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FAC251 - The Factory

Looking to the future with a nod to the past

The memory of Factory Records looms large over Manchester, and with good reason.

The hugely successful 80s record label with humble beginnings at the Russell Club in Hulme and a small flat in West Didsbury brought Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays to the world. That's not to forget many less well-known acts from A Certain Ratio to Cath Carroll who created great music for the label. Then there's the small matter of that legendary nightclub The Hacienda to bear in mind too.

Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook recently wrote a book entitled 'How Not to Run a Club', about his experiences as co-owner of The Hacienda. Maybe writing the book brought back so many fond memories that he decided to have another go, because he's now opened a new club, The Factory.

Housed in the former Factory Records HQ on the corner of Princess Street and Charles Street, this nightclub and live music venue spans 3 floors and is open 6 nights a week. The interior is designed by Ben Kelly, the man who masterminded the look of The Hacienda and Dry Bar.

Although the club is hanging on to the building's old Factory catalogue number, FAC 251, it's firmly looking to the future. Promotional posters around Manchester when the club launched declared that "There are more rock stars per capita of population from Manchester than any other city in the world. Let's make some more". Nurturing new talent is an important part of the club's philosophy.

For more information visit Factory Manchester.

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