16 November 2011Section 25 @ Blackpool Art Fair
The show will also include a tribute to the art of Larry Cassidy, a founder member of the band who sadly passed away in 2010. The exhibition will run from 19 November 2011 until 14 January 2012.
As a special close to The Blackpool Art Fair, on 14 January 2012, the band will perform an all-seated, semi-acoustic recital followed by a Q&A session with the audience which will be facilitated by modern music pundit John Robb.
The exhibition and concert will be at The Grundy Art Gallery, Queen Street, Blackpool, Lancs FY1 1PX (Tel: 01253 478170). Doors open 8pm and entrance is free with advance tickets available from the Grundy reception.
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