11 Oct 2009
ACR @ Plan K & Concorde 2 
There are two A Certain Ratio gigs coming up - one old and one new:

On Saturday 12 December they return to Plan K after 30 years to headline A Factory Night (And then again) at Plan K in Brussels. This unique night also features Section 25, Biting Tongues, The Wake and The Names plus much more at one of Brussels' most historic venues.

Plan K / La Raffinerie
Rue De Manchester
Brussels
Belgium

12 December 2009 from 18.00
EUR 25

And then ACR play alongside the godfather of UK Acid house, Danny Rampling & Justin Robertson, Transformer and many more at the Concorde 2 in Brighton on 7 March 2010.

Concorde 2
Maderia Shelter Hall
Maderia Drive
Brighton

Doors: 17.00
£15

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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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