28 Sep 2009
Blurring the edges 
Beyond The Loop is 4 nights of modern classical and contemporary music brought to you by John Metcalfe and running from Wed-Sat 7-10 October at swanky Kings Place in London.

"British mould-breakers blurring the edges of electronic and contemporary music"

Featuring: The Durutti Column | The Bays | Simon Hale | The Heritage Orchestra | The Duke Quartet | Plaid | Red Snapper | Ensemble Bash | Jon Hopkins feat. Davide Rossi | The John Metcalfe Band

Full line-up as follows:

Wednesday 7 October

Ensemble Bash 7.30pm
Red Snapper 9pm

Thursday 8 October

The John Metcalfe Band 7.30pm
Jon Hopkins (with visuals by Myogenic) 9pm

Friday 9 October

The Duke Quartet 7.30pm
The Durutti Column 9pm

Saturday 10 October

Plaid 7.30pm
The Bays / Simon Hale / John Metcalfe / The Heritage Orchestra 9pm

All concerts in Hall One, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG

To book tickets priced from £6.50 ring 020 7520 1490 or visit kingsplace.co.uk

Meanwhile check out the newly-updated/created John Metcalfe website and Facebook group.

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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)

The Durutti Column