welcome to submit answers to each question but there is a maximum of 1 pair of tickets per winner so please state your preferred gig.

Closing date 22:00 BST Monday 8 May.

Good luck!

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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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