23 May 2017
The 101 on lofts from Tony Wilson 
FAC 101 loft schematic

FAC 101 Tony Wilson's Lofts is a memorable undone Factory Records concept from the pioneering early days of the Eighties. He drew on his experience of New York City to try to convince the authorities in Manchester that they would be a viable proposition but they didn't buy it.

AHW explained thus: "We were visionary in that sense, that lofts would come one day. But we ran out of money - we were too busy with clubs and bars. We tried to explain lofts to people in Manchester and nobody understood it. We actually walked the Manchester Development corporation around a building in Sackville Street, which became lofts ten years later, and said 'These would make great lofts' and they went 'What are lofts?'"

It was thought that was nothing in writing in the public domain to document this FAC number. Well that was true until the discovery in amongst AHW's personal archive papers in the collection of the Museum of Science and Industry (MSI) of a briefing paper from a chap called 'Ken' (more info needed on who this is) where he sets out "a few initial notes for FAC 101" and includes a generic schematic of a typical loft.

FAC 101 - a few notes on lofts by Ken

Ken sets out the basic principle of what lofts are and concludes: "The development of the loft conversion is obviously in its initial stages in this country and will require a good deal of commitment on the part of local government and developers if it is to become a reality."

Eventually the commitment would come to light and now loft-type apartments are everywhere and not just in Manchester.

The full transcript of the 101 notes is on our sister site factoryrecords.org.

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ESG live in Lyon and London 
ESG live in Lyon and London

ESG play a selection of Spring / Summer dates in France, London and the USA starting this Thursday at the Nuits Sonores Festival in Lyon, France and followed the next day by the Electric Brixton.

25 May - Nuit Sonores, La Sucrière, Lyon, France
26 May - Electric Brixton, London - Buy Tickets
22 June - Plage Longe, Beach Cannes
7 July - West Fest Chicago 2017
20 July - Good Room, Brooklyn NY
12 August - Athens Popfest, Georgia Theatre

More info on ESG's Facebook page.

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22 May 2017
Happy Mondays Greatest Hits Tour 

Happy Mondays get back out on the road this November and December for the extensive and impressively-titled 30th Anniversary Twenty Four Hour Party People Greatest Hits Tour. Support on most (but not all) dates is from DJ Jon Dasilva.


14 - Bristol, O2 Academy
15 - Brighton, The Dome Concert Hall
16 - London, Roundhouse
17 - Cardiff, The Great Hall, Cardiff University
18 - Portsmouth, Pyramids Centre
22 - Folkestone, Leas Cliff Hall
23 - Norwich, UEA
24 - Southend-On-Sea, Cliffs Pavilion
25 - Cambridge, Corn Exchange
28 - Preston, The Grand Hall, Preston Guild Hall
29 - Scunthorpe, The Baths Hall
30 - Carlisle, The Sands Centre


1 - Liverpool, Olympia
2 - Leeds, O2 Academy
6 - Birmingham, O2 Institute
7 - Lincoln, Engine Shed
8 - Newcastle, O2 Academy
9 - Nottingham, Rock City
13 - Manchester, Manchester Academy
14 - Conwy, The Arena, Venue Cymru, Llandudno
15 - Dublin, Vicar Street [Buy Tickets]
20 - Aberdeen, Beach Ballroom
21 - Inverness, Ironworks
22 - Kilmarnock, Grand Hall
23 - Glasgow, O2 Academy

Tickets (except Dublin - see individual date) available now via alttickets.com.

More details at Happy Mondays Facebook.

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Sons of the Descent present Lazy Glamour 
Sons of the Descent - Lazy Glamour

As well as joining the reconvened original line-up of The Wendys for dates later in the year, Ian White has got together with Hugh Duggie (Lowlife) to form the "pop-tinged noir" duo Sons of the Descent. The singles Look at the Sky / Flighty and Situation in Your Head have been followed by the excellent album Lazy Glamour with everything being released via their own Brawsome Productions.

Situation in Your Head also has a rather excellent video which makes highly innovative use of smartphones.

Lazy Glamour is available now via iTunes and Bandcamp

Keep up to date with the latest via Facebook, Twitter and Soundcloud.

Sons of the Descent - Situation in Your Head

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21 May 2017
FAC 51 The Haçienda 35th Birthday 
FAC 51 The Haçienda 3rd Birthday

On the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the opening of FAC 51 The Haçienda it's an opportune time to revisit the 3rd and 5th birthday posters.

FAC 51 The Haçienda 5th Birthday

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A Certain Ratio

"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

- intro to ACR Biography by James Nice (LTM)

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