26 February 2012
Peter Hook & The Light live in Buxton 
Check out some video clips of Peter Hook and The Light live at Buxton Opera House last night.

Watch Love Will Tear Us Apart for a quality moment as Hooky strolls over to ATR's rig and gently whispers 'Alex is a Twat' into it at the end of the set.

Colony
Disorder
Doubts Even Here
Insight
Isolation
Love Will Tear Us Apart
New Dawn Fades

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25 February 2012
Section 25 join Peter Hook live 
Section 25 will be Peter Hook and The Light's special guests at Sheffield Leadmill on Tuesday 19 May and Islington Academy on Friday 1 June.

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Larry Cassidy's Section 25 posters 
Vinyl Revival in Manchester is selling a rare collection of posters which belonged to the late Larry Cassidy of Section 25. Highlights include Au Plan K, Bedford Boys Club (supporting New Order) and ICA Rock Week (with ACR and The Durutti Column).

Further information and bids to Vinyl Revival.

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The Turtle Salon for Michael H Shamberg 
The Hardy Tree Gallery in St Pancras, London plays host to a special Turtle Salon exhibition of artists who are in some way related to the work of Michael Shamberg, the filmmaker noted for his work with New Order and who also ran Factory's US operations. This is more or less the same display that was shown on the Left Bank in Paris last October (at the time of New Order's Paris benefit gig for Michael) and will be relocating to Brighton at some point.

The Hardy Tree Gallery is an intimate space situated in the railway arches just behind St Pancras station at 119 Pancras Road. The curator is Cameron Maxwell from Toronto.

There are over 60 pieces on display which includes paintings, drawings, photographs, posters and collages which employ a variety of materials. In addition to this there is a series of short independent films for viewing. Some of the film footage has been integrated by Bernard Sumner into the visuals used at the recent New Order shows.

Pieces of particular interest to Cerysmatic readers...

~ New Order Los Angeles poster by John Baldessari
~ Float, 1970 by Robert Breer (Iain - how would you describe this curio?!)
~ The Perfect Kiss poster by Barbara Kruger
~ New Order 1987 poster by Lawrence Weiner
~ 'Temporarily removed' Green tinted clear acrylic 2005 by Anna Blessman and Peter Saville

All the above items are originals (for the avoidance of doubt) and available for purchase with 30% of the proceeds being donated to Michael Shamberg's medical care fund.

Many thanks to Mark Rutter for insights and info.

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13 February 2012
Exemplar: Joy Division Q&A 
Peter Hook and Kevin Cummins will be in conversation with compere Kevin Sampson on Thursday 23 February from 6 to 9pm at the Manchester Photographic Gallery where Cummins's Joy Division: Exemplar exhibition has just been extended. Tickets, limited to just 100 places, are available at the gallery at its new 6 Tariff Street, Manchester location or by emailing bookings@manchesterphotographic.com with your name and a contact telephone number to take telephone payments.

Kevin is also hosting a photography masterclass at the gallery on Saturday 25 February.

This is the same day that Peter Hook and The Light will perform both Unknown Pleasures and Closer at the Four Four Time festival at Buxton Opera House. Tickets are still available priced £18-20.

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11 February 2012
The Hacienda DJ Booth 
Greg Wilson has written an excellent piece about the original Hacienda DJ booth which was by the side of the stage and predated the one on the balcony.

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09 February 2012
Sweet N That 
Dermo out of Northside presents a new club night at the Star and Garter in Manchester.

Friday 23 March 2012
22:00 til 02:30

£4 on the door
£5 after Midnight
No Admittance after 12.30am

Expect to hear from the likes of.

