26 Mar 2010
Freebass live @ The Factory MCR 2 Jun 2010 
Tickets for the live Manchester debut of Freebass on Wednesday 2 June 2010 @ The Factory will now go on sale on Monday 29 March 2010 via factorymanchester.com. There was some confusion over the date of the gig, with it being listed in some quarters as 3 June so the original on-sale date has been postponed.

Tickets for the London date @ the 100 Club on Tue 1 June went on sale today as planned and are still available at the time of writing via TicketWeb, GigsAndTours and other outlets priced 12.50 GBP.

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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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