4 Sep 2008
Rodrigo Leão + The Durutti Column @ Barbican 
Hot on the heels of the Ruby Lounge gig announced yesterday, comes another new date for The Durutti Column, this time at The Barbican in London on 6 November 2008 as part of the Autumn Contemporary Events 08 season.

Rodrigo Leão + The Durutti Column
6 November 2008
19:30 GMT
Barbican Hall

Tickets priced 10.00, 15.00 and 20.00 GBP are on sale now.

From Barbican.org: "Rodrigo Leão, co-founder of Madredeus, was hailed by Pedro Almodóvar as 'one of the most inspired composers in the world'. There is a cinematic scale to his work which has attracted collaborators from Ryuichi Sakamoto to Beth Gibbons, and which comes out in his new work O Mundo, in which he and his band draw together much of his greatest music as part of an imagined soundtrack.

Rodrigo Leão's special guests will be The Durutti Column, Vini Reilly's legendary Manchester band playing a very rare London show, linked to the forthcoming 30 Years of Factory Records boxed set."

More on the Factory Records boxed set as and when it transpires.

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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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