New Order, Twisted Wheel, Janice Graham Band, Slaughter & The Dogs, WU LYF, The Fall, The Stone Roses, Dirty North, My Computer, The Courteeners, The High, I Am Kloot, New FADs, Jesse Rose Trip, Everything Everything, 1913, The Last Party, A Guy Called Gerald, David Potts, The Smiths, Magazine, Where's Strutter?, Mock Turtles, South, Kid British, Joy Division, Daystar, Autechre, Dub Sex, Section 25, Nine Black Alps, Humanizer, The Hippy Mafia, Vinny Peculiar, Lowline, Liam Frost, Frazer King, Black Grape, Blitz, The Tapestry, Intastella, Barry Adamson, World Of Twist, Jilted John, Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, Danny Mahon, D/R/U/G/S, Keith, The Whip, Rig, The Second Floor, Space Monkeys, Buzzcocks, ACR, Electronic, Stockholm Monsters, Tunnelvision, Warsaw, Nylon Pylon, Oceansize, 808 State, Doves, The Naughtys, Joy Division, Alfie, Egyptian Hip Hop, Airship, DILE, The Chameleons, Northside, Delphic, One Lady Owner, Dayglo Yellocet, Ruthless Rap Assassins, Inspiral Carpets, Dutch Uncles, Music for Aborigines, Shaun Ryder, The Cassettes, HEY, The Man With The Stereo Hands, The Reegs, The Charlatans, Dust Junkys, Paris Angels, Puressence, Autokat, Plank!, Minny Pops, Y-Key Operators, Tonn Piper, Bauer, K Klass, The Longcut, Jim Noir, Working For A Nuclear Free City, Slow Readers Club, Mutineers, From The Kites Of San Quentin, Air Cav, Peri Scope, Ampersand, Paris Riots, The Rainband, Morrissey, Revenge, Eskimos & Egypt, Monaco, Happy Mondays, V Thirteen, Oasis, A Guy Called Gerald, Ian Brown, King Of The Slums, Man Made, Girl Peculiar, MC Tunes, George Borowski, No Tokyo, Audioweb, Supajamma, Daywalkers, Peyote Cult, The Minx, The Number, Behind Green Lights, Wonky Alice, Inca Babies, The Bodines, Goldblade, Whiskycats, Vagner Love, The Switch, The Hidden Revolution, AAAK, Elgazelle, Kizilok, Syd Bozko, Stephen Fretwell, Bone-Box, The Travelling Band, Bushart, The Sons Of God, Hurts, Northern Uproar, Elbow, Molly Half Head, Omerta, James, The Sun And The Moon, JCC, Cherry Ghost, The Children, Gabrielles Wish, Motion Inc, Durutti Column, ...plus the Hacienda/Thunderdome Classics, Madchester and much much more.

DJ Dermo (and very special guests TBA)

"Wear what you like, tell who you like and hear what you like."

"Anybody with a real passion for Manchester music, this night is for you."

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Radio - recorded transmission 
Listen to the Radcliffe and Maconie Show on BBC 6 Music on Friday 10 February (probably around 3pm) to hear Chris Hewitt give 6Music's Elizabeth Alker a tour of the Kenion St Music Building in Rochdale. This was home for many years to Cargo Studios, Tractor Music and Suite 16 Studios and which bore witness to many Factory and other bands' recording activities (most notably Joy Division).

The building is about to be revamped and open as a studio again after 11 years of being empty so this radio documentary is very well timed.

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08 February 2012
You're Entitled To An Epinion 
David Nolan's book You're Entitled To An Opinion - The High Times and Many Lives of Tony Wilson, Factory Records and The Hacienda has just come out on Kindle for a bargain price.

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04 February 2012
Thirty One 
'Thirty One' is a compilation of Manchester-made music which is released on Factory Foundation Records 13 February 2012 featuring rare and exclusive songs by Elbow, Everything Everything, Delphic, Jez Kerr, The Whip, I Am Kloot, D/R/U/G/S, Murkage, Bad Lieutenant, Mr Scruff, Lonelady, and Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Curated and compiled by DJ/writer Dave Haslam and with art direction by Peter Saville all proceeds from the sale of downloads, CD's and limited edition vinyl will go to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably).

Suicide is the single biggest killer of men under the age of 35 in the UK and CALM is a registered UK charity which aims to reduce this and provide support for those suffering from mental illness or depression. Currently the CALM helpline is open 5pm-midnight on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, every week of the year, but, with by donating £7 from every £10 album sold, it is hoped that it can be opened nationwide all 7 nights a week, every day of the year.

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FAC 251 The Factory Second Birthday 
FAC 251 The Factory celebrates its second birthday this and next weekend with a series of films, gigs, DJ Sets and more.

Part 1 kicks off today Saturday 4 February will a free Rebel Cinema film screening, a first come first served free gig featuring The Covelles and then a club event with Peter Hook, Tim Burgess and Norman Jay.

The second weekend on Saturday 11 February will feature another free gig from Reverend and The Makers followed by Zane Lowe, Doorly, Dave Haslam and the NME Awards Aftershow.

Tickets for the free cinema screening are limited and for tickets email liam@factorymanchester.com [may still be some available]

Part 1 Saturday 4 February 2012

7-9pm Rebel Cinema Screening – 24 Hour Party People [Free Entry with ticket]

Intro and Q&A Session from: Peter Hook, John Robb & Clint Boon

9pm-10:30 The Covelles + Super White Assassin Live) - Free Entry
10:30-3am Club Lineup:

Room 1 Tim Burgess (DJ Set)
Room 2 Norman Jay (Good Times Set)
Room 3 Peter Hook (DJ Set)

Part 2 Saturday 11 February 2012

7:30-10:30pm Reverend & The Makers Full gig – Free Entry

10:30-3am Club night

Room 1 ‘In New Music We Trust’ Zane Lowe & Doorly
Room 2 Dave Haslam
Room 3 NME Awards Tour After Party Tribes (DJ Set) + Guests

More info at: factorymanchester.com / Facebook/factorymanchester

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English Black Boys [LTMCD 2568] 
LTM has announced details of an X-O-Dus compilation album which features the Dennis Bovell-produced 1980 single FAC 11 'English Black Boys'.

