17 Mar 2011
The Durutti Column live at Bridgewater Hall 
This is a reminder that tickets are still available for The Durutti Column's showcase gig in the amazing surroundings of the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester on 30 April 2011.

The band's as-yet-untitled biographical album is being released on the night and will also be played live in what will be a World Premiere. Expect to also hear live tracks from the band's enormous back catalogue of over 30 albums. The album will also include a selection of Vini Reilly's photographs.

Buy your tickets now online direct from the venue. Prices start at £18.00.

There are still some premium tickets available priced £29.00 (available by calling the Box Office on +44 (0)161 907 9000 only - subject to availability) which will include a free copy of the new album. Please note this offer is not available for online bookings.

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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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