23 Aug 2006
Musicians United for Cohesion Live 
The Durutti Column, Elbow, Badly Drawn Boy and I Am Kloot are among the Manchester bands set to play Cohesion Live at Platt Fields Park in Manchester on Saturday 23 September. The Manchester Evening News reports today on the the progress with the organisation of the event and why everyone is so keen to raise money for Manchester Aid to Kosovo.

Cohesion Live
Platt Fields Park
23 September 2006

Tickets are GBP 19.50 plus booking fee.

For further details visit www.cohesionlive.com or call the box office on 0870 225 6677



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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)

The Durutti Column