23 Aug 2019
Stockholm Monsters live at The Library Theatre, 1983 
Stockholm Monsters live at Library Theatre, Manchester

On stage 8.30
The Stockholm Monsters
The Library Theatre
Wednesday 15 June
7.30 - 10.30


Original flyer for 1983 gig by Stockholm Monsters from the AHW Collection at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester. See Instagram highlight on main News page for more artefacts from the Collection.

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Minny Pops live archive 1978 to present 
Minny Pops live archive

Whilst Cerysmatic was on hiatus (again), I couldn't totally stop myself from working on Fac-related projects. The Durutti Column and A Certain Ratio Gigographies are two examples where, in both cases, I converted and enhanced the existing gig listings created and curated by Mike Mitchell over the years and turned them into a new section of the Durutti website and a wholly new Gigography site for ACR. Any and all contributions to the Gigographies are gratefully accepted by the way.

Another project was building a completely new Minny Pops website at minnypops.com. Wally van Middendorp handed over the keys to the Minny Pops vaults and I went in there digging for gold. The most impressive aspect of Wally's record-keeping was his creation (and retention) of a complete set of gig records for the band going all the way back to late 1978, initially ending in 1981 and then jumping forward in time to the band's 2012 reunion and subsequent reinvention as artpop conceptualists. With photos also archived for many of these dates it lent itself to the creation of a complete list of every gig played by Minny Pops replete with the band line-up at the time and the setlist.

Hopefully more Minny Pops projects are in the pipeline. Watch this space (and that space) for more info.

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21 Aug 2019
RIP Tim Walsh 
Tim Walsh (Northside) - pic credit AJ Barratt
Pic credit: AJ Barratt, NME, 11 May 1991

It came as a shock to hear that Tim Walsh, lead guitarist of Manchester band Northside had passed away suddenly on the evening of 19 August 2019.

Most people will have heard of Tim due to his time during the early 90's as a member of Northside.

The band signed to Factory Records, released 3 successful singles and a Top 20 Album, 'Chicken Rhythms' and, for those of a certain age in the North West, provided the music for 'Granada Soccer Night'.

The band toured extensively across the UK, Europe, America and the Far East building a loyal fanbase who rapturously welcomed the band back to the live circuit in 2014.

I met Tim on a number of occasions and always found him to be friendly with a great sense of humour, very humble and almost unaware of the natural talent he had.

As well as being a accomplished guitarist he was also a highly skilled sound engineer, working for over 25 years for Mersey TV, initially on 'Brookside' before moving onto 'Hollyoaks'.

There have been many tributes over the last 24 hours on Social Media, from the band, musicians, and fans. This one from a member of the Hollyoaks cast says it all...

"So shocked and sad, we lost and amazing, gentle generous, cool great guy today. So many people will truly miss you."

RIP Tim, gone too soon.

- Iain Key, for Cerysmatic Factory

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19 Aug 2019
Warehouse Project 2019 - Haçienda Classical / A Certain Ratio 
Warehouse Project 2019 - Haçienda Classical / A Certain Ratio

The Warehouse Project returns to Manchester in the autumn of 2019 and there's a special FAC 51 The Hacienda evening on Saturday 12 October. Live on stage there's Hacienda Classical, Soul II Soul and, returning to their home city, A Certain Ratio. Plus, there's a huge line-up of Hacienda alumni on the DJ roster including Pickering & Park,



Haçienda Classical
Soul II Soul
A Certain Ratio


Louie Vega
David Morales
Marshall Jefferson
Mike Pickering
Graeme Park
Greg Wilson
Arthur Baker
Justin Robertson
K Klass
Tom Wainwright

Plus very special guests, the return of Sub Sub (DJ set)

18:00 – 03:00 | DEPOT (MAYFIELD)

GBP 35.00 + Booking fee [Buy Tickets]

Warehouse Project 2019 - Haçienda Classical / A Certain Ratio

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A Certain Ratio Gigography - 2019 
A Certain Ratio Gigography - 2019

A Certain Ratio continued one of their busiest gigging years for a long time with a 3-festival burst at We Out Here, Green Man and Hardwick Live. All of these are documented in the A Certain Ratio Gigography which was a development project during the Cerysmatic hiatus.

ACR 2019 live - the story so far

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