1 Mar 2007
So, farewell then The North Star 
The North Star venue in the Shetland Islands, which has played host to a number of Factory-related acts over the years is to close in April.

The 94-year-old venue has attracted names like Peter Hook, Bez, Silent Partners featuring Dermo from Northside and The Durutti Column, whose gig was webcast by Cerysmatic Factory for Tony Wilson's F4 project, as well as Haçienda DJs Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park to the UK's most northerly set of islands.

In a cruel twist of fate the venue has been bought over by a housing association and will be turned into flats!!

Venue manager Alan McLeod would like to thank all the acts who have made the trek north over the years.

The last gig will take place on 7 April 2007 and will feature Manchester's Puressence.


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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