6 Aug 2008
Back in Store 
The Warehouse Project returns to Manchester for the last twelve weeks of the year, climaxing with a Haçienda Happy Mondays gig:

Sunday 28th December
The Haçienda presents
Happy Mondays Live at The Warehouse Project
Mike Pickering
Peter Hook (New Order)
Jon Dasilva
20:30 02:30 // GBP 28.50 advance

"With their last appearance in the city taking place 12 months ago at the 10,000 capacity G - Mex, the Happy Mondays performance in the much smaller confines of Store Street looks set to be something very special indeed."

Further details here.

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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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