12 Apr 2007
Best of Manchester Awards 
The Best of Manchester Awards 2007 have been established to reward artists, musicians and designers whose work epitomises the city, writes Ben Rooth in the MEN.

The competition is being run by Urbis in conjunction with the Manchester Evening News and other city-based businesses.

The awards fall into three categories - visual arts, fashion and music. They are open to anyone who feels they are pushing boundaries and helping their creative discipline evolve.

Peter Saville heads the panel of judges which will announce the first winners this summer.

More info including how to submit entries at www.urbis.org.uk

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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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