26 Mar 2014
Meltdown with ESG, 23 Skidoo & Acid Brass 
James Lavelle's Meltdown with ESG, 23 Skidoo & Jeremy Deller's Acid Brass

James Lavelle (UNKLE, Mo' Wax) is this year's Meltdown curator at London's South Bank and he has concocted a stylistically varied line-up that includes Neneh Cherry, Edwyn Collins, Mark Lanegan, Goldie and it isn't without a Factory Records connection. New York No-Wavers ESG (last seen on these shores playing dates in January) perform on 21 June with 23 Skidoo. They are followed the next day by Jeremy Deller's classic Acid Brass featuring the Fairey Band.

Tickets go on sale 1 April (South Bank members) and 3 April (general sale).

More info at southbankcentre.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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