06 February 2014
Martin Hannett - Redemption DVD launch night 
Martin Hannett - Redemption DVD launch night

Martin Hannett - The Redemption is a special night to celebrate the life of Martin Hannett and to launch a new dvd documentary film about the creator of the Manchester Sound. The evening is on 10 April from 7pm at Gorilla in Manchester with tickets priced at 6.00 GBP each available via Seetickets.

Those confirmed to attend so far include CP Lee, Lindsay Reade, Dave Lunt, Victor Brox, George Borowski, Spider Mike King, Paul Burgess (10cc and Invisible Girls drummer), Dave Formula (Magazine - keyboards), John Scott (Invisible Girls - guitar), Martin's best friend Neil Pointon, Wendy Hannett, James Hannett, Tania Hannett, Mark Hoyle (Dub Sex) and there will surely be more come the event.

Several of the musicians will be performing short sets for Martin and there will be an exhibition of Hannett-related material. Those wanting more info should email ozitrecords@which.net.

The Martin Hannett dvd first announced last year a new nearly 4-hour reportage-style documentary filmed over many years and to be released in the spring which will explore his life in interviews with an extensive cast including Tony Wilson, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook, Bruce Mitchell and many more.

The project was conceived by Anthony Ryan Carter and initiated in the 90s with interviews carried out by Jon Ronson and Tosh Ryan. It was then shelved until being resurrected by Chris Hewitt and Tom Hewitt with new interviews carried out from 2009 to 2013.

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