1 Mar 2007
So, farewell then The North Star 
The North Star venue in the Shetland Islands, which has played host to a number of Factory-related acts over the years is to close in April.

The 94-year-old venue has attracted names like Peter Hook, Bez, Silent Partners featuring Dermo from Northside and The Durutti Column, whose gig was webcast by Cerysmatic Factory for Tony Wilson's F4 project, as well as Haçienda DJs Jon Dasilva and Graeme Park to the UK's most northerly set of islands.

In a cruel twist of fate the venue has been bought over by a housing association and will be turned into flats!!

Venue manager Alan McLeod would like to thank all the acts who have made the trek north over the years.

The last gig will take place on 7 April 2007 and will feature Manchester's Puressence.


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In the grey days of late 1970s post-punk Manchester, youth culture was a serious affair: every musical performance was measured mostly by the conviction of its delivery. The term 'New Wave' opened up free vistas where acquired skills could once again be exercised after punk's monochrome blur. It could be applied to anything from a James 'Blood' Ulmer record to the latest Throbbing Gristle release, Magazine to Swell Maps. Move outside that terrain into Sun Ra, Parliament, Frank Sinatra and Martin Denny, and your options were suddenly without limit...

Then came Tony Wilson's Factory Club (at the Russell Club in Hulme) offering an open invitation to experiment that was taken up when Ken Hollings, Howard Walmsley, Eddie Sherwood and a few others decided to make some noise to accompany their 16mm silent epic Biting Tongues. A further performance followed a few weeks later, when Colin Seddon and Graham Massey disbanded their Post Natals project and joined up. The film itself, a flashing series of negative images, became a memory; the name remained.

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