13 Feb 2014
The spectacle of the alternative* 

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for ex-Factory Records hitting the road and we summarise the key runners and riders.

A Certain Ratio play Under The Bridge, London on Friday 21 February (corrected!). Tickets are available priced 20.00 GBP plus booking fee via SeeTickets and AGMP. Ale-fancying FAC fans may wish to join Cerysmatic at the Bricklayer's Arms Yorkshire Beer Festival in Putney from 5pm.

A Factory Night on Record Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 2014 sees the live return of Crispy Ambulance alongside Section 25 and Minny Pops (and not forgetting DJ FAC Col) at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Tickets for this one are available in person at face value via Vinyl Revival on Hilton Street in Manchester and online via TicketLine for 10.00 plus booking fee.

Further Crispy Ambulance gigs are set for Leeds and Bury later in the year as follows:

The Belgrave, Leeds - Saturday 26 April 2014 [Buy tickets]
The Met, Bury - Monday 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday)
The Lexington, London - Saturday 6 September [Buy Tickets]

The original line-up of Northside has reunited and they have a full UK tour lined up as follows:

April 12 - Brixton Jamm, London [Buy tickets]
April 17 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Buy tickets]
April 18 - The Venue, Derby [Buy tickets]
April 19 - The Cross, Birmingham [Buy tickets]
April 24 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow [Buy tickets]
May 3 - Club Academy, Manchester [Buy tickets]

Finally, Vini Reilly makes a long-awaited return to live action on 21 May as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival in Manchester. He will be interviewed by Dave Haslam and then perform live on stage, his first proper show since April 2011. Tickets are on sale now via WeGotTickets priced 9.00 GBP plus booking fee.

* or the alternative to the spectacle?

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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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