31 Dec 2011
Section 25 live @ BimFest video clips 
With thanks to Chris here is a selection of YouTube clips of Section 25 playing at the recent BimFest:

Looking From A Hilltop

Process

Inner Drive

Dirty Disco

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21 Dec 2011
Secret story 
Due to unusually high response to the recent secret gig competition and to give everyone a chance, Section 25 will now pick an extra 3 entrants with the correct answer out of a hat on 14 Jan 2012 in addition to the first 3 correct answers previously announced.

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14 Dec 2011
Peter Hook & The Light UK Tour May/Jun 2012 
Following a packed programme of UK and international dates during 2011, most recently at The Lowry, Salford, Peter Hook and The Light have announced a new UK tour for May/June 2012. Mostly the gigs will feature the full in-sequence performance of Unknown Pleasures but there will be a London gig featuring Closer. In addition the band will play both Unknown Pleasures and Closer at Buxton Opera House on Saturday 25 February 2012.

Tickets for all shows go on sale from 9am on Friday 16 December 2011.

May

Fri 25 - Liverpool, O2 Academy (UP)
Sat 26 - Glasgow, Oran Mor (UP)
Sun 27 - Nottingham, Rescue Rooms (UP)
Tue 29 - Sheffield, Leadmill (UP)
Wed 30 - Birmingham, O2 Academy (UP)

June

Fri 1 - London, O2 Academy Islington (C)
Sat 2 - Oxford, O2 Academy (UP)

More info at www.peterhook.co.uk and Facebook

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The Wendys live @ Berkeley Suite, Glasgow 
The Wendys will be live at the Berkeley Suite in Glasgow on 4 February 2012. This will be the first full-set gig by the original line-up in over 14 years.

More info on the Wendys' new official Twitter.

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Exemplar - Joy Division moves to Manchester 
Exemplar: Joy Division, the Kevin Cummins photographic exhibition is moving from Proud Camden to the Manchester Photographic Gallery. The show opens on 6 January 2012 - exactly 33 years since the famous Hulme snow photographs were taken.

The following day, Kevin Cummins and drummer Stephen Morris will be in conversation on Saturday 7 January at 2pm at Manchester Photographic on Tariff St. There will be a screening of a short documentary about Kevin's work with Joy Division. Stephen and Kevin will then discuss the history of their 35-year professional relationship which is still as fertile as ever, as seen in the Feb issue of Mojo which features a huge New Order feature with new images by Cummins.

There will be plenty of time for questions from the audience. The pair will also sign copies of Kevin's recent Joy Division monograph (published by Rizzoli, New York) which is available to purchase on the day.

Copies can be reserved if you are unable to come to the event. Please email info@manchesterphotographic.com for details.

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12 Dec 2011
Section 25 secret gig competition 
Section 25 play Gullivers on Oldham Street in Manchester on 28 January 2012. Entry is six quid on the door, with no advance tickets available. However, if you can't make this, a secret gig is being held 'somewhere' in central Manchester on 3 February. This is a private gig, and not open to the general public, but Section 25 are making 3 pairs of tickets and other goodies available via an online competition.

Answer the question below, with your full name and address and email it to:

section25_management@hotmail.co.uk [not to Cerysmatic Fsctory]

Q: What was the B-side to Section 25's 1982 12" Factory single Fac 66?

The closing date will be midnight Satuarday 14 January 2012. The first three entrants with correct answers will receive: 1 pair of tickets to a secret Section 25 show in central Manchester on Friday 3 Feb 2012, 1 signed copy of Retrofit CD and 1 signed copy of Communicants DVD.

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7 Dec 2011
PreOrder:PreTroxy live @ The George 10 Dec 
New Order return to the UK on Saturday for their first gig in the UK since 2006, and anyone in the vicinity of the gig in the late afternoon should think about going along to a charity event organised by New Order tribute act Re:Order.

The Pre:Order event takes place at The George Tavern, 373 Commercial Road, just 600 yards down the road from the Troxy. The charity in question is the Special Care Baby Unit at Chase Farm Hospital and the event kicks off at 5pm and will be finished in time for everyone to catch New Order's support act, Jake Evans.

More info: Facebook, Re:Order website and The George Tavern.

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6 Dec 2011
Distractions retrospective out Spring 2012 
The long-awaited Distractions retrospective will be released on Hidden Masters in Spring 2012. It will include the impossibly-catchy Factory Records single FAC 12 Time Goes By So Slow in all its glory. All tracks will be fully remastered and will include the Nobody's Perfect album originally released via Island.

Around about the same time that the new studio album will be released on Occultation.

More info at thedistractions.co.uk

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"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."

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