6 Mar 2009
James and Happy Mondays for V Festival 2009 
Tickets went on sale today for this year's V Festival which takes place at Hylands Park and Weston Park over the weekend of 22/23 August 2009.

Amongst the acts confirmed to play are James (Weston Park 22/8, Hylands Parks 23/8) and Happy Mondays (exact days to be confirmed).

Non-ex-Fac delights include headliners Oasis and The Killers plus The Specials, British Sea Power, The Ting Tings and Elbow.

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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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