29 April 2006Peter Saville and Ben Kelly: Designing Modern Britain
Their work slots into the '1980s - Designing Modern Leisure' section of the exhibition and the blurb is thus: "The paradigm was the Haçienda, a nightclub opened in 1982 in a disused Manchester yacht showroom by the local band New Order and its independent record label, Factory Records. The label was already renowned for the beautifully stylised graphics of its creative director Peter Saville, who asked a friend, Ben Kelly, to design the club. Kelly stripped the building to iron pillars and girders, then accentuated its industrial character by adding checker plate flooring and road bollards. He created what Saville described as an "industrial entertainment zone" which became the blueprint for the warehouse parties of the late 1980s and for 1990s super clubs, such as Cream in Liverpool and London's Ministry of Sound."
28 April 2006Section 25 live at The Attik, Leicester, 7 July
15 Free Lane
Leicester LE1 1JX
Tel: 0116 2223800
You may not have noticed them but John Metcalfe and Louisa Fuller from the Duke Quartet were playing on stage in Albert Square as part of the string section.
Buy it now from Amazon.co.uk
Sticking with Joy Division, Jake Kennedy's book 'Joy Division and the making of Unknown Pleasures' is currently on sale at Fopp for a miserly 2.99 GBP. The book tells the story of the making of Joy Division's debut album and is #9 in the Vinyl Frontier series.
23 April 2006From Italian Love Party to Autopilot
2006 - Ben Evans and Graeme Brooker (ex-Italian Love Party), together with Jasper Wilkinson are recording together as Autopilot and are set to release 'Smokescreens' on a compilation album due out in the summer on Timbreland Recordings out of Manchester (also the home to Josephine Oniyama, the singer who once supported The Durutti Column). Check out a preview of this track and another called 'All In Our Hands' on their MySpace site at www.myspace.com/iamyourautopilot.
21 April 2006A Certain Ratio live in Europe
30 June - Mofo Festival, Mains d'Oeuvres, Paris
1 July - Petrol Club, Antwerp
2 July - Paradiso, Amsterdam [12.50 Euros, 23:00 start]
Join in the discussion about these dates on the Cerysmatic Factory Message Board.
Don't forget that ACR also play two dates in Scotland next weekend as part of the Triptych Festival:
A Certain Ratio / JD Twitch
Saturday 29 April, The Bongo Club, Edinburgh
Optimo: A Certain Ratio / JD Twitch & JG Wilkes
Sunday 30 April, Sub Club, Glasgow
19 April 2006Kevin Hewick to support Section 25
Speaking to Cerysmatic Factory, Kevin said, "It's a great honour to join the band at this historic event, their first live appearence in nearly two decades.
I have many good memories of being on bills with them in the early 80s at the Scala Cinema and ICA in London, the New Osborne club in Manchester and The Princess Cinema in Blackpool. I also recall a storming set from them in that era at Nottingham Rock City.
And, not least, Section 25 were always good to me and gave me much support and encouragement in those amazing but confusing times for the younger, more foolhardy Hewick.
Those memories are important but this is also so about the now. Both Section 25 and I are very fired up about our new music. Neither they nor I are bygone footnotes in the Factory story. We are still standing and still creating and eager to play to friends old and new in the 21st Century.
I'm also hoping to soon confirm yet another live date with Section 25 in July in Leicester."
Kevin is also playing at Alan McGee's Death Disco at the Notting Hill Arts Centre, London on 7 June 2004. The other act on the bill is Movement, a Manchester band.
18 April 2006Get Loaded In The Park 2006
www.getloadedinthepark.com for more info.
16 April 2006Section 25 - Live
Entrance to the reunion gig at 'Over The Edge' is by Guest List only with a donation to Larry's charity of choice, The Deaf Society. For more information please contact Cerysmatic Factory.
'Over The Edge'
22 Hardhorn Rd
Lancs FY6 7SR
Tel: 01253 882015
Doors open 8pm
Section 25 will also play the No.1 Club in Blackpool (next door to the football ground on Bloomfield Rd) on Saturday 3 June 2006. This one is pay on the door only (price and support to be confirmed).
No. 1 Club
Lancashire FY1 6JL
Finally, they play Le Botanique in Brussels, Belgium on 24 June 2006:
Centre Culturel de la Communauté Wallonie-Bruxelles
rue Royale, 236
Tel: +32 (0)2 /218.37.32
14 April 2006The Young Offenders Institute return to live action
Saturday 22 April - Death 2 The DJ at 15, Bolton. Our Fold and The Drainpipes support.
