23 March 2012
Section 25 Outernationale remix on Aurovine 
Independent music startup Aurovine.com launches on 11 May 2012 with a portfolio which includes two exclusive remixes from Section 25 latest release, the 'Invicta' EP on Hacienda Records. Colour, Movement, Sex & Violence and Inner Drive have been remixed by Scottish beatmasters Outernationale.

Aurovine aims to be an antidote the major label-endorsed free streaming services which marginalise artists. Their launch day is being styled 'download store day' and their selection policy is to encourage bands to make rare, unreleased and demo tracks available, with a nominated charity set to benefit from the proceeds.

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Pips Roxy Room Revival Night 
On 4 June 2012 (Bank Holiday Monday/Tuesday), original Pips DJs Alan Maskell and Dave Booth (ex-The Hacienda) will host a one-off Pips Roxy Room revival night at The Venue, 29 Jacksons Row, Manchester.

- via the Manchester District Music Archive newsletter

More info: Facebook event

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04 March 2012
The Wake 'A Light Far Out' (LTMCD 2550) 
LTM releases the first studio album in 15 years by ex-Factory/Sarah band The Wake. Entitled 'A Light Far Out' the recording is their first since the band reformed in 2009 to play selected live dates in Brussels, London, Paris and New York. Core duo Caesar (guitar, bass and vocals) and Carolyn Allen (keyboards and vocals) worked with Ian Catt (St Etienne), Duncan Cameron (Teenage Fanclub) and remixer Drew Diver of NYC-based duo Horse Shoes.

'A Light Far Out' is out 7 May 2012 on CD/Download.

Tracklisting

Stockport
If the Ravens Leave
Methodist
The Back of Beyond
Starry Day
Faintness
A Light Far Out
The Sands

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Peter Hook & The Light play Joy Division’s 'Still' 
Hooky returns to FAC 251 The Factory on Fri/Sat 18/19 May 2012 to play Joy Division's final album 'Still' (itself a recorded document of Joy Division's last gig). The concert is presented in association with Mind and Forever Manchester. The special guest for both nights is Kevin Hewick who is shortly to release All Was Numbered via Hacienda Records.

Tickets priced £20.12 (including charity donation) available now via fatsoma.com or call 24 Hour Credit Card Hotline People on 08444 77 10000 or in person at Piccadilly Records / Gaffs in Manchester

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The Factory
112–118 Princess Street
Manchester M1 7EN

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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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