18 Sep 2019
Stephen Morris and Dave Haslam in conversation 
Stephen Morris and Dave Haslam in conversation in Macclesfield

At this exclusive evening, Stephen Morris (Joy Division/New Order) will be in discussion with Dave Haslam (ex-Haçienda) about their lives in music, their inspirations, memories, and future plans at St Michael & All Angels Church in Macclesfield on Saturday 19 October 2019 from 19:00-21:00.

This will be very much a double-header because Stephen's recent autobiography 'Record Play Pause: Confessions of a Post-Punk Percussionist (Volume 1)', and Dave's new book 'We the Youth: Keith Haring's New York Nightlife' - will be available to buy on the night and there will be a signing session with both of them.

Tickets are £11 online (via Eventbrite) and £13 on the door.


St Michael & All Angels Church
Market Place
Macclesfield SK10 1DY

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Nightclubbing (Excursions) Episode 24 The Record Peddler 

Factory fans should check out episode 24 of the Nightclubbing (Excursions) podcast in which Dave Booth (ex-Haçienda DJ) and Sean Connors talk to Mark Eastwood of the late, lamented Record Peddler shop which graced Manchester's Swan Street and was THE place for Factory rarities until its closure in 1992. Mark also picks a few choice cuts for the playlist. Stream now via Mixcloud or via the embedded player above.

See also: Record Peddler on Twitter

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17 Sep 2019
New Wave of Hype - Indonesia does The Wake 
New Wave of Hype - Indonesia does The Wake

'New Wave of Hype' is a compilation of 5 Indonesian bands covering classic songs by The Wake's classics in their own unique style. This album is out now digitally via Dismantledjkt on bandcamp and, physically, as a limited edition of 50 copies 5-inch CDR, via heavenpunks [->].


1. Turks & Caicos - Provincial Disco
2. Ultraviolence - Solo Project
3. Les Mains Immaculees - Carbrain
4. The Sensitive - On Our Honeymoon
5. Sharesprings - Talk About The Past

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That Factory Tune by Vincent Davies 
That Factory Tune by Vincent Davies

'That Factory Tune' is a poem by Vinny Davies which was commissioned by Councillor Chris Paul from Manchester City Council in liaison on the Factory side by Esther Ford.

March from Middleton, descend from Hulme
Walk from Withington to the factory tune
Mooch from Moston, do the Ancoats sway
We're all gone move in a Curtis way
Leave time to get from Levenshulme
Or rush from home
Dawdle from Didsbury, to the sound that we own
Hurry up from Urmston, or thumb it from Hyde
Not far from Ardwick, just one bus ride
Bounce down from Beswick, see what people say
Push boundaries, and soundaries in a Wilson way
It's black and it's yellow, it's played on the moon
That Manchestic, Majestic Factory Tune

- 'That Factory Tune' by Vincent Davies

Many thanks to Vinny and Iain for the info and imagery.

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16 Sep 2019
Praxis XL - A Factory Anniversary Exhibition 
Praxis XL - A Factory Anniversary Exhibition

Hot on the heels of Use Hearing Protection FAC 1-50 / 40, The Modernist Society in Manchester presents a brand new exhibition, with 40 examples of Factory's design output and celebrating the cultural legacy of Factory Records.

Trevor Johnson, who was responsible for many great Factory record sleeves, both with Johnson/Panas on his own, helped curate and design the exhibition. Trevor also designed much of the Fac 51 The Haçienda and Fac 201 Dry visual identities.

Now, he has designed a unique brand for the exhibition: PRAXIS XL. This is a reference to the philosophy expounded by Anthony Wilson (and The Modernist Society) that praxis was "Doing something because you have the urge to do it, inventing the reasons later."

The exhibition will run through November and December 2019. More details when we have them.

The Modernist
58 Port Street
Manchester M1 2EQ

See also; modernist-society.org [->]

Meanwhile, those who wish to remind themselves of AHW's praxis theories should reacquaint themselves with Channel 4's 'New Order Play at Home' documentary from 1984 (see below).

