13 February 2014
The spectacle of the alternative* 

2014 is shaping up to be a big year for ex-Factory Records hitting the road and we summarise the key runners and riders.

A Certain Ratio play Under The Bridge, London on Friday 21 February (corrected!). Tickets are available priced 20.00 GBP plus booking fee via SeeTickets and AGMP. Ale-fancying FAC fans may wish to join Cerysmatic at the Bricklayer's Arms Yorkshire Beer Festival in Putney from 5pm.

A Factory Night on Record Record Store Day on Saturday 19 April 2014 sees the live return of Crispy Ambulance alongside Section 25 and Minny Pops (and not forgetting DJ FAC Col) at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester. Tickets for this one are available in person at face value via Vinyl Revival on Hilton Street in Manchester and online via TicketLine for 10.00 plus booking fee.

Further Crispy Ambulance gigs are set for Leeds and Bury later in the year as follows:

The Belgrave, Leeds - Saturday 26 April 2014 [Buy tickets]
The Met, Bury - Monday 25 August 2014 (Bank Holiday)
The Lexington, London - Saturday 6 September [Buy Tickets]

The original line-up of Northside has reunited and they have a full UK tour lined up as follows:

April 12 - Brixton Jamm, London [Buy tickets]
April 17 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Buy tickets]
April 18 - The Venue, Derby [Buy tickets]
April 19 - The Cross, Birmingham [Buy tickets]
April 24 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow [Buy tickets]
May 3 - Club Academy, Manchester [Buy tickets]

Finally, Vini Reilly makes a long-awaited return to live action on 21 May as part of the Chorlton Arts Festival in Manchester. He will be interviewed by Dave Haslam and then perform live on stage, his first proper show since April 2011. Tickets are on sale now via WeGotTickets priced 9.00 GBP plus booking fee.

* or the alternative to the spectacle?

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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".

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