26 Sep 2007
It's the swear...there bunch! 
Over thirty years on from that famous Lesser Free Trade Hall gig - immortalised in David Nolan's first book "I Swear I Was There" - The Sex Pistols will return to Manchester to play the M.E.N. Arena on Saturday 17th November 2007.

Coincidences abound: The Lesser Free Trade Hall became the victim of property developers (it is now a Radisson Edwardian Hotel), Pistols singer Johnny Rotten became a property developer; entry to the original gig on June 4th 1976 was GBP 0.50 pence, entry to the Arena gig will be GBP 37.50 pence!

Tickets will sell out on Friday 28th September 2007 at 9:30 am, via Ticketmaster.


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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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