13 Oct 2014
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October 
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October

Here's a reminder this Friday sees Happy Mondays headline a very special charity event to raise money for the Chico's Kickin' Cancer fund. Northern Uproar and Peter Hook are also on the bill.

Paul Ryder, Chico's father says "Tickets are going fast for the special fundraiser we're doing at The Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday October 17th. We're playing a full set, plus there will be support from Northern Uproar and another band we're not allowed to name, plus DJ sets from Mani, Clint Boon and 808 State, plus some top secret celebrity special guests. We'll be auctioning a load of signed memorabilia, plus hosting the night is top LA comedian Tony Cascio. Don't miss out."

A limited number of "smart dress" £39 tickets are available now via chicoskickincancer.com.

Chico's Kickin' Cancer is at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday 17 October 2014.

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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."

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