25 October 2014
Minny Pops @ Tuesdays Post 2 November 
Minny Pops @ Tuesdays Post 2 November

2014 10 25
On the seventh day, restless

On Sunday 2 November 2014, Minny Pops will take part in November's edition of the monthly Tuesdays Post evening at The Others in Stoke Newington, London. Good people, innovative music, comfortable sofas.

In honour of the re-release of their debut recording, Minny Pops' 16-minute performance will deconstruct and construct a song from Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement.

Minny Pops will be on stage at 10.14pm sharp. Doors 7pm, 5 quid.

More info at minnypops.com.

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The Names are back at thenames.be 
The Names

As flagged earlier this year, our friends in Belgium, The Names are back - recording a new album and with their new website at thenames.be.

Michel Sordinia (vocals and bass guitar) and Marc Deprez (guitars), with Christophe Boulenger on keyboards and Laurent Loddewijckx on drums will be in the Noise Factory studio in Wierde from tomorrow to work on the new album 'Nowherarians', a double album of totally new songs, and will follow its 2015 release with a string of new concerts.

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14 October 2014
The Deeply Vale Box 
Finally after 18 years of research, The Deeply Vale Box will be released in the UK in late October 2014 and worldwide a bit later. This beautiful book and box set will be limited to 500 boxes worldwide - the 272 page A4 book is mainly colour and is housed in a box with 6 CDs and a pack of incense. Put on one of the CDs, open the book, light an incense stick to burn and transport yourself back to the mid 70s to early 80s Deeply Vale Festivals, as well as the Rivington Pike Festivals and the Manchester Rock Against Racism Concerts.

Deeply Vale was important as it was the first of the free festivals to open its stage to Punk and New Wave bands and it was also intertwined with the Manchester Rock Against Racism movement. Long before any other festival it crossed the hippy punk divide; its where Planet Gong/Here and Now met The Fall and hippy sound man Grant Showbiz would strike up a 35 year relationship as producer for The Fall. Here and Now would take The Fall, Danny and the Dressmakers (with Graham Massey), Wilful Damage and Alternative TV on their anarchic tours after Deeply Vale. The Ruts were formed in a tent at Deeply Vale in 1977 after two members of London Funk band Hit and Run saw the The Drones perform a punk set on stage. The 1978 Festival not only included Steve Hillage, Here and Now and Nik Turner but also The Fall, The Durutti Column and The Ruts.

The book features interviews with and/or written contributions from Andy Kershaw, Stuart Maconie, Andy McCluskey of OMD, Martin Coogan and Steve Cowen of the Mock Turtles, Mark E Smith of The Fall, Marc Riley, Spizz Energi, Boff Whalley from Chumbawamba, Graham Massey of 808 State, Vini Reilly, Graham Clark of Gong, Grant Showbiz, Steve Hillage, Jimi Goodwin (Doves), Ian Brown, Andy Rourke, Mark Hodkinson, Mick Middles, Luke Bainbridge and more.

The six live music CDs include Steve Hillage, Nik Turner’s Sphynx, The Fall (unreleased tracks live at Deeply Vale), Visitor 2035, Danny and The Dressmakers (full sets from the festival includes Graham Massey 808 State), Aqua, Here and Now, Wilful Damage, The Ruts, SFW, Salford Jets, Victim, Free Ride, Durutti Column, Brenda and The Hot Dicks, Red Eyes, Aspell, Andy T, Blue Midnight feat Grant Showbiz, George Borowski, Tony Crabtree, Accident on The East Lancs, Victor Brox Blues Train, Howard The Duck, Rockslide (forerunner of the Drones), Movement Banned, Elti Fits, The Tunes, Trevor Hyett, Whitefire, Victor Drago, The Trend, Drive by Night, The Out, Fast Cars, Mudanzas, Vibrant Thigh, NotSensibles, Stuffed Badgers, Rivington Spyke, No Change, No Mystery, Murmo Schultz, Bill Pod and The Stocks, Trevor Hyett, Alchemist, The Joint Rolling Contest, & John Keegan.

