27 July 2008
Guitars & Other Machines 
The Hydro Connect Festival at Inverary Castle on the banks of Loch Fyne, Argyll, Scotland on 29-31 August seems to have immersed itself quite freely in the spirit of Factory Records.

For a start there are stages called Guitars & Other Machines and Unknown Pleasures and the food area is called The Circuses & Bread Field.

A glance down the bill reveals that amongst the acts set to play are Friendly Fires and Kinky Afro.

Throw in some Andrew Weatherall and Neil Landstrumm for good measure and one begins to wonder if there is a secret plan...



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The Names

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

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