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MANCHESTER - Manchester City's domination-complex is not, it appears, restricted to matters on the pitch. Loaded with Sheikh Mansour's billions, the club now not only wants to win trophies at home and abroad but also prove a success at the box-office. Their move into the movie world comes with the release of Blue Moon Rising, a behind-the scenes documentary that details City's first season under Abu Dhabi control and contains interviews with players, staff, fans and a certain guitarist from Oasis.
It is easy to mock the idea of a football-related film but if the exclusive trailer for Blue Moon Rising is anything to go by, this latest attempt has the potential to be rather good; more Damned United than When Saturday Comes.
That is no huge surprise given the club drafted in the Bafta-winning director Stewart Sugg and experienced producers Endemol (they of Big Brother notoriety) to make BMR. The plan at first was to release it for TV, but City being City, the ambitions got grander and backed by Buena Vista International, it is now scheduled to be distributed as a full-on movie. It will initially be shown at selected cinemas from 17 September.
"Blue Moon Rising reinforces Manchester City's standing as the most fascinating story in the world of football," said the club's marketing manager David Pullan. "We wanted to give football fans around the world a unique insight into the club and its future by getting them close to the action in this unique year.
"It will be a lasting testimony to one of the most exciting years in Manchester City's history."
There is no doubt that the 2009/10 season, City's first full campaign under the ownership of Sheikh Mansour, contained enough drama for Sugg to get stuck into, from the lavish signings of of Carloz Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor in the summer to the sacking of Mark Hughes and the appointment of Roberto Mancini as his replacement at the turn of the year. Then there were the games, most notably the derbies with United in the league and Carling Cup and the 2-4 win at Chelsea in February.
The access Sugg was granted in making BMR is compelling, with all the leading figures (and Garry Cook) interviewed. As the trailer shows, the director was also able to enter the dressing room as City's hopes of securing a Champions League place slowly disintegrated.
Perhaps the most enjoyable aspect of the film, however, is the views of the supporters. Noel Gallagher is heavily featured, as are a clutch of less well-known fans who reveal just how remarkable it is to follow a club that has gone suddenly from being renowned for decades of under-achievement to finding itself on the cusp of major success.
Their loyalty is obvious if not rather overblown. Take Adam White for instance who, as he says in the film, has voted Conservative all his life simply because their official colour is blue.
Blue Moon Rising is being premiered at The Printworks in Manchester this Thursday. Mancini and his full City squad are expected to attend with a blue carpet also booked for the occasion. Time will tell if the film they see, like the club's current ownership, is a lasting hit or an expensive flop.


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Beady Eye gigography and next tour dates

2000

30 May - Forum, Milan, Italy (the first "Noeless" gig since 1991 when he didn't join Oasis yet)

summer tour without Noel

2003

16 November - Andy Bell unplugged - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden (bootleg)

2011


3rd & 4th March - Barrowland, Glasgow, Scotland +here and here + bootleg
6th & 7th March - O2 Apollo, Manchester +bootleg 1 +bootleg 2
9th & 10th March - Troxy, London +bootleg 1
13 March - Casino de Paris, Paris, france
14 March - E-Werk, Koln, Germany
16 March - Alcatraz, Milan, Italy +dvd bootleg
18 March - La Riviera, Madrid, Spain +bootleg
19 March - Bikini, Toulouse, france
21 March - Paradiso, Amsterdam, Holland (bootleg)
22 March - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium (bootleg)
14 & 15 April - The Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland here a bootleg image
17 April - Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland
20 April - O2 Academy, Newcastle (a photo here)
23 April - Centre, Newport (photo and bootleg)
30 May - Grosse Freiheit 36, Hamburg, Germany
+a photo here + win tickets here
8 June - Saschall, Firenze, Italy +my story here +bootleg here +win tickets here
11th June - Papillons de Nuit Festival, Saint Lo, france
12 June - Isle of Wight festival +story here and here +interview here +videos here +interview and bootleg here
25th June - Theater of Living Art, Philadelphia, U.S.A.
30 June - Rock Werchter, Belgium (bootleg)
1 July - Main Square Festival, Arras, france +a photo here
7 July - BBK Live Festival, Bilbao, Spain
9 July - Oxegen Festival, Naas, Ireland
26 August - Reading Festival (win tickets) +videos here +review&video here +bootleg here
3 September - AX Hall, Seoul, South Korea
14 September - Twinkle Rock Festival, Taipei, Taiwan
7 October - Atlantico, Rome, Italy +main bootleg here +another bootleg here
+win the concert here
11 October - Volkshaus, Zurich, Switzerland (postponed)
13 October - Gasometer, Vienna, Austria (postponed)
31 October - Theater Caupolican, Santiago, Chile
2 November - Teatro de Verano Ramon Collazo, Montevideo, Uruguay
3 November - Teatro Colegiales, Buenos Aires, Argentina
4 November - Personal Festival, Buenos Aires, Argentina
5 November - Planeta Terra festival, Sao Paulo, Brazil
12 November - O2 Academy, Sheffield
14 November - O2 Academy, Birmingham
17 November - O2 Academy Brixton, London
2 December - The Warfield, San Francisco, U.S.A.
3 December - Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, U.S.A. +another complete review here +win tickets here and here
5 December - First Avenue, Minneapolis, U.S.A.
6 December - The Rave Ballroon, Milwaukee, U.S.A.
9 December - Terminal 5, New York, U.S.A.
10 December - House of Blues, Boston, U.S.A.

2012

new tour

2013

3 June - Abbey Road, London (acoustic) +bootleg here
7 June - McClusky's, Kingston (album launch acoustic gig)



8 November - Olympia Theatre, Dublin, Ireland

2014

Noel Gallagher solo gigography, and Low Lying Turds tour dates

(although his blinded fans say he's a "new solo artist", it's 20 years he's around and already played "solo" gigs previously (the first one in 1994), with the help of other people of course, as the Unplugged 1996, the gig for Tibet, the tour in 2006-2007, London, Milan, Manchester, Moscow, Los Angeles, Toronto, Paris, Australia, etc.)

2010


25 March - Royal Albert Hall - London

2011


28 November - Alcatraz - Milan, Italy + review here +video bootleg here +audio and video bootleg here

2012


lost interest... even Noel got bored of himself

10 April - Auditorio Banamex - Monterrey, Mexico (cancelled)

END OF THE HIGH FLYING BIRDS

2013

fans leave the gig again and ask for Liam again
..... € 10 = £ 8
 

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