20 Oct 2012
Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012 
The original line-up of the Happy Mondays will play 2 shows in the Shetland Islands on 14/15 December 2012. These will be the only Scottish gigs on the band's forthcoming European Tour.

Other former Factory acts who have played on the UK's most northerly islands include Peter Hook, The Durutti Column and Dermo from Northside.

Happy Mondays shows will take place in Shetland's new 600 capacity venue, Mareel.

Support comes from John Wean, The Revellers and Vertigo (DJ Aftershow).

Tickets available now priced 50.00 GBP online via Shetland Box Office at Isleburgh Community Centre.

Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012

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Peter Saville colour wheel
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)

The Durutti Column