16 Nov 2011
Section 25 @ Blackpool Art Fair 
As part of the 2011 Blackpool Art Fair at The Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool there will be a special foyer exhibition of Section 25's back catalogue including album artwork by Peter Saville, band memorabilia and other historical material documenting the history of the band from the early days up to the present.

The show will also include a tribute to the art of Larry Cassidy, a founder member of the band who sadly passed away in 2010. The exhibition will run from 19 November 2011 until 14 January 2012.

As a special close to The Blackpool Art Fair, on 14 January 2012, the band will perform an all-seated, semi-acoustic recital followed by a Q&A session with the audience which will be facilitated by modern music pundit John Robb.

The exhibition and concert will be at The Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, Lancs FY1 1PX (Tel: 01253 478170). Doors open 8pm and entrance is free with advance tickets available from the Grundy reception.

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Kevin Cummins Joy Division Q&A @ Proud 
Kevin Cummins will be at Proud Camden, the venue for his latest ongoing exhibition Exemplar: Joy Division, to answer questions about his unique relationship with the band and to sign copies of his book Joy Division (Rizzoli) the lavishly hardbacked collection of photographs of the band and related ephemera by Kevin Cummins published by Rizzoli.

The event is on Saturday 26 November 2011 from 11.30-12.30pm. Admission is free, by reservation only and spaces are limited. Please email booksigning@proudgalleries.co.uk or call 020 7839 4942 to secure places. Joy Division is available for purchase from Proud Camden for £25.

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Proud Camden
The Horse Hospital
The Stables Market
Chalk Farm Road
London NW1 8AH

Tel: 020 7482 3867

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15 Nov 2011
Simon Worrall 
Simon Worrall, drummer from the Paris Angels died suddenly last week (1 Nov 2011).

A Fund has been launched to help Simon’s family pay for his funeral the details are:

Account number: 00304648
Sort Code: 16-30-13
Account name: Big Si

Please include your name and give what you can.

Obituary By John Robb (originally published on Louder Than War

The Paris Angels were one of the great lost bands of the baggy Madchester era.

From the east side of the city, hailing from Guide Bridge, Ashton-under-Lyne, they were made up of total music heads, fanatics who were just too young for punk but grew up with its shadow over them they went through all the cool musics. By the time I caught up with them- to interview them for Sounds in the late eighties they were walking musical encyclopedias. They were not rock stars- just smart kids who made music as valid as the soon to be big bands in the city.
Simon was their drummer, a big lad with a big grin.

I remember meeting Simon that day and he was really affable- a great drummer and a total dude. I would see him round town at gigs and clubs and he was always the same.

They were very much part of the early Roses/Mondays scene and were regular faces at the gigs, I would see them all the time hanging out at the legendary Boardwalk club checking out all the latest bands or at the Hacienda living the day-glo dream.

The band were very much part of the scene infrastructure, Paul ‘Wags’ Wagstaff, the guitar player would later be in Black Grape and the reformed Happy Mondays, Mark Adj- is the brother of ‘the Adge’ the Stone Roses fifth member and mainstay whilst the rest of the band was made up of scene faces, Rikki Turner, Steven Taji, Scott Carey- the original Inspiral’s bass player who nearly joined the Stone Roses just before Mani- as well as singer Jane Gill and Simon Worrall himself.

The band were heavily into the post punk and Velvet Underground scenes but with a genuine raw council estate take on the music. When acid house came they combined the two in a genuine way that many others tried to fake. Their single ‘Perfume’ is one of the classics of the era produced by Michael Johnson; and released on Sheer Joy records. It stands the test of time- a great piece of melancholic, psychedelic Manc-pop. A classic of its era.

There were other singles and a proper record deal with Virgin and a new single ‘Fade’ and the re-released ‘Perfume’ to back up the Paris Angels only album, ‘Sundew’, John Peel recognised the band’s talent and gave them a session- unusual as he was never a champion of the Madchester scene, maybe he saw something different in the band…

They fell apart in 1991 as Madchester went out of fashion and their lives became too crazy.

Farewell Simon, you will be missed.
3 Nov 2011
Peter Hook & The Light live @ The Castle 
Peter Hook and The Light will perform a special warm-up gig at the 300 capacity Castle in Oldham on 16 November ahead of their two sold out Lowry shows at The Lowry the following weekend. Support comes from new Manchester band Mr Lizard.

Tickets priced £15 plus 1.50 booking fee are available from the venue or Ticketline.

More info at: www.peterhook.co.uk | Facebook

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Section 25 live @ Gullivers, MCR 28.01.12 
Section 25 have just announced a new gig at Gullivers on Oldham Street in Manchester on Saturday 28 January 2012. Support comes from Sam Moran and AAAK.

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Gullivers
109 Oldham St
Manchester
M4 1LW

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1 Nov 2011
New Order live at the Troxy 10.12.11 
Following the huge success of their recent sold out shows in Brussels and Paris, New Order announce their first London show for five years at TROXY, in Commercial Road, London E1 on Saturday 10 December 2011.

Tickets go on sale 9am, Friday November 4th 2011 via www.troxy.co.uk / www.ticketline.co.uk

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Minny Pops UK Tour 2012 
Minny Pops are playing 4 gigs in January (Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester and London) and then (outside of a gig in Amsterdam) that's it, probably for ever... To coincide, there's also a 1981 archive live CD/DVD called Standstill to Motion (LTM Recordings), which documents performances by the band in Amsterdam and New York coming out via LTM - more info to follow.

January 2012 itinerary

Thu 19 - The Plug, Sheffield
Fri 20 - The Brudenell Social Club, Leeds
Sat 21 - Gullivers, Manchester
Mon 23 - (Upstairs at) The Garage, London

Support comes from Rats on Rafts.

More info at minnypops.com

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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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