24 Apr 2010
Another Factory closure 
It was recently announced that the historic Manchester upstairs/downstairs club combo Jilly's and Rockworld have closed for good, with John Bagnall - owner of the clubs since 1981 - going into liquidation.

The venue originally opened as a true 'chicken-in-a-basket' variety/music clubs Fagins (upstairs) and Rafters (downstairs) during the sixties and seventies.

With resident DJ Rob Gretton the sticky carpet venues ran late-seventies punk and new wave gigs, eventually hosting the Alan Wise-produced post-Russell, pre-Hacienda Factory Club during the early eighties.

Fond memories include Fad Gadget climbing the Rafters, the four comrades sat round a table in silence that suddenly alighted to the stage and became DAF, the Hook/Mason promoted IKON Video supported by Stockholm Monsters, The Birthday Party's first drunken gig, and who could forget the infamous Slim/Pete Murphy onstage stand-off!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

could you enlighten us on the slim/pete murphy stand off ??

07/05/2010, 01:20


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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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