20 Mar 2007
Manchester International Festival 2007 
It's all gearing up for the inaugural Manchester International Festival as a big announcement is made in the MEN regarding the headliners for the event.

They report that "An important 'first' will be screenings of footage of The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks at their historic Free Trade Hall gig on July 20, 1976, filmed by music legend Howard Devoto and a friend. The film has never been seen before and documents a show that helped to cement Manchester's place in musical history, influencing the likes of Joy Division, The Smiths, Simply Red and The Fall."

The live bands announced by festival director, Alex Poots (who was once associated with Factory Classical) include Happy Mondays and The Fall.

There's also a big Manchester at MIPIM (big Cannes property bash) brochure which heavily features Peter Saville's Manchester graphic identity paper version of tonight's paper, but nothing is available online.

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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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