Sunday 7 May - The Louisiana, Bristol
Tuesday 9 May - Channel M Showcase @ Academy 3, Manchester. This is expected to sell out so buy your tickets now from www.ticketline.co.uk, or from the Union without any booking fee (0161-275-2930)
Monday 15 May - Sugarmill, Stoke. 3.00 GBP a ticket for this one.
They'll also be relaunching www.youngoffendersinstitute.com soon but in the meantime, get all your info from these emails or from www.myspace.com/youngoffendersinstitute
Doors Open: 7.00pm
Main Box Office: 0870 151 4000
Tickets on sale: 9am 21 April 2006
13 April 2006New Order eBay auction for www.unitedforalex.com
The final, Crépuscule-tinged, tracklistlisting includes The Fall 'Fiery Jack', Cabaret Voltaire 'Sluggin' For Jesus Part 1', Josef K 'Sense of Guilt', The Raincoats 'Only Loved At Night', The Human League 'Dancevision', The Associates 'White Car In Germany', John Cooper Clarke 'Beasley Street' and The Blue Orchids 'Dumb Magician'.
Thanks to AJ.
Many thanks to Phil Cleaver and Alex McMurtrie @ Kooky.
07 April 2006New line-up for FAC 471: A Celebration of Madchester
Wilson House Presents:
In association with 97.7 XFM Manchester
FAC 471: Hallelujah - A Celebration of Madchester
808 State DJ set
A Guy Called Gerald
Jon Da Silva
+ Very special guests
Saturday 13 May 2006
10pm till 3.30am
Madchester Academy 1
Tickets 17.50 GBP
Student Union Box Office - 0161 275 2930
Piccadilly Box Office St Ann's Square - 0161 832 1111
Eastern Bloc - 0161 228 6432
"Hallelujah: - As the summer sun rises over Madchester once again, acid-fuelled memories of baggy pants, bandanas and smiley-face t shirts become reality, and the city gets ready to party like its 1988. Think back to the days when Mondays were Happy, 808 was the name of a state and Haçienda was more than just a Spanish word - to an era that produced the most definitive soundtrack ever, for each generation to follow. 808 State, Jon Da Silva and A Guy Called Gerald lead the revolution in the clubs, while Clint Boon and the Freaky Dancin' Bez lead the revolution on the stage. Oh, and there was some label called Factory Records run by a guy called Anthony Wilson. And for one summer evening only, Madchester is back "in the area", with all six legendary outfits taking to the stage once more - for the party of the decade... And God made Madchester."
06 April 2006New Order live in NYC on Channel 4
The show is on early Sunday morning 9 April from 01:55 - 03:25.
The website isn't to be confused with www.thehaciendamustbebuilt.com which is the site through which you can still buy reprints of the great book FAC 351 The Haçienda Must Be Built.
05 April 2006Beautiful Losers in Lille, France
Opening Party 12 April 2006
at Le Tri Postale
Avenue Willy Brandt
Exhibition will open to the public
from 13th April until 2nd July 2006
from 1pm until 8.00pm Tuesdays through Sundays
closed on Mondays
More info at exposkate.com/ and
The exhibition follows successful American and Italian runs and features the work Ed Templeton.
04 April 2006Keith Allen to host Manchester Passion
The Factory connections don't end there because Tim Booth (ex-James) is to play the role of Judas.
Other stars' names, such as Bez, were mooted when the Passion idea was first conceived but it seems most were never going to participate or have since withdrawn.
The DVD can be ordered from early May onwards (price GBP 15.99) via:
70 Oxford Street
Manchester M1 5NH
tel: +44 (0)161 200 1503
fax: +44 (0)161 200 1504
StoryRooms - The Event
Wednesday, 10 May 2006
46-50 Oldham Street
A very special party to launch the exhibition DVD on Interactive Networks, Media Art and Installations.
An Invitation to re-explore surreal and fascinating interactive media artworks that have been previously exhibited at the Museum of Science and Industry - one of which will be back for the evening!
Plus live performance and music highlights on stage:
Almost ... is the a story of a giant and her tiny one foot charge. Bound together for life, and stuck with a house that won't sell, this three dimensional digital comedy blusters on about white walls, missed opportunities and the evil forces that are estate agents. Written and performed by Mary Oliver.
Followed by Illuminati and Disco Operating System... collaborating on a unique improvised electronic piece of music together with visuals from Hollowsphere/VJ Fusion.
Supported by the Arts Council England/North West.
Many thanks to Andrea Zapp for info.
Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.
Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".
- extract from the official website biography