4 Sep 2006
Manchester Special in Guardian Travel 
Saturday's Guardian carried an extensive special Manchester and the north west of England in its Saturday edition.

Among the extensive highlights ...

The Haçienda - Photographs of Manchester's Legendary Club
18 Oct - 4 Dec
Urbis

"Urbis has really upped its game in the last 12 months. It is, increasingly, the dynamic space that a "museum of the city" should be. Photographer Ian Tilton's homage to the Hacienda should interest veteran ravers and students of pop culture alike, and whet the appetite for a much larger Hacienda retrospective next summer."

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The Warehouse Projec
Boddington's Brewery
6 Oct - 31 Dec

"InBev should never have moved production of Boddington's bitter to Wales, but at least the old buildings are being put to good use. Over 12 weeks this autumn, they will play host to a series of 25 unique warehouse 'raves' the line-ups ranging from the jazzy beats of Gilles Peterson and Mr Scruff, through Justice and Soulwax's New Rave disco-punk to the non-deeper Detroit techno of Theo Parrish and Moodymann."

Saturday 7 October
GBP 12.00 Adv
Xfm / Mike Pickering Presents
'Welcome To The Warehouse'
Kasabian [DJ Set] / Mike Pickering / Doves [DJ Set] / Lorraine [Live] / The View [Live] / Ali Love [Live] / Kieth [Live] / The Box: Aim [Live] / Sugardaddy [Live]
Tom Findlay [Groove Armada] / Dexter [The Avalanches] / Krysko

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Plus: In The City, One Love and, next year, The Manchester International Festival.

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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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