23 Sep 2013
ESG plan bedtime KOKO for 2014 

One of the first acts to ever grace the stage at the legendary Hacienda and the first American act to 'sign' for Factory Records have announced a European exclusive!

ESG, who regrouped a few years back, will return with a special one-off show at London's KOKO venue on Friday 17th January 2014. The band is currently celebrating its 35th anniversary since forming in 1978.

A tightly-knit family unit of minimalist new-wave funk and bass-heavy party-soul, Emerald, Sapphire and Gold initially hooked up with Factory producer Martin Hannett during his short spell in New York producing A Certain Ratio's To Each in 1980. Despite not being surrounded by his usual technology and 'toys', Hannett helped the sisters create one of hip-hop's most sampled EPs, You're No Good, and in particular the flipside of FAC 34 UFO, which remains a key component of many a homeboy's crate to this day.

Tickets for this rare show are on sale now and you can pick them up via Allgigs here, priced from £22.50. You can expect You're No Good, UFO, Moody and other classics from the past and the present to lift the roof off Camden's KOKO in typical South Bronx party style.

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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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