21 Sep 2013
ACR to headline Blackpool Alfresco 2014 
A Certain Ratio

As mentioned briefly in our recent Always New Section 25 article, Blackpool's Cricket Club in Stanley Park will host the fourth instalment of the family-orientated Alfresco festival on Sunday 25 May 2014. As the name suggests, it's an outdoor event with plenty of activities to keep all ages happy including music (lots of it) via acts and DJs and various activities for the kids.

"This year there will be more stages including an all day disco marquee, more acts and more entertainment for children. We are hoping to attract 4000 people inc children and that will be a cut off for this event. We really want this to be the main event on the Fylde summer calendar showcasing music and art.."

Headlining will be A Certain Ratio with Factory chums Section 25 also performing live as well as Mr Scruff and Andrew Weatherall, who will perform an 'anything goes DJ set'. More entertainment will be announced in due course.

Tickets are available from Cowbell Radio priced from £10 upwards, various options available, including a £20 Access All Areas that entitles you to admission to the exclusive afterparty (limited to 300).

Back in July, Factory Benelux reissued the 1982 A Certain Ratio album I'd Like To See You Again (FBN 17 CD) with extra tracks that included the epic 12" version of Knife Slits Water as well as the original owner of the FBN 17 catalogue number, the single Guess Who.

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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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