19 Mar 2009
A Paean for Wilson 
The full line-up for this summer's Manchester International Festival which runs from 2-19 July 2009 was announced today. The highlight for Factory Records fans is a 3-night residency by The Durutti Column who perform a specially-commissioned work in honour of the late Tony Wilson.

The Durutti Column (Vini Reilly, Bruce Mitchell, Keir Stewart and Poppy Morgan plus special guest John Metcalfe) will perform the new instrumental work A Paean for Wilson written by Vini Reilly.

The venue will be The Pavilion Theatre tent in Albert Square with shows taking place at 8pm on 15-17 July 2009. Tickets priced GBP 16.50 (9.00 concs) are on sale from Thursday 19 March at 15:00 GMT from mif.co.uk or by telephoning 0844 815 4960. No per ticket booking fee (transaction fee applies).

Other MIF highlights include Kraftwerk plus Steve Reich at the Manchester Velodrome, Elbow with the Hallé Orchestra at the Bridgewater Hall, Lauri Anderson and Lou Reed at the Palace and De La Soul at The Ritz.

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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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