17 May - Acklam Hall, Notting Hill, London (w/ Joy Division, John Dowie, and OMD)
Extract from NME interview, 1980
Tony Wilson is ACR's manager. As such he is ruthless, ever watchful and scurrilously protective. The first time I ever saw Ratio was in May '79, the London debut of Factory groups at Acklam Hall (along with Joy Division and Orchestral Manoeuvres when there were less than 100 in the audience). They were drummerless and I thought cumbersome. I didn't like them.
"We thought we'd played really well," comments Topping wryly. "But Tony thought we were drunk and he gave us a right bollocking because people like you didn't like us."