11 Nov 2009
Manchester Music @ MOSI 
Stephen Morris (recently seen discussing Manchester music with Kevin Cummins and Paul Morley) is to lead a debate about the Manchester music scene past, present and future at MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry), Liverpool Road, Manchester, on Friday 27 November 2009 at 7.30pm.

In the Stephen Morris and friends Manchester music debate, he will talk to ex-Hacienda DJ Graeme Park about their own experiences, the Factory days and what that Manchester music scene might look like in years to come. Morris and Park will be joined by founder of City Life and MD of SKV Communications, Andy Spinoza, and club entrepreneur Ross MacKenzie (owner of One Central Street, Purple Pussycat and Black Dog Ballroom).

The audience will then be invited to ask questions, with Park compering the debate.

The debate starts at 7.30pm and the doors and bar open at 6.30pm.

Ticket prices £5 in advance, £8 on the door, available at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or call 0844 847 2261 (24 hours)

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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."

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