Back To The Phuture

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April 1st & 2nd: Back To The Phuture

Live: two nights of electronic futurism with Gary Numan, John Foxx, Mirrors, Recoil, Motor and Daniel Miller (Mute)

Academy 1, Manchester: Friday 1st April

Gary Numan live / Recoil live / Motor live / Mark Jones DJ set

The Troxy, London: Saturday 2nd April

Gary Numan live / John Foxx live / Mirrors live / Motor live / Daniel Miller (Mute) DJ set / Mark Jones DJ set /

Wall of Sound founder, DJ and radio presenter Mark Jones has announced the first in a series of set-to-be-amazing live events.

They will take place in Manchester and London with live performances by electro originators Gary Numan and John Foxx (London only), alongside rising starts Motor on both dates, Recoil in Manchester, Mirrors in London plus a DJ set from Daniel Miller (London).

As well as recording as the seminal act The Normal, Daniel Miller has been at the helm of the utterly peerless record label Mute since 1978. A biog isnt necessary when the roster speaks for itself like this: Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Throbbing Gristle, Nick Cave, Fad Gadget, Kraftwerk, Goldfrapp, Liars, Buzzcocks, Art Brut and Add N To (X) are but a few Mute bands.

Having released singles on tastemaker imprints Pure Groove and Moshi Moshi Mirrors (AKA James, Ally, Tate and Josef) will release their debut album Lights and Offerings on the massive cult indie Skint.It was recorded in New Yorks underground hub DFA Studios and is released on February 28th.

An obsessive fan of electronic music, Mark Jones concept with BTTP was to join-the-dots between the pioneers of electro pop, club music and experimental sounds with new blood whove taken the blueprint and pushed the envelope in their own original direction.

On both nights Mark Jones will be spinning seminal machine music from the past, present and future with Marks sets paying special attention to new talent like Hurts, Villa Nah, La Roux, Little Boots, Penguin Prison and Ellie Golding.

Its amazing to see Back To The Phuture evolve into a live happening and to be able to present inspiring artists thatve paved the way for all of us alongside ace current talent, says Jones.Their music has never been more relevant to whats happening – tomorrow is today.

Back To The Phuture is Marks multi-platform phenomena incorporating the new BTTP live events, a BBC 6 Music radio show, the curation of Thursday nights at Bestival and an Ibizian residency.

The original purveyors of electronica Gary Numan and John Foxx (formerly of Ultravox and presently in his acclaimed guise as John Foxx And The Maths), made music that on release sounded entirely alien and futuristic yet soon became the sound of the decade.

Still sounding fresh today, their influence is ubiquitous. Modern R&B, pop, house, techno, indie, dubstep and more besides, owe a massive debt to the experimental electronics with a pop sensibility laid down by these musicians and their peers. Numan and Foxx are still making exciting music.

Franco-American duo Motor makes uncompromising, sleek yet spiky EBM-influenced techno and their forthcoming album features none other than Gary Numan and Martin Gore, further highlighting the cross-generational exchange of ideas as expressed through BTTP. Recoil, aka Alan Wilder blurs the boundaries between cold wave, icy soundscapes, sleazy goth and pounding beats with an expert panache that one would expect from an ex member of Dpche Mode.

Back To The Phuture started out as a radio show on BBC 6 Music in 2009. The acclaimed program links the synth pioneers with todays electro-pop artists in celebration of 30 years of daring electronics. Two new very special shows for early 2011 will be announced soon watch this space.

The show has enjoyed massive success, uniting the likes of Gary Numan and Little Boots for a session and orchestrating a performance by Heaven 17 and La Roux at the BBCs famous Maida Vale studios. It was a definitive pop event that drew huge audiences and broke the record for the most watched music event ever on BBC Digital with 1.3 million hitting the red button. Jones has delivered entertaining and educational radio shows with guests including Arthur Baker, Andy Mcluskey and Paul Humphries from OMD, Phil Oakey of The Human League, Gary Numan, Daniel Miller of Mute Records, Heaven 17s Martyn Ware, Steve Strange of Visage and August Darnell of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Ticket details are as follows:

April 1st: Academy 1, Manchester University Students Union
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR /

Tickets: Standard – 25 plus booking fee

Doors: 6pm-11pm
Tel: 0161 275 2930


Aptil 2nd: The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London. E1 0HX /
Tickets: Standard – 27.50 plus booking fee (Unrestricted: Circle or Stalls).
Doors: 7pm 1am


Tickets from the links above, plus,,,, and the venues box offices.

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