4 Feb 2012
Hail Gillian! 
After their recent sell out Troxy show (and selected South American dates), New Order has confirmed a UK mini-tour Spring 2012. Tickets went on sale yesterday and two Manchester and one London dates have already sold out (apologies for being late on this one but we've been otherwise engaged). All dates will feature the continuing return of Gillian Gilbert and are in addition to selected international festival dates.


26 - Apollo, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
27 - Apollo, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
29 - Ballroom, Birmingham [Tickets]


2 - Brixton Academy, London [SOLD OUT]
2 - Brixton Academy, London [Extra date] [Tickets]
5 - Academy, Glasgow [Tickets]

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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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