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| On 10, Sep 2010

Wall of Sound founder, DJ, radio presenter and Back To The Phuture creator Mark Jones has announced the first in a series of set-to-be-amazing live events, in partnership with Dennis Publishing.

They will take place in Manchester and London with live performances by electro originators Gary Numan andJohn Foxx (London only), alongside rising starts Motor on both dates and Recoil in Manchester.

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

On both nights Richard H Kirk (Cabaret Voltaire/Warp) and Mark Jones will be spinning seminal machine music from the past, present and future with Mark’s 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 that’ve paved the way for all of us alongside amazing current talent”, says Jones. “Their music has never been more relevant to what’s happening – tomorrow is today.”

Back To The Phuture is Mark’s 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 such as Gary Numan, John Foxx (formerly of Ultravox and presently in his acclaimed solo guise), plus Richard H Kirk’s Cabaret Voltaire 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, Foxx and Kirk are all 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 Dépêche 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 today’s electro-pop artists in celebration of 30 years of daring electronics.

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 BBC’s 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 17’s Martyn Ware, Steve Strange of Visage and August Darnell of Kid Creole and the Coconuts.

Dennis Music is the latest project from Dennis Publishing, leading independent publisher of infamous brands including Viz, Maxim and Bizarre. For more information please see

Ticket details are as follows:

December 2nd: Academy 1, Manchester University Students Union
Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PR /
Tickets: Standard – £25 plus booking fee
Doors: 6pm-11pm
Tel: 0161 275 2930 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              0161 275 2930      end_of_the_skype_highlighting

December 3rd: The Troxy,
490 Commercial Road, London. E1 0HX /
Tickets: Standard – £27.50 plus booking fee (Unrestricted: Circle or Stalls). VIP – £47.50 plus booking fee (VIP Bar Access + Table Seat (Circle).
Doors: 8pm – 2am (VIP Aftershow ‘til 3am)

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Fri 10th September from the links above, plus, and the venue’s box offices.