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Ben Kelly, Aaron Mellor and Peter Hook outside FAC 251 The Factory; [photo credit: Kevin Cummins]
Peter Hook and Ben Kelly outside FAC 251 The Factory; [photo credit: Kevin Cummins]
Ben Kelly, Aaron Miller and Peter Hook inside FAC 251 The Factory; [photo credit: Kevin Cummins]
Redeveloped, recrafted and entirely redesigned by original architect Ben Kelly, Factory Records' "One Charles Street" central Manchester offices reopened as FAC 251 The Factory, on 5 February 2010 with the promise that it would "mix live bands, indie and dance influences across three different floors for Manchester's and the UK's gig and club goers".
The new venue is a joint venture between Peter Hook and established club operators Tokyo Industries (14 venues across the UK including the award-winning Digital in Newcastle and Brighton and the Tokyo Mansion Party venues). Tokyo Industries Managing Director Aaron Mellor is a long time Factory Records afficionado, having began his club career on the Hacienda dance floor and later DJing at Stonelove at the Hacienda in the mid-Nineties.
Ben Kelly, the original Factory architect, has completely recast the building to suit its new purpose as a venue which draws on the legacy of the past but updates the original Factory ethos for contemporary bands, promoters, DJs and of course the people.
Check out a selection of flyers promoting the opening.
The Opening Weekend - Friday 5th / Saturday 6th February
Read Cerysmatic's opening night review by Michael Eastwood.
Friday 5 February 2010 - Peter Hook's The Light
"A one-off performance by Peter Hook's The Light, a Manchester supergroup put together specially for the occasion featuring Mani (Stone Roses), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Howard Marks and other special guests, performing rare Joy Division and New Order tracks, and a hits retrospective featuring songs by Hooky's previous bands Monaco, Revenge, New Order, Joy Division plus and the debut of his new material with Freebass."
Saturday 6 February 2010 - Stonelove / Hacienda Presents
"A club event allowing Manchester's clubbing cognoscenti an opportunity to check out the three separate arenas. Original Hacienda indie club Stonelove returns to Manchester to begin its weekly residency downstairs, whilst Room 2 hosts a soundtrack of 70s New York City Funk & 80s Electro Pop. The Boardroom is handed back to the original Rockstars as FAC 51 The Hacienda begins its Saturday night residency Hacienda Presents at The Factory with a selection of Mancunian rock legends supervised by Hooky and pals alongside a roster of new DJ talents."
The full regular roster at FAC 251 The Factory is as follows:
Mondays - FACT
Tuesdays - Missionary
Wednesdays - The Fuel Girls / The People's Republic of Mani-cunia
Thursdays - Dyslexic
Fridays - Bulletproof
Saturdays - Stonelove / Hacienda Presents
The Bassment stage is being offered to bands for this coming February and the months beyond. Interested groups or artists should upload their music to FAC 251's MySpace page where it will be reviewed by those nice FAC 251 people.
The full schedule of live bands for February will be announced later.
Join the Facebook group for further info, video diary on the making of the club and much more.
First there was a flyer distributed in Manchester:
FAC251 FACTORY HQ
20 years since the birth of Madchester, the building that started it all and ultimately destroyed it all...
FAC251 - Head Office of Factory Communications Ltd... Built by Tony Wilson
Designed by Ben Kelly & Pater Saville. Paid for by NewOrder
Broken by The Happy Mondays...
A NEW INDIE ROCK+ROLL CLUB & LIVE VENUE
COMING JANUARY 2010
And then there's factorymanchester.com