27 Jul 2008
Guitars & Other Machines 
The Hydro Connect Festival at Inverary Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll, Scotland on 29-31 August seems to have immersed itself quite freely in the spirit of Factory Records.

For a start there are stages called Guitars & Other Machines and Unknown Pleasures and the food area is called The Circuses & Bread Field.

A glance down the bill reveals that amongst the acts set to play are Friendly Fires and Kinky Afro.

Throw in some Andrew Weatherall and Neil Landstrumm for good measure and one begins to wonder if there is a secret plan...



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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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