21 Dec 2004
The Durutti Column end 2004, their most successful year ever, with news of a renewed working partnership with Tony Wilson's new label F4. The band have come to an informal download only deal with ex-manager and record label boss, Wilson. The deal was cut over a lunchtime curry in Manchester's cultural Northern Quarter and in traditional Wilson/Durutti style, no written contract was exchanged. The first 6-track offering will be brand new material and should be ready for release by Midem in late January.

The Durutti Column launch their live 2005 shows with a unique gig in the Shetland Isles on 16 February 2005. As Vini Reilly says "These kind of remote areas are the places where people need good download availabilities. We are taking our live show up to the people in the far north, to help highlight our download service with F4".

Confirmed 2005 tour dates (so far):


16 Methodist Church, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, [Box office tbc]


24 - Cockpit, Leeds, Swinegate, LS1 4AG. Box Office: Jumbo records 01132455570. www.seetickets.com


14 - Islington Academy, N1 Centre,16 Parkfield St, London N1 OPS Ticketweb, Wayahead, 0115 912 9000, Stargreen: 0207 734 8932

15 - The Underground, Morley Street, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire ST1

www.seetickets.com 0115 912 9000

16 - The Academy, Oxford Road, Manchester. Piccadilly Box Office: 0161 832 1111. Ticketline, Wayahead


16 - Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain.

News courtesy of Phil Jones at Phil Jones Presents.

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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

- extract from the LTM Biting Tongues biography

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