24 Sep 2007
FAC491 cont. 
Urbis have announced a further programme of events to complement the current 25th Anniversary Haçienda exhibition:

Design with a conscience: A forum event
Thu 25 Oct, 6-8pm
An opportunity to reflect on, discuss and debate the growing trend of sustainable and ethical design, with industry experts, including Peter Saville and Ben Kelly.

Design Lecture: Factory and The Haçienda…
Wed 14 Nov, 6-8pm
Urbis and D&AD proudly present a key note lecture from Peter Saville and Ben Kelly, two of the seminal designers responsible for creating a Manchester aesthetic which invaded the British high street in the mid 1980s. Its influence continues to be seen both there and across the world today.

Late Nights at the Haçienda: SINGLES NIGHT
Thur 15 Nov, 7 - 9pm
The outrageously fun Haçienda Singles nights uses the traffic light system of speed-dating and all attendees will be issued with red, green and amber stickers to indicate to others whether its 'all systems go' or 'easy tiger'! Join us under the mirror ball for games and good times...

Late Nights at the Haçienda: SILENT DISCO
Thur 13 Dec, 7 - 9pm
A creative performance event involving a DJ (spinning classic Haçienda tracks and some forgotten live stuff), headphones and some dancing. But no sound will be heard by all. Hence, silent disco baby. You have to see it to believe it.

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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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