ESG Announce Rare UK Dates, inc FAC251, ManchesterESG Announce Rare UK Dates, inc FAC251, Manchester

ESG have announced a farewell tour that hits the UK in January 2014, including a special date at Factory, Manchester on January 19th.

Ascending from The Bronx in 1978, the legendary ESG are renown for pushing all musical boundaries and having a colossal influence on hundreds of bands across several different genres. Having appeared on the same bill as bands such as The Clash, Grandmaster Flash, Public Image and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, their legendary status has continued to grow and grow over the years.

Signing with Factory Records in the UK led ESG to Joy Division Producer, Martin Hannett, who produced their all-time dancefloor classics ‘Moody’ and ‘UFO’, instantly placing them at the root of both house and hip hop. Their sparse minimal bass and drum sound has now made them one of the most sampled artists around. “UFO”, for example, has been reused several dozen times by world famous artists such as Public Enemy, Beastie Boys, N.W.A., Big Daddy Kane, Girl Talk, Nine Inch Nails, and many more.

ESG’s date at FAC251, Manchester is one of only four UK dates on their final ever tour. With their unique history with the Factory, its seems appropriate that ESG will playing at the FAC252 4th Birthday Party;

Support from Dave Haslam & The 1234s

ESG Farewell UK Tour Dates:

17th January – London KOKO
18th January – Leeds Brudenell Social Club
19th January – Manchester, FAC251: The Factory Tickets
20th January – Newcastle, Think Tank?

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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Great band – I had tickets last time round but for one reason or another it didn’t happen – skint this time round so they will have to be filed under “never got to see” sadly


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