20 May 2008
Latest creatives for Tony Wilson Experience 
The cast list for Reification - the Tony Wilson Experience is getting bigger with more names just added to the line-up, including celebrity scientist, broadcaster and writer Professor Brian Cox, musicians Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert, and writer Paul Morley.

They join writer and musician John Robb and Caroline Elleray, Head of A&R for Universal Music Publishing in the 24 hour event being held in Manchester on 21 and 22 June in memory of broadcaster, entrepreneur and creative champion, Anthony H Wilson.

Together with Peter Saville, Steve Coogan, Mark Radcliffe, Liam Spencer, Peter Hook, Ben Kelly, Alan McGee, Kevin Cummins, Sue Woodward, Stuart Maconie, Grant Gee, and Matt Greenhalgh, they are the latest to agree to take part in Manchester's longest ever intelligent conversation, debating, engaging and challenging each nonstop for 24 hours.

Up to 200 talented individuals are to be selected to take part in the event from the many submissions that have already been made through the event website. Entries are being judged by a panel including designer Peter Saville, former Director of Factory Records with Tony Wilson and currently Creative Director of Manchester City Council, and others from a wide range of creative disciplines, who are all supporting the event.

Submissions remain open until next Monday 26 May for any talented young individuals who want to be part of the event, through the event website:


The experienced creatives taking part in the event, are all giving their time freely to share their experience for the benefit of the young people taking part.

Stephen Morris said: "Tony played a big part in giving Joy Division and all the Factory bands the chance we needed to play, perform, and to record our music. The support, enthusiasm and the belief in our early abilities that he and other people like our manager Rob Gretton had in us was probably more important to us than any of us realised at the time.

"If what we did as musicians, and what Tony himself did can inspire young people today to be creative, then that has to be a good thing. I'm very much looking forward to the event and meeting some of the young creative talent chosen to take part."

In addition to the talented 200 chosen to take part in the event there will also be opportunities for members of the general public to get involved in and get a taste of the full event during its 24 hour run.

With its Ben Kelly designed marquee interior and a host of other creative talent at the disposal of the event organisers to make certain the event looks as good as it sounds, there will be plenty of things to interest members of the public with an eye for the creative arts.

Vicky Rosin, Assistant Chief Executive Culture, Manchester City Council, said: "Whilst we are gearing up our experienced speakers to inspire and engage with what we hope is the next generation of creative talent invited to be part of the event, we very much hope that the wider public will come down and have a look and get a taste of the Experience themselves.

"Tony Wilson inspired a lot of people in lots of different ways and I am sure what's on offer during the 24 hours is going to be of interest to them also. It promises to be both fascinating and forward thinking."

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"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."

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