17 Apr 2014
A Young Man's Dream Of Revolution 

In the wake of his surprise appearance at the recent Martin Hannett event in Manchester, we catch up with Kevin Hewick's upcoming live and recorded activity.

Brittle Heaven have released a new 4CD box set of The Sound featuring their three classic albums for Warner Brothers and their BBC sessions plus my songs recorded with them for the 1984 'Reality/Unreal' 12-inch EP on Cherry Red, including 'Plenty', the 1981 original of which was turned down by Tony Wilson because he said he wouldn't have "any Southern bands on Factory".

Kevin is one of many artists and associates interviewed on the new Martin Hannett documentary DVD by Chris and Tom Hewitt. Kev also had the honour of being the opening act on the Martin Hannett - The Redemption night at Manchester Gorilla on 10 April 2014.

Two Headed Snake Productions have made a video for 'A Young Man's Dream Of Revolution' from the 'The Heat Of Molten Diamonds' album. It was filmed on location in Leicester in Clarendon Park, on London Road and at The Exchange shopping precinct in Eyres Monsell days before it's partial demolition. Noam Chomsky makes a special guest appearance.

Upcoming live itinerary

19 April - Carnival Records, Great Malvern - from 2-3pm as part of Record Store Day.
7 June - Leicester Riverside Festival, acoustic tent at 5pm
21 June - Foxton Locks Festival on at 4pm
21 July - The Criterion, Leicester - the now infamous as-long-as-they-let-me-play set from 3.00pm to 5/6/7pm + depending
25 August - The Metropolitan, Bury with with Crispy Ambulance and Section 25

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16 Apr 2014
Crispy Ambulance live @ Belgrave, Leeds 
Crispy Ambulance live @ Belgrave, Leeds

Crispy Ambulance
The Belgrave Music Hall and Canteen
1-1A Cross Belgrave Street
Leeds LS2 8JP

Saturday 26 April 2014

Doors 7.30pm

Tickets available via SeeTickets [->] now priced 8.80 GBP (+booking fee)

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Peter Hook and The Light 2014 live 
Peter Hook and The Light UK Tour 2014 Low-life and Brotherhood

Peter Hook & The Light have a very busy live schedule for the rest of the year what with UK venue and festival dates thru til September, culminating in two special dates at The Ritz in Manchester on Thursday 25 September and then London's Shepherd's Bush Empire on the following Saturday. The band will premiere live performances of New Order's Low-Life and Brotherhood at these gigs which are in aid of MIND & Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy.

Then, after a short break, Hooky and the Light will jet off to North America for a full 17-date tour.

Here's the full itinerary with ticket links:


Fri 23 - Bearded Theory Festival, Derbyshire, UK [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]
Sat 24 - Vegfest, Bristol, UK [JD/NO] - [Buy Tickets]
Sun 25 – Farm Feast, Claremont Farm, Bebbington & Bromborough, Nr Liverpool UK [JD/NO] - [Buy Tickets]


Thu 3 - Rescue Rooms, Nottingham, UK [Movement/Power, Corruption and Lies] [Buy Tickets]
Fri 4 - The Picturedrome, Holmfirth, UK [Movement/PCL] [Buy Tickets]
Sat 5 - Fibbers, York, UK [Movement/PCL] [Buy Tickets]
Sun 6 - The Hop Farm Festival, Kent, UK [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]
Thu 10 – Live At Leopardstown, Leopardstown Racecourse, Nr Dublin – Ireland [JD] [Buy Tickets]
Sun 27 - Stockton Weekend, Stockton On Tees, UK [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]


Fri 1 – Umbria Rock Festival, Umbria, Italy [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]
Sat 2 – Lounge On The Farm – Canterbury, Kent, [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]
Sun 3 - Camp Bestival, Dorset, UK [JD/NO] [Buy Tickets]
Sun 17 – Alt-Fest, Kettering, UK [Unknown Pleasures] [Buy Tickets]


Sun 7 - Bestival, Isle Of Wight, UK [Unknown Pleasures] [Buy Tickets]
Thu 25 - The Ritz, Manchester, UK - [Low–life/Brotherhood] [Buy Tickets]
Fri 27 - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK - Low–life/Brotherhood] [Buy Tickets]

