20 Mar 2007
Manchester International Festival 2007 
It's all gearing up for the inaugural Manchester International Festival as a big announcement is made in the MEN regarding the headliners for the event.

They report that "An important 'first' will be screenings of footage of The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks at their historic Free Trade Hall gig on July 20, 1976, filmed by music legend Howard Devoto and a friend. The film has never been seen before and documents a show that helped to cement Manchester's place in musical history, influencing the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, Simply Red and The Fall."

The live bands announced by festival director, Alex Poots (who was once associated with Factory Classical) include Happy Mondays and The Fall.

There's also a big Manchester at MIPIM (big Cannes property bash) brochure which heavily features Peter Saville's Manchester graphic identity paper version of tonight's paper, but nothing is available online.

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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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