6 Nov 2009
Happy Mondays Versus Cancer 
Back by popular demand and fresh from their US tour, Happy Mondays are the latest addition to the line-up for Versus Cancer on Saturday 12 December 2009 which already includes Snow Patrol, James' Tim Booth, Jim Glennie, and Larry Gott, Andy Rourke, Peter Hook and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. More acts are to be announced.

Money raised will go towards helping cancer patients in the region.

Tickets for the concert are priced from £32.50 and are available from Ticketmaster, See Tickets and Ticketline.

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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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