ACR are part of Manchester musical DNA. Their early eighties records combined the melancholia of fellow travellers Joy Division with a dark funk and were groundbreaking. They were one of the key bands on Factory Records and their story is entwined with all the major moments in the city's music scene. A pre-Smiths Morrissey was a big fan, the Hacienda, and by extension the late eighties indie dance explosion, was patented by the band years before and their records really stand the test of time.
Very much one of the key players in the post punk period, their punk funk has been a key influence through the decades - especially in the past few years where barely a week goes by with out some hipster band from Brooklyn using them as base to their sound.
Tony Wilson adored them and despite avoiding commercial success have become a key influence on many bands from all over the world.
Advance tickets £20 stbf .