15 Feb 2007
Bickershaw Deeply Vale Greenfield Family Music and Arts Festival 
Plans are well advanced for the inaugural Bickershaw Deeply Vale Greenfield Family Music and Arts Festival according to BBC Manchester.

There were plans to hold a revival of the Deeply Vale Festival last year but these fell through. Undaunted, the organisers hatched a plan to jointly revive Bickershaw (which was first held in 1972) with Deeply Vale (started in 1976).

Whilst the event is subject to licence, the organisers are confident that it will go ahead and that artists such as The Fall, The Durutti Column, Doves, Elbow and others will play.




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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