Events > Nuits Sonores 2005 < Photo gallery < Central Station Design < A Certain Ratio live at Les Subsistances < A Certain Ratio
The 'Carte Blanche' element of this year's Nuits Sonores Festival took place in Lyon, France, and centred on Factory Records and the music of Manchester. In common with previous festivals a whole section of the Festival is handed over to a particular theme and this year it was Factory.
The line-up includes an exhibition of the work of Central Station Design, a mini-conference with Tony Wilson (Factory / F4 Records), Matt Carroll (Central Station Design) and John Cooper (Cerysmatic Factory), a photographic exhibition 'Manchester, le son en images' by Richard Bellia, 'Made in Manchester' - a series of screenings of notable Manchester / Factory Records documentary films and a showing of Michael Winterbottom's movie '24 Hour Party People'. Plus, during the main festival which runs from 4-8 May, A Certain Ratio appear at a special concert and Mike Pickering and Dave Haslam play DJ sets. Full details are available at www.nuits-sonores.com but here are the highlights:
Central Station Design exhibition
Les Subsistances, 8 bis quai Saint-Vincent - Lyon 1er
Meeting Tony Wilson
Saturday 2 April at 16:00
Manchester: le son en images / Photos de Richard Bellia
Photographic exhibition by Richard Bellia
Bibliotheque de la Part-Dieu, 30 boulevard Vivier-Merle ? Lyon 3ieme
Piscine du Rhone
Made in Manchester
Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 May 2005 from 13:00 to 20:00
Screenings of classic documentary films about Manchester music and Factory Records:
New Order Play at Home
24 Hour Party People (dir. Michael Winterbottom)
Saturday 7 May 2005 at 20:00
Special Concert with A Certain Ratio and James Chance and the Contortions
[21:30 - 22:30 A Certain Ratio
Mike Pickering and Dave Haslam DJ sets
Piscine du Rhone
Friday 6 May
Saturday 7 May
Full details of the series of Factory and Manchester-related events (collectively known as the "Parcours Associe") on nuits-sonores.com
A Certain Ratio and James Chance and the Contortions played a special concert last night to celebrate the end of Nuits Sonores 2005 in Lyon. The splendid setting was Les Subsistances, the arts and cultural centre on the bank of the River Saone which had also played host to the Central Station Design exhibition during the previous month.
The lighting and particularly the sound were excellent both excellent given the cavernous setting in an indoor cobblestone courtyard. ACR played a good set (see full listing below) to a decent crowd which was enthusiastic despite most of them probably being unfamiliar with the material.
The full six-person line-up was employed: Jez Kerr (bass, vocals), Tony Quigley (sax, keyboards), Martin Moscrop (guitar), Donald Johnson (drums), Denise Johnson (vocals) and Liam (occasional effects and keyboards).
Highlights included a great 'Wonder Y' (which also marked Denise's appearance on stage), the house piano-tinged 'Won't Stop Loving You', 'Shack Up' (which got everyone dancing) and traditional encore 'Si Firmi' featuring everyone hitting or shaking something and, towards the end, a new backing tape which drew to a crescendo. And then the end.
* - all spellings from Mr Moscrop's handwritten list
Transcript of ticket
Arty Farty presente:
More pictures available on Mike Mitchell's ACR Discography. Thanks to all at Nuits Sonores. Salut Christophe, Richard, Cédric, Violaine, Vincent, Cécile and the TLM video crew.