Manchester International Festival can’t be accused of relying too much on the musical heritage of the city itself (previous MiFs have had musical input from the likes of Bjork, Kraftwerk, Massive Attack and so forth) however the spirit of Tony Wilson and Factory was always been bubbling under the surface and this year’s a bit more blatantly Factory/New Order related – as well as the New Order performances there is also a related art Exhibition ‘True Faith’ and tellingly the closing event (bringing Friedrich Engels back to Manchester..of course) is called Ceremony. New Order’s part is a series of shows at the old Granada Studios, an appropriate venue since of course this was where Tony Wilson presented ‘So it Goes’ and delivered The Sex Pistols to an unsuspecting public and Joy Division themselves made their first TV appearance here on Granada Reports. Inevitably the gigs sold out in a heartbeat, however, the MiF box office are in the habit of releasing last minute tickets on the day and sure enough I was able to bag one for tonight.
Stepping into the Granadaland studios, it’s a bit like the Old Grey Whistle Test – … Continue reading New Order and Liam Gillick ∑(No,12k,Lg,17Mif)
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