23 Feb 2009
ACR set for Motel Mozaïque 2009 
A Certain Ratio are set to play the Motel Mozaïque 2009 Festival on Saturday 11 April 2009. The music, performance and art festival takes place at various music, theatre and art venues in the city centre of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

The rest of the music line-up includes Röyksopp and ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and 2manydjs and a host of other acts.

With belated thanks to Berb on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board. Also, another gig scheduled for the week before in Tilburg [in Dutch] has been cancelled. Cheers to Up North (and sorry we missed announcing it was even on!) on the same thread.

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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."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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