USA - November 2014

Tue 4 - The Mohawk, Austin, TX
Thu 6 - Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA
Fri 7 - Irving Plaza, New York, NY
Sat 8 - Royale, Boston, MA
Mon 10 - Theatre Tellus, Montreal, QC
Tue 11 - Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON
Thu 13 - The Magic Bag, Ferndale, MI
Fri 14 - Metro, Chicago, IL
Sat 15 - Fine Line Music Cafe, Minneapolis, MN
Mon 17 - Venue, Vancouver, BC
Tue 18 - Nuemos, Seattle, WA
Thu 20 - Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR
Fri 21 - Mezzanine, San Francisco, CA
Sat 22 - Henry Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles, CA
Mon 24 - The Glasshouse, Pomona, CA (Movement / Power, Corruption & Lies - El Ten Eleven Support)
Tue 25 - The Roxy, Los Angeles, CA (Unknown Pleasures / Closer – With Special Guests)
Wed 26 - House Of Blues, San Diego, CA

All USA shows feature 'Low-Life'/'Brotherhood' and other material from the period 1983–1987.

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15 Apr 2014
Northside Live 2014 
Northside Live @ The Venue, Derby Friday 18 April 2014

Northside's Spring 2014 Reunion Tour continues this Easter Holiday Weekend at The Brudenell Social Club on Thursday, The Venue in Derby on Friday and The Cross in Birmingham on Saturday. There are further dates in Glasgow, Blackburn, Aberdeen before we conclude in Manchester Club Academy 3 on 3 May.

12 - Brixton Jamm, London [Buy tickets]
17 - Brudenell Social Club, Leeds [Buy tickets]
18 - The Venue, Derby [Buy tickets]
19 - The Cross, Birmingham [Buy tickets]
24 - The Classic Grand, Glasgow [Buy tickets]
25 - Blakey's Cafe Bar, Blackburn NEW! [Buy tickets]
26 - Drummonds, Aberdeen [Buy tickets]


3 - Club Academy, Manchester [Buy tickets]

Meanwhile, here's some photos from our Tumblr sister site of the highly enjoyable first date of the tour at Brixton Jamm on Saturday 12 April 2014.

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14 Apr 2014
FAC 51 The Hacienda Good Friday @ Sankeys 
FAC 51 The Haçienda Good Friday 2014 @ Sankeys MCR

The final tickets for the FAC 51 The Haçienda Good Friday at Sankeys are now on sale. The most excellent line-up features many of the original DJs that shaped the club including headliners Mike Pickering & Graeme Park, Greg Wilson, Hewan Clarke, Jon Dasilva, Justin Robertson, Herbie Saccani and Russ.

Tickets are available now priced from 15.00 GBP via Sankeys, Skiddle, Ticket Arena.

More info at the Facebook Event.


Haçienda Good Friday 2014 @ Sankeys
Friday 18 April 2014 / 10pm to 5am

Mike Pickering and Graeme Park
Greg Wilson
Hewan Clarke
Justin Robertson
Jon Dasilva
Herbie Saccani

Radium St
M4 6JG


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11 Apr 2014
A Factory Night for Record Store Day 
A Factory Night for Record Store Day

Here's your final call for A Factory Night for Record Store Day featuring Crispy Ambulance, Section 25 and Minny Pops (+ DJ FAC Col MCR) at the Ruby Lounge in Manchester on Record Store Day - Saturday 19 April 2014 from 6.30pm.

Tickets are still available (but selling fast) now priced 10.00 GBP over the counter (no booking fee) via Vinyl Revival, Hilton St, Manchester and online via Ticketline (plus booking fee).

Don't forget that on the same day at The Bay Horse there is the Manchester Spins Vinyl EP Launch #1 featuring a special exhibition of vinyl record artwork by Factory Records design maestro Trevor Johnson.

Manchester Spins Vinyl EP Launch #1

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8 Apr 2014
Northside - Shall We Take A Trip? 
Shall We Take A Trip

Northside has announced a new version of classic Factory Records album Chicken Rhythms [FACT 310] via Cherry Red for release as a 2CD set on 19 May 2014. The complete original 11-track album is presented on disc one with all the singles and b-sides from the Factory era on the second disc including My Rising Star and Take 5 plus the Mark Radcliffe radio session.

The album hits on the streets on the back of the Spring 2014 Reunion Tour which starts in London this Saturday at Brixton Jamm.


