20 Oct 2012
Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012 
The original line-up of the Happy Mondays will play 2 shows in the Shetland Islands on 14/15 December 2012. These will be the only Scottish gigs on the band's forthcoming European Tour.

Other former Factory acts who have played on the UK's most northerly islands include Peter Hook, The Durutti Column and Dermo from Northside.

Happy Mondays shows will take place in Shetland's new 600 capacity venue, Mareel.

Support comes from John Wean, The Revellers and Vertigo (DJ Aftershow).

Tickets available now priced 50.00 GBP online via Shetland Box Office at Isleburgh Community Centre.

Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012

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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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