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The proper good New Dawn Fades play review  
New Dawn Fades - play review

"A Play About Joy Division and Manchester"... I'd imagine that most if not all the audience in attendance tonight are well versed in the short history of the band and and are familiar with the music released between 1978 and 1980. It would be easy to suggest that the writer and producers are pushing against an open door... but in effect I think the opposite is actually true.

There is so much love for the legacy of the band and the characters portrayed in this performance celebrating 40 Years of Unknown Pleasures that the stakes are actually higher along with people's expectations.

This was the 2nd performance of the 3 night run in Manchester before moving to Sheffield and London, and for the 2nd night the performance finished with a standing ovation... and boy was it deserved.

Every actor involved nailed their part.

Alan Donohoe effortlessly portrays Tony Wilson, coming across as the "TV Tony Wilson" I grew up with on Granada TV rather than the slightly larger than life caricatures in the two films produced about Factory and Joy Division.

Joseph Walsh delivers a complex and tortured Ian Curtis which also highlights the artistic and fragility of the man. His chaos and confusion portrayed in the Derby Hall scene especially is heart-breaking.

Leah Gray is wonderful as Deborah Curtis, moving from doting girlfriend to angry jilted wife and mother. Although not on stage quite as much as the male characters, Leah delivers a couple of the of the most powerful scenes in the whole play, the first being just 2 words, one line, a question... "Who's Annik?" which cuts through the silence in the auditorium, people almost holding their breath. The second, comes just before the tragic conclusion as Debbie and Ian trade lines from 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' giving the audience a sense of the genuine pain and frustration being felt in Macclesfield in 1980 by the young couple

Harry McLafferty, Bill Bradshaw and Matthew Melbourne play Bernard, Hooky and Stephen to great effect, all having the character traits you'd expect if you've seen the numerous interviews and portrayals of the would be New Order. The trio are often found bouncing off each other and have some of the best lines and put downs but also get their own 'deep moments' especially when coming to terms with the issues which had been faced by their singer.

Directors Sean Mason and Giles D. Bastow also appear, the latter as Rob Gretton who channels the late manager of the band as well as Paddy Constantine in 'Control' and as recognisable as the man himself from the footage and interviews that can be found in the likes of 'New Order Story'. The former actually takes on 11 roles throughout the play, many as comic relief and the butt of jokes. However, he's a superb as producer Martin Hannett (clearly taking joy in the immortal line "play faster... but slower.")

Writer Brian Gorman appears in cameo roles via filmed inserts as Roman General Julius Agricola and also Dr John Dee helping Alan's Tony Wilson to provide the history of our wonderful Northern City.

But it's not just the acting… as you may expect, the sound and lighting play a massive part and are also spot on. With the stage set being quite sparse, other than the band's equipment and a few crates and chairs and the occasional microphone, The deft audio and visuals really put focus on the actors and allows them to really excel in their roles and take the audience on a journey through the highs and lows to the inevitable end.

Whilst not taking anything away from '24 Hour Party People' or 'Control', 'New Dawn Fades' feels like 'THE' authentic telling of the Joy Division story. This maybe because it's delivered "live and direct" rather than on a screen. There are scenes that uncomfortably come to life, such as those when Ian first has a fit, or as mentioned previously Debbie and Ian trade lyrics as their marriage crumbles really hit home.

I would highly recommend people catch this if they get a chance in this short run.

I attended with my 12-year-old who loves Joy Division's music and has seen the films (OK so there is a fair bit of swearing and death in the play but he already knows the story and hears worse at football) and a friend of my age.

My son wants to see it again at some point in the future and enjoyed it because it "felt real" and "like it was there".

My friend's review (which you'll be glad is significantly shorter than mine) was... "Proper good".

Go and see it if you can.

- review by Iain Key for Cerysmatic Factory

New Dawn Fades is on at the Leadmill in Sheffield 16/17 September and then returns to Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London for a 3-night stint 19-21 September.

