31 August 2003
Where are they now? 
Whatever happened to K-Track, The Orch, Italian Love Party and East West Coast who all appeared on Fac 2.02 A Factory Sample Too? Are they currently residing in the where are they now file??
August - when it was 
Twenty years ago, in August 1983, Fac 51 The Haçienda played host to such varied delights as Roman Holiday, Lydia Lunch, Einstürzende Neubaten, King (with DJ Gary Crowley) and Factory stalwarts Cabaret Voltaire.

On the 4th of August 1991, the second day of Cities in the Park took place in Heaton Park, Manchester. Factory bands took over the line-up and there were performances from Electronic, Happy Mondays, Revenge, Cath Carroll, The Adventure Babies, The Durutti Column.

"Manchester is still alive... and London, New York and all the rest are still dead"

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30 August 2003
Peter Saville Talk 
Don't forget the Peter Saville Talk at the Design Museum, London, this Tuesday 2 September. "To coincide with The Peter Saville Show, the first museum retrospective of his work, Peter Saville, one of the world's most influential graphic designers, will discuss his work - past and present - and the evolution of graphic design." The talk starts at 7.15pm but the galleries open at 6.30pm for a (re)view of the Show.

The Peter Saville Show is on until 14 September.

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FAC 51 The Hacienda
The Names

Post punk cult band The Names emerged in the winter of 1977-1978 as The Passengers, gathering immediate attention on the local Brussels scene. In 1979, after a series of successful gigs and a crucial step forward opening for Magazine, they recorded their first E.P. ("Spectators Of Life") and attracted the interest of prominent label Factory Records in Manchester.

Their first British studio session (at Stockport's Strawberry Studio) produced the single "Nightshift" / "I Wish I Could Speak Your Language (Fac 29). Receiving enthusiastic reviews in the UK and abroad, it marked the start of a long and fruitful collaboration with producer Martin Hannett. The album "Swimming" followed as well as more singles, including "Calcutta" and "The Astronaut".

- extract from the official website biography

Factory Records Catalogue

The Durutti Column