20 May 2005
The Boys Are Back In Town 

Happy Mondays play their first Manchester show in 5 years on 29 October at the Manchester Evening News Arena. Tickets have just gone on sale as of 9am BST this morning. The Farm, Stereo MCs and guest DJs provide support. They will also play dates in London and Glasgow.

Saturday 29 October
Doors: 19:30 - 01:00 (special late licence)

Tickets: 28.50 GBP
On sale: 09:00 Friday 21 May
SJM: 0871 2200 260
M.E.N. Arena: 0870 190 8000
Piccadilly Box Office: 0161 832 1111



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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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