04 May 2010
Gabrielle's Wish Rob Gretton Tribute night 
On 14 May, Gabrielle's Wish headline an evening of music to celebrate the life of one of Manchester's genuine music pioneers, Rob Gretton. Rob worked furiously to promote music from Manchester and the North, and dicovered the likes ofJoy Division, Sub Sub / Doves, and of course, Gabrielle's Wish.

The evening is being held at the old 'HQ' of Robs Records (and top notch boozer), the Briton's Protection public house in Manchester.

Tickets are priced at £5 and are available from Butterfly Records, or on request from the Gabrielle's Wish MySpace. More info at the Facebook group for this event.

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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".

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