11 Jun 2009
This year's Tony Wilson Experience - Reification event has been cancelled reports the Manchester Evening News. Apparently it took so long to set up the company to run the event there was not enough time left to actual do the event-running. The pragmatic view being taken seems to be that it might perhaps be better to run the event every two years, in between the Manchester International Festival.

Peter Saville, whose idea it all was in the first place, is quoted as saying "What's happened is an indication of just how much effort and commitment and work it takes to do something like that. This hasn't been anybody's job, its all extra curricular. I think it was a lot to put together in a relatively short time. If the city was able to do it every two years it would be fine."



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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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