24 May 2007
Haçienda 25: The Exhibition - FAC 491 
An exhibition called Haçienda 25: The Exhibition - FAC 491, about the legendary club FAC 51 The Haçienda which would have been 25 years old on 21 May, starts in central Manchester on 19 July.

The exhibition, which is being coordinated by Urbis, will feature artefacts and contributions from many people including New Order, Tony Wilson and Haçienda designer Ben Kelly.

Highlights include a complete set of birthday posters and the original '51' doors.

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Biting Tongues

In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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