Disc One: Chicken Rhythms

1. Take 5
2. Weight Of Air
3. Funky Munky
4. A Change Is On Its Way
5. Yeah Man
6. Tour De World
7. Wishful Thinking
8. Shall We Take A Trip?
9. Who's To Blame
10. Practise Makes Perfect
11. My Rising Star

Disc Two: The Singles

1. Shall We Take A Trip? (12")
2. Moody Places (12")
3. My Rising Star (12")
4. Take 5 (7")
5. Tour De World (Edit)
6. Moody Places (7")
7. My Rising Star*
8. Weight Of Air*
9. Moody Places*
10. A Change Is On Its Way*
11. My Rising Star (7" Instrumental)
12. Who's To Blame (Instrumental)
13. Moody Places (Instrumental)
14. My Rising Star (12" Instrumental)

* Radio 5 Mark Radcliffe Session

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6 Apr 2014
Ike Yard Remixed 
Ike Yard Remixed

Desire Records has announced full details of the long-awaited Ike Yard 'Remixed' album which combines together the three 12" singles (1, 2 and 3) released over the last 18 months which featured various versions of Loss, NCR, Half A God and Cherish 8 reimagined by the likes of Regis, Monoton, Powell, KVB, Vessel and many more. All nine tracks are present and correct but are accompanied by a final three remixes exclusive to this compilation. Cherish 8 is remixed by French kraut/electronic producer Intramoros of One Switch To Collision and also by Norwegian electronic veterans Epilketrician. And to close this collection Monoton offers a club mix of NCR.

Remixed is available in a special Desire bundle including the CD, an exclusive 1-sided 12" single and 2 badges available to pre-order now with late April ahipping.

Update [7 Apr]: Stuart Argabright informs us that there is also a Japanese edition which will have a further bonus CDR with 3 Japanese remixes and an added Orphan Swords Ike Yard remix. Ike has done a collaboration with Orphan Swords that is coming out on Desire soon.


1. Loss (Regis version) (new mastering)
2. NCR (Monoton dub)
3. Half a God (Tropic Of Cancer remix)
4. Half a God (Recombinant remix)
5. Cherish 8 (Arnaud Rebotini remix)
6. Half a God (Powell remix)
7. Cherish 8 (The KVB remix)
8. Cherish 8 (Vessel remix)
9. NCR (Bandshell remix)
10. Cherish 8 (Intramoros 100wassers remix)
11. Cherish 8 (Epilektrician remix)
12. NCR (Monoton club mix)

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3 Apr 2014
Minny Pops - Sparks in a Dark Room LP 
Minny Pops - Sparks in a Dark Room [FBN 15]

Following on from the 2CD edition of Sparks in a Dark Room by Minny Pops, Factory Benelux announces special limited edition 2 vinyl LP set of the very same.

The new vinyl edition features the original album on the first LP and then adds a bonus LP featuring an entire live performance (13 tracks), recorded at Amsterdam Melkweg on 7 April 2012 on their 30th anniversary tour, with original members Wally Van Middendorp, Wim Dekker and Pieter Mulder joined by new guitarist Mark Ritsema.

FBN 15 is a limited edition of just 500 copies. 300 sets will be pressed in standard black vinyl, and 200 sets in coloured vinyl (blue and orange). Both discs have been specially remastered for vinyl.



A1. A Feeling
A2. Tracking
A3. Crack
A4. Vital
A5. Blue Roses
A6. Mountain

B1. Black Eye
B2. Wong
B3. Experience
B4. Dream
B5. Night Visit
B6. Trance

LP2 (Live)

C1. Kogel
C2. Blue Roses
C3. Tracking
C4. Vital
C5. Goddess
C6. Dolphin's Spurt

C7. Mountain
D1. Wong
D2. Secret Story
D3. Time
D4. Trance
D5. Mental
D6. Son

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A Factory Trip to the Market 
Here's a short notice alert for FAC collectors in London this Friday. Alan, who used to work with Mark Eastwood @ famed record shop The Record Peddler on Swan St in Manchester, will have his own stall at Old Spitalfields Market just off Bishopsgate near Liverpool Street in London this coming Friday 4 April. I am assured that Alan will have some choice FAC items in stock including posters. Maybe see you there?

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2 Apr 2014
Manchester Spins Vinyl EP Launch #1 
Manchester Spins Vinyl EP Launch #1

Manchester Spins, the independent, non‐profit making, promotional recording project from Yvonne G. Rybka Erskine and Manchester based artists, launches on Record Store Day with the release of its first Limited Edition EP featuring Ash Mountain, in conjunction with an exhibition of work by noted Factory Records vinyl sleeve designer Trevor Johnson.

Both Ash Mountain and Josh Lisuik will be performing tracks from the EP throughout the day. The limited edition coloured vinyl will also be on sale for a special price of only 5.00 GBP.

Saturday 19 April
The Bay Horse
35-37 Thomas Street
M4 1NA

Admission free

Participating local record shops will also be stocking Manchester Spins #1 with Ash Mountain for Record Store Day! (RRP 8.00 GBP)

More info at the Facebook event.

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