8 May 2005
ACR live @ Les Subsistances, Lyon 
A Certain Ratio and James Chance and the Contortions played a special concert last night to celebrate the end of Nuits Sonores 2005 in Lyon. The splendid setting was Les Subsistances, the arts and cultural centre on the bank of the River Saone which had also played host to the Central Station Design exhibition during the previous month.

The lighting and particularly the sound were excellent both excellent given the cavernous setting in an indoor cobblestone courtyard. ACR played a good set (see full listing below) to a decent crowd which was enthusiastic despite most of them probably being unfamiliar with the material.

The full six-person line-up was employed: Jez Kerr (bass, vocals), Tony Quigley (sax, keyboards), Martin Moscrop (guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), Denise Johnson (vocals) and Liam (occasional effects and keyboards).

Highlights included a great 'Wonder Y' (which also marked Denise's appearance on stage), the house piano-tinged 'Won't Stop Loving You', 'Shack Up' (which got everyone dancing) and traditional encore 'Si Firmi' featuring everyone hitting or shaking something and, towards the end, a new backing tape which drew to a crescendo. And then the end.


Do the Do
And Then Again
Wonder Y
Turn Me On
Wild Party
Shack Up
Si Firmi

* - all spellings from Mr Moscrop's handwritten list

Transcript of ticket

Arty Farty presente:
Festival Nuits Sonores
Les Subsistances - 69001 Lyon
James Chance and The Contortions
A Certain Ratio
Concert Special / Subsistances
Samedi 7 Mai 2005
A partir de 21h30


Salut Christophe, Richard, Cedric, Violaine, Vincent, Cecile and the TLM video crew.

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