In 1978, Vini Reilly’s Durutti Column became the first band to be signed by Tony Wilson to his fledgling Factory label. Three decades after Reilly’s first Factory releases and nearly two years after Wilson’s death, MIF09 was proud to premiere A Paean to Wilson, Reilly’s very personal tribute to his former friend and mentor. Reilly was joined by longtime Durutti Columnists Bruce Mitchell, Poppy Morgan and Keir Stewart for these intimate concerts, moving eulogies to the man who defined musical life in the city.

‘A very personal, emotional and often warmly funny tribute’ The Guardian


Commissioned and produced by Manchester International Festival.

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