X-O-Dus were discovered by Rob Gretton who invited them to record an extended 12" dub single (replete with Saville-designed sleeve) which had 'See Them A Come' on the b-side. The group disbanded in 1981 without releasing an album so this digitally remastered archive collection with the single plus various unreleased demos is most welcome.

Watch this space for an X-O-Dus competition.

Tracklisting

1. See Them A' Come
2. English Black Boys
3. If You Want My Lovin
4. Take It From Me
5. Society
6. Leaders
7. Imagine
8. We Can Feel It
9. Dance
10. Underwater Dance
11. Narrow Road

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Artist: X-O-DUS
Title: "English Black Boys”
Cat No: LTMCD 2568 (11 tracks)
Format: CD and download
Released: 2 April 2012
Barcode: 502 4545 6348 22

More info: LTM X-O-Dus biography

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Section 25 live @ Gullivers video clips 
Check out this selection of live video clips of Section 25's recent 28 Jan gig at Gullivers, in Manchester:

'Wretch'
'Intro / Beating Heart / Process'
'Desert'
'Desert (End of) / Inner Drive

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Hail Gillian! 
After their recent sell out Troxy show (and selected South American dates), New Order has confirmed a UK mini-tour Spring 2012. Tickets went on sale yesterday and two Manchester and one London dates have already sold out (apologies for being late on this one but we've been otherwise engaged). All dates will feature the continuing return of Gillian Gilbert and are in addition to selected international festival dates.

April

26 - Apollo, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
27 - Apollo, Manchester [SOLD OUT]
29 - Ballroom, Birmingham [Tickets]

May

2 - Brixton Academy, London [SOLD OUT]
2 - Brixton Academy, London [Extra date] [Tickets]
5 - Academy, Glasgow [Tickets]

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Wishful Thinking 
The late Peter 'Sleazy' Christopherson was not only a founder member of Throbbing Gristle and Coil, a designer at Hipgnosis, and a videomaker for Greenback Films but he also designed two sleeves for A Certain Ratio during their early Factory period.

In summer 2010, the AV Festival commissioned him to compose a work for the 2012 spring Equinox, to be staged at Durham Cathedral. Sadly Christopherson died in November 2010 before he could complete the work.

Wishful Thinking is a music, film and performance event in celebratory remembrance of his life and work. It includes the premiere of three performance sketches with Christopherson‘s original collaborators for the commission: visual artist Alex Rose, sound recordist Chris Watson (ex-Cabaret Voltaire) and vocalist Attila Csihar plus TG's Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti premiering new live remixes.

Wishful Thinking: In Remembrance Of Peter Christopherson (1955–2010) is at the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle on 17 March 2012. Tickets priced £20 Stalls / £22.50 Circle are on sale now.

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Tyneside Cinema
10 Pilgrim Street
Newcastle NE1 6QG

Tel: 0845 217 9909

More info at avfestival.co.uk

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The boys are back in town 
The original line-up of Happy Mondays (plus backing vocalist Rowetta) has reformed for a UK tour in May 2012. Bez, PD, Cow, Horse, X and Gaz play major cities with support for all dates coming from Inspiral Carpets. Tickets went on sale yesterday and Glasgow has sold out but all other dates are still available.

May 2012

Thu 3 - O2 Academy, Newcastle 19:00
Fri 4 - O2 Academy, Glasgow 19:30 [Sold Out]
Sat 5 - Manchester Arena, Manchester 18:00
Sun 6 - O2 Academy, Sheffield 19:00
Wed 9 - O2 Academy, Bournemouth 19:00
Thu 10 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Fri 11 - O2 Academy, Brixton, London 19:00
Sat 12 - O2 Academy, Birmingham 19:00
Thu 17 - O2 Academy, Leeds 19:00

Ticket available from gigsandtours.com and Ticketmaster

More info at happymondaysonline.com

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Minny Pops Standstill to Motion competition 
Congrstulations to Sean Connors who is the winner of the recent Minny Pops competition. He wins a copy of Standstill To Motion, the excellent new LTM live album documenting the live show at the Melkweg in Amsterdam thirty years ago.

The answer to the question: "What was the first 7" single release on LTM?" was Een Kus by, yes, you guessed it, Minny Pops.

Thanks to everyone who entered the competition.

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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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