3 May 2010
Peter Hook & The Light plus Sum Ratios 
Wednesday 19 May is now confirmed as both the debut gig for Sum Ratios, the new band featuring Jez Kerr, Peter Terrell and Simon Topping and a second date (following on from the 18th) for Peter Hook and The Light who will be performing Unknown Pleasures live at The Factory.

Furthermore, Hooky revealed last night on his spoken word tour that Simon Topping is replacing Crispy Ambulance's Alan Hempsall on vocals and that he will also be joined by Rowetta (who sang with The Light at the opening night of The Factory).

Meanwhile, check out the new Sum Ratios page on Facebook.

In the light of the recent cancellation of the Ian Curtis exhibition in Macclesfield due to a funding shortfall, further details have emerged of the exhibition of Joy Division artefacts which will run in the boardroom of The Factory on and around 18/19 May. There will be at least six display cases of Joy Division artefacts. Scenes of Joy Division in rehearsal and in the recording studio will be recreated using original equipment including original items belonging to the late Martin Hannett.

Update: The exhibition will run from 12 noon on Sunday 16 May until 6pm on Wednesday 19 May.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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