9 Mar 2008
A Party on Martin Hannett's Birthday 
Had he lived, it would be Martin Hannett's 60th Birthday on 31 May 2008. A special party featuring Birmingham-based Joy Division tribute band Transmission and DJ Curtis (of "virtual" Joy Division tribute band Curtis Ian and the Joy Division) is on at The Bakers Vaults in Stockport to celebrate the occasion.

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View the flyer on MySpace. Here is the transcript:

A Party on Martin Hannett's Birthday
Bakers Vaults, Stockport

featuring

Transmission - the sound of Joy Division

plus

DJ Curtis (of Curtis Ian and the Joy Division)

Admission 4.00 GBP (proceeds to charity)
Saturday 31 May 2008

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Bakers Vaults
28 Market Place
Stockport SK1 1ES
www.bakers-vaults.co.uk
0161 477 7312

Thanks to Dave for info.

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