8 Jul 2009
Massey's Moonlanding @ Islington Mill 
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Mission

Sunday 19 July 2009

Featuring live performances from:

BITING TONGUES (Factory Records)
PADDY STEER (Homelife/ Red Deer Club Records)
LA77 (Timbreland Records)
MASSONIX (Skam Records)

The Mercury Seven DJ Team feat:
KELVIN BROWN (Eyes Down/Electric Chair)
Islington Mill
James Street
M3 5HW

5.00/8.00 GBP

In order to celebrate 40 years since man first stepped off the earth and onto the moon, we bring you a space cabaret. Numerous musicians will perform one-off interpretations of the space pioneers and visual artists from across the country will transform Islington Mill into a journey through the start. In addition there will be a Lunar Module Ceremony, in which various model makers have been invited to reconstruct “The Eagle”. But will she fly?

Details are as follows:

BITING TONGUES – back from their own 30 years in deep space. You sent them out there – now hear a full mission report.


Various artists will address the music of the space pioneers:

- May Ming reinterpret Les Baxter’s Music Out of the Moon (chosen as Neil Armstrong’s personal cassette on the Apollo 11 mission)
- Paddy Steer recalibrates music from Joe Meek’s “I Hear a New World”
- LA77 rewires Dick Hyman's "Moon gas"
- Matt Halsall plugs in his trumpet for some Classic Space Jazz
- Ken Hollings connects suburbia to outer space in his lecture "Welcome to Mars"
- Massonix will perform "Pulsars", a suite for radio waves from the Jodrell Bank Radio Telescope


We have invited various model makers to reconstruct "The Eagle". But will she fly? "You've got a bunch of guys about to turn blue!"

The Mercury Seven a DJ team brought together from a rigorous selection process of clinical, endurance and psychological testing. Who will be first in orbit: Kelvin Brown, Graham Massey, John McCready, LA77? Only four survived.


Aware of the fact that NASA's free footage has been used to death in trippy visuals from the 1960s through to the present day, we will celebrate its overuse by using it to death. It's all we've got left!

Visuals by Soup Collective – Royal College of Art Moving Image Collective

Conspiracists and doubters: we provide a room for your turgid debates (the anechoic chamber at Salford University).

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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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