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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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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