21 Sep 2013
ACR to headline Blackpool Alfresco 2014 
A Certain Ratio

As mentioned briefly in our recent Always New Section 25 article, Blackpool's Cricket Club in Stanley Park will host the fourth instalment of the family-orientated Alfresco festival on Sunday 25 May 2014. As the name suggests, it's an outdoor event with plenty of activities to keep all ages happy including music (lots of it) via acts and DJs and various activities for the kids.

"This year there will be more stages including an all day disco marquee, more acts and more entertainment for children. We are hoping to attract 4000 people inc children and that will be a cut off for this event. We really want this to be the main event on the Fylde summer calendar showcasing music and art.."

Headlining will be A Certain Ratio with Factory chums Section 25 also performing live as well as Mr Scruff and Andrew Weatherall, who will perform an 'anything goes DJ set'. More entertainment will be announced in due course.

Tickets are available from Cowbell Radio priced from £10 upwards, various options available, including a £20 Access All Areas that entitles you to admission to the exclusive afterparty (limited to 300).

Back in July, Factory Benelux reissued the 1982 A Certain Ratio album I'd Like To See You Again (FBN 17 CD) with extra tracks that included the epic 12" version of Knife Slits Water as well as the original owner of the FBN 17 catalogue number, the single Guess Who.

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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.

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