More info

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New Order live in Japan 2020 
New Order Japan 2020

New Order return to live action in Japan in 2020 with dates already announced for Tokyo and Osaka.


3-4 Shinkiba Studio Coast, Tokyo
6 Zepp Osaka Bayside, Osaka

Tickets available now

Japan residents

Rest of the World

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14 Sep 2019
A Certain Ratio live @ Subterania 11 December 2019 
A Certain Ratio live @ Subterania 11 December 2019

A Certain Ratio return to Subterania in London on 11 December 2019 to play a special show to help the venue celebrate their 30th anniversary.

On Twitter, ACR explained that they first played the venue when it was the Acklam Hall over 40 years ago in 1979 with Joy Division, John Dowie and OMD.

Head over to the ACR Gigography for more details on that one and many more.

Tickets are available to buy now via seetickets.com [->].


12 Acklam Road, Portobello
London W10 5QZ

More info: subterania.net | Facebook [->]

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13 Sep 2019
Fac 15 Zoo Meets Factory Half-way 
Fac 15 Zoo Meets Factory Half-way




USE YOUR WITS OR USE THE BUS  NO 26 from Manchester Victoria : NO 39 from Liverpool

Festival site - Plank Lane, Leigh, Lancs


Handwritten rough (presumably by AHW) for the eventual Fac 15 poster for the Zoo Meets Factory Half-Way event (aka The Leigh Pop Festival). Tony Wilson designed this poster "after Peter Saville".

This translated into the eventual white-on-black poster / black-on-white draft flyer (which in this version contains a repeat of the "bring you the flesh..." line:

Fac 15 Zoo Meets Factory Half-way

The reverse of the handwritten layout features the outline running order for the event:

1.00 Elti Fits
2.00 Crawling Chaos
3.00 Exodus
4.00 A Certain Ratio
5.00 Echo + Bunnymen
6.00 Distractions
7.00 OMITD
8.00 Teardrop
9.00 Joy Division

Fac 15 Zoo Meets Factory Half-way

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12 Sep 2019
Fac 2.09 Walks on Water 
Fac 2.09 Walks on Water

fac 2.09
walks on water
hopper and the space monkeys on the fitzcarraldo
vini reilly and khalique on the princess catherine

sunday 3rd november
the boat will leave the landing stage on water street at 6.50pm
if you're not on the boat
you're not on the boat


Unused tickets for Fac 2.09 Walks on Water a live event on 3 November 1995 with The Space Monkeys, Hopper, Vini Reilly and Khalique.

Fac 2.09 Walks on Water

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Factory Records 40th Anniversary Set @ Bread & Roses, Plymouth 
Factory Records 40th Anniversary Set @ Bread & Roses, Plymouth

PKRP (aka Paul Pledger, occasional Cerysmatic contributor / guest editor) presents:

"Eclectic floor-fillers and head-nodders from across the last 5 decades inc THREE hours' worth of the groovier, grittier side of Manchester's iconic Factory imprint (and sister-label Factory Benelux)."

The PKRP // Factory Records 40th Anniversary Set is at the Bread and Roses in Plymouth on Saturday 21 September 2019 from 20:00.

Facebook Event


The Bread and Roses
62 Ebrington Street
Plymouth PL4 9AF

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11 Sep 2019
New Dawn Fades play in Manchester, Sheffield & London 
New Dawn Fades play in Manchester, Sheffield and London in September 2019

New Dawn Fades, the play about Joy Division written by Brian Gorman and directed by Sean Mason and Giles Bastow, is back in celebration of the 40th anniversary of Unknown Pleasures for shows in Manchester, Sheffield and London.

The full itinerary is below and please see newdawnfadesplay.wordpress.com for more details and how to buy tickets.


12-14 - Dancehouse Theatre, Manchester
16-17 - The Leadmill, Sheffield
19-21 - Jacksons Lane, Highgate, London



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