7 Dec 2006
Haçienda NYE Competition 
As previously announced, AEG Live in association with Key 103 are proud to present the Haçienda New Years Eve party at the Manchester Academy One on 31 December 2006.

To win a pair of tickets just answer the following simple question:

"What was the name of Mike Pickering's legendary dance night at the Haçienda?"

Submit your entries via the Contact form with HAC NYE COMP in the title. Winners will be notified by email. Closing date Friday 22 December.

Key 103 will be broadcasting live from the party 12pm until 2am, so don't miss out and join the 2,000 other party mad ravers by booking now. Call the ticket hotline on 0871 230 4422 or buy online at www.aeglive.co.uk. This event will be a sell out show so make sure to buy early and avoid disappointment.

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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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