28 August 2011
A Certain Ratio 33 1/3 live in MCR 
We've been taking something of a summer break so apologies for the radio silence round these parts. We'll be catching up on a few things we've missed so please bear with us if it's old news to some of you.

ACR celebrate their 33 and a third birthday with a special gig at the Band on the Wall in Manchester on Friday 11 November 2011. The band will perform 2 sets featuring 4 decades of their music plus there's Q&A session and very special guests joining them live on stage. Tickets priced 17.50 are on sale now from Band on the Wall.

Ahead of then, the band play Hoochie Coochie in Newcastle on Saturday 24 September. Tickets, also priced at 17.50 GBP, are available from Skiddle.

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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.

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