19 Oct 2006
Northside back in the area 
Northside have reformed and a UK Tour has just been announced (thanks to Dermo on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board):

December 2006

Leeds Cockpit - Mon 11th (0113 244 3446)
Glasgow, King Tuts - Tue 12th (0141 287 5511)
Birmingham, Academy 2 - Fri 15th (0870 771 2000)
London, ULU - Sat 16th (0871 2200 260)
Manchester, Academy 2 - Sun 17th (0161 832 1111)

Ticket prices: 10.00 GBP - Leeds, Glasgow and Birmingham; 11.50 GBP - Manchester and London

Tickets on sale Friday 20 October from 9am. 24 hr cc hotline: 0871 2200 260 or buy online http://www.gigsandtours.com

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"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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