The Deeply Vale Box Set is available to pre-order now direct with Paypal from Ozit Morpheus for 73.00 GBP plus 11.00 GBP UK postage. Payments and all enquiries to hawkethos@which.net.

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13 October 2014
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October 
Chico's Kickin' Cancer 17 October

Here's a reminder this Friday sees Happy Mondays headline a very special charity event to raise money for the Chico's Kickin' Cancer fund. Northern Uproar and Peter Hook are also on the bill.

Paul Ryder, Chico's father says "Tickets are going fast for the special fundraiser we're doing at The Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday October 17th. We're playing a full set, plus there will be support from Northern Uproar and another band we're not allowed to name, plus DJ sets from Mani, Clint Boon and 808 State, plus some top secret celebrity special guests. We'll be auctioning a load of signed memorabilia, plus hosting the night is top LA comedian Tony Cascio. Don't miss out."

A limited number of "smart dress" £39 tickets are available now via chicoskickincancer.com.

Chico's Kickin' Cancer is at the Palace Hotel in Manchester on Friday 17 October 2014.

More info on Facebook.

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01 October 2014
ESG and ACR live @ WeekendFest 
Weekend Fest Koln, Germany, 27-30 November 2014

The Weekend Fest in Köln (Cologne), Germany which runs from 27-29 November 2014 has a distinctly Factory flavour to it with both ESG (Emerald, Sapphire and Gold) and ACR (A Certain Ratio) featuring prominently on the bill.

ESG (who recently made a surprise appearance at Glastonbury are onstage at 23:45 on Friday 28 November 2014.

The following night (and even later) ACR are on at midnight.

The decidedly non-FAC (but nonetheless brilliant) Teenage Fanclub headline the Thursday night.

Other delights include a Jarvis Cocker DJ set after ESG.

More details including ticket info (weekend tickets at 88 Euro) at weekendfest.de/

Thursday 27 November - 22:45 - Teenage Fanclub
Friday 28 November - 23:45 - ESG
Sat 29 November - Midnight - ACR

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Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas 
Happy Mondays - Excess All Areas - A Biography by Simon Spence

Biographer Simon Spence (The Stone Roses: War and Peace) tells the story of how Happy Mondays came to provide the soundtrack to Britain's last great youth movement - Madchester. Based on extensive interviews with the band and key associates and including 30 unseen photographs, many from the band's own private collection, he reveals the truth behind the mythic stories that ensured their outlaw reputation, and unravels the chaos that led to the group's ultimate implosion and the tragic collapse of Factory Records.

Excess all areas - a biography is out via Aurum Press on 30 October 2014 in hardback and e-book formats. It's available to pre-order now at Amazon.co.uk.

Check out the new website excessallareas.org.uk which features even more exclusive content.

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28 September 2014
Shimmering Sonic Depths 
The recent Atonal festival in Berlin featured a rare live performance by Cabaret Voltaire and, on the Contort night, Ike Yard. The Quietus and Secret Thirteen reviews nicely sums it all up.

In other Ike Yard news, Stuart Argabright tells us that Dior designer Raf Simons wanted to use the Regis remix of 'Loss' in their Spring-Summer 2015 Ready-To-Wear show video(s) and a suitable license was done.

Finally, there's a long-awaited Gretchen Bender retrospective featuring her legendary video installation Total Recall at Tate Liverpool from 7 November to 8 February 2015.

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27 September 2014
The Haçienda Has Been Rebuilt 
FAC 51 The Hacienda has been rebuilt

Artist Nick Hardy built a 1:50 scale model of the Haçienda which was used to mark the 30th birthday party celebrations [->].

The good news if you missed that is that that the model is back on show at Manchester Central Library, Lower Ground floor and will be there for the next 6 months.

To mark the occasion there is a box set of postcard images of the model with the full backing of FAC51 The Haçienda. On the back of each postcard there is going to be a quote from people who ran, DJ'd there, worked there and went as customers.

Cerysmatic readers are invited to contribute to the project by way of a story or anecdote about their favourite memory of going to the Haç, best band you saw, favorite night, people you met, how the club influenced you creatively, or anything else.

Either contact Nick via the Hacienda has been rebuilt Facebook page or email Nick direct.

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