6 Apr 2005
The Durutti Column live in Belgium 
Last Saturday's show at the Rhaaa Lovely Festival in Namur, Belgium was apparently a storming success. More details soon.

Meanwhile, further details have emerged about the cancelled Stoke-on-Trent gig. A contract to play was signed between the venue and the band and tickets should have gone on sale. Unfortunately it never happened but it is hoped that the date can be rearranged for early June.

The previously announced gig in Glasgow (as part of the 10 Days In May Festival) will take place at King Tut's Wah Wah Hut on a date to be confirmed.

Many thanks to Phil Jones for info.



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Biting Tongues

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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