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23. Jul. 2008, 16:23Sat 3 Aug – Cities In The Park (Sunday)
Extract from Q Magazine's review of the event:
It could almost have been called The World Versus Factory Records. Day One featured alternative rock from all over the country, while Day Two was almost exclusively Factory acts. Day One never stood a chance with a local crowd bedecked from head to toe with self-congratulating Manchester T-shirts. Best reception of the day was, not surprisingly, for The Fall and Buzzcocks and, surprisingly, the ever-unhip OMD. Day Two was hotter, louder and more replete with atmosphere. From Cath Carroll to Happy Mondays, Tony Wilson's roster were all present. Wilson himself introduced things in his favoured Hunter Thompson meets Robert Maxwell manner. With the appearance of supergroup Electronic, including Pet Shop Boys - it seemed that Manchester has taken over the world for the day. And that day, it had. Highlight: the bizarre and somehow charming stage invasion by small children during Happy Mondays' encore, perhaps signalling a new era of Benetton-style love and peace in the world.
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13. Aug. 2007, 18:29Sat 12 Aug – The Stone Roses
My friend Jane & I couldn't believe we were going to this concert! We were so excited!
We booked to go on an organised coach from Manchester, and the whole day was just fab.
Sitting on the top deck of one of a fleet of double decker buses heading north out of Manchester & a hot summer's day, we inhaled weed all the way from the smoke that was constantly billowing from behind us.
We hung out on the beach for a while, went to the arcades, had chips... all the time with big grins on our faces as we passed the many Mancs sporting John Squire's splatter paint t-shirts.
We queue for some time around the back of the Ballroom, chatting to fans, sipping can's of lager, recognising familiar faces from back home.
The concert was a real thrill. We tried to find a good view but everywhere was pretty much taken. I remember we ended up on a balcony facing the stage & were able to see Ian Brown playing on his bongo's from time to time.
When the intro to I Wanna Be Adored started up I remember the hair on my head tingling & feeling so awestruck.
The rhythm section (of Mani & Reni) just drove the gig full steam ahead, John Squire blew us apart with his riffs & we were totally mesmerised by Ian Brown. Can't forget Cressa dancing away either!
Jane & I, and the whole of the venue, bounced our way through the gig, back onto the buses, singing all the way home.
What a gig!! The start of it all for me.
13. Aug. 2007, 14:57Tony Wilson (sometimes known as Anthony H Wilson) died on Friday 10th August 2007
It feels like Manchester has lost it's leading light, and I'm feeling so down & sad at the thought that i'll not experience anymore of his passion for the North-West (England).