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FAC 51 the Hacienda Presents ‘From Manchester to Japan with Love x’ (Charity Benefit) / April 2011

By on Wednesday, 30th March 2011 at 9:30 am

Music heads in London quickly put together a Japan Disaster Benefit to benefit the British Red Cross for this upcoming Sunday, so it seems only fitting that the North would have their own event. Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook is better known these days as the proud proprietor of FAC 251, a new music and dance club is situated in the old head offices of Factory Records in Manchester city centre. Hook and his band the Light, along with house luminaries Basement Jaxx (pictured above) and Felix da Housecat, were scheduled to be in Japan this month for a special Hacienda Japan event that, due to the terrible earthquake and tsunami devastation that occurred in Northern Japan, was understandably cancelled.

In response to the unfolding suffering there, Hook is spearheading this charity effort to take place on Good Friday (22 April) at Manchester Sankeys. Officially being called ‘FAC51 The Haçienda presents From Manchester To Japan With Love x’, the evening at Sankeys will feature Hook himself, Basement Jaxx, Justin Robertson, Delphic (DJ set), Jon Dasilva, Dave Haslam, 808 State Rowetta, Herbie Saccani, Oli Furness, Zutech and Micron.

All proceeds from this charity event will be donated to earthquake relief efforts in Japan. Early bird tickets have now sold out (good on you Manchester!) but regular advance tickets are still available for £15 from Sankeys directly, Skiddle and Ticketline. If you are unable to attend this event but still want to donate to the cause, go to


Preview: Electric Picnic 2010

By on Friday, 7th May 2010 at 4:00 pm

Electric Picnic has been regarded by some as Ireland’s answer to Glastonbury. Judging by the line-up released on Wednesday, I’d argue it might have a more interesting bill than Glasto this year. ’70s glam rockers Roxy Music will play their first Irish festival performance ever at Electric Picnic, after having reformed long after we diehards had assumed they’d never play together ever again. I think seeing Bryan Ferry croon his way through ‘Love is the Drug’ and ‘Avalon’ is worth the price of admission alone.

However, if Roxy isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other wonderful acts to ring your bell. London electronica act Leftfield have decided to come out of hibernation to play selected festivals this year, including a headlining set at Electric Picnic; Bristol’s Massive Attack (pictured above) will also headline. Expect an epic dance party with these two along with sets by Booka Shade, Hot Chip, the Bloody Beetroots, LCD Soundsystem, Liquid Liquid, Friendly Fires and the Big Pink. Indie rock will also be well represented by appearances by the Fall, the National, the Horrors, Eels and Modest Mouse.

This year’s festival will take place at Stradbally Hall, County Laois, Ireland, on 3-5 September 2010. Weekend camping tickets are €240 (approximately £206) per adult (up to two children under the age of 14 are allowed to attend per paying adult, and all children must be pre-registered through the festival Web site). Please note that except for children who are pre-registered this way, the festival is 18+ and photo ID may need to be presented on-site. Camper van tickets are €60 (approximately £52). Tickets for the festival can be purchased from Ticketmaster.

Catch the full lineup (so far as of Wednesday 05 May) after the cut…

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