31 October 2012
SXXV, X.O.Dus, Kevin Hewick live in Preston 
24 November sees a special ex-FAC night at The Continental Bar in Preston featuring Section 25, X.O.Dus and Kevin Hewick.

The evening will feature a presentation of 'selected highlights from Shadowplayers' from 18:00-19:45.

Then, after a short break to clear the seating, the live music will start at 20:15 with sets from Kevin Hewick, followed by X.O.Dus and, finally, Section 25.

Tickets are available now at 8.00 GBP advance from The Continental Bar (Tel: 01772 499 425), Action Records Preston (Tel: 01772 884 772), Preston Tourist information (Te: 01772 253 731) and online from wegottickets.com, seetickets.com and ticketline.co.uk.

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SXXV, X.O.Dus, Kevin Hewick live in Preston

SXXV, X.O.Dus, Kevin Hewick live in Preston

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After Closer (Digital Edition) Competition 
A reminder that our @seditionart / Peter Saville After Closer [Digital Edition] competition closes Sunday 4 November at 22:00 GMT.

In order to do is answer the following question:

"The designs for which skyscraper in New York City encouraged Peter Saville to adopt a neo-Classical style for the original Closer album sleeve?"

Normal Cerysmatic Competition rules apply - one entry by email per person. The lucky winner will be pulled out of the Cerysmatic SF Giants baseball hat. The winner will be notified by email and will receive a voucher code with which to download the prize.

After Closer [Digital Edition] is available direct from s[edition] art on dynamic pricing.

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25 October 2012
Happy Mondays Autumn Tour 2012 
Happy Mondays bring 2012 to a live conclusion in fine style with a selection of UK and continental Europe dates. It's off to the Brighton Centre on 30 November before 8 dates in France, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Germany and the Netherlands. The tour then goes to Shetland and London before finishing on Saturday 22 December at The Warehouse Project in Manchester.

That tour itinerary in full:

November

30 - The Brighton Centre, Brighton (+ support from 808 State Sound System, 

Tickets £32.50 via theticketsellers.co.uk

December

1 - Le Trabendo, Paris, France
3 - Het Depot, Leuven, Belgium
5 - Debaser, Malmö, Sweden
6 - Sentrum Scene, Oslo, Norway
7 - Kvarteret, Bergen, Norway
9 - Debaser, Stockholm, Sweden
10 - Huxleys, Berlin, Germany
11 - Effenaar, Eindhoven, Netherlands

14/15 - Mareel, Shetland (+ support John Wean, The Revellers and Vertigo DJ Aftershow, tickets available now priced 50.00 GBP online via Shetland Box Office at Isleburgh Community Centre)

19/20 - Roundhouse, Camden (Standing tickets £32.50 available to buy now

22 - The Warehouse Project, Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (Tickets via ents24.com priced £25.00)

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22 October 2012
After Closer Competition 
Cerysmatic Factory is proud to present in association with @seditionart a competition to win a copy of Peter Saville's After Closer [Digital Edition] based on the original artwork for Joy Division which launched on 17 October 2012.

Originally a silk screen limited edition print made for the V&A's Postmodernism exhibition, After Closer [Digital Edition] is available as a full HD 1080p video lasting 3 minutes and a high-resolution (1919x1080px) still image.

In order to win a digital copy, all you have to do is answer the following question:

"The designs for which skyscraper in New York City encouraged Peter Saville to adopt a neo-Classical style for the original Closer album sleeve?"

Normal Cerysmatic Competition rules apply - one entry by email per person. The closing date is Sunday 4 November at 22:00 GMT after which time the lucky winner will be pulled out of the hat. The winner will be notified by email and will receive a voucher code with which to download the prize.

After Closer [Digital Edition] is available direct from s[edition] art on dynamic pricing.

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20 October 2012
Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012 
The original line-up of the Happy Mondays will play 2 shows in the Shetland Islands on 14/15 December 2012. These will be the only Scottish gigs on the band's forthcoming European Tour.

Other former Factory acts who have played on the UK's most northerly islands include Peter Hook, The Durutti Column and Dermo from Northside.

Happy Mondays shows will take place in Shetland's new 600 capacity venue, Mareel.

Support comes from John Wean, The Revellers and Vertigo (DJ Aftershow).

Tickets available now priced 50.00 GBP online via Shetland Box Office at Isleburgh Community Centre.

Happy Mondays live in Shetland 2012

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19 October 2012
The Return of the Russell Club 
Alan Wise (via the official Facebook event page): "The Return of the Russell.. for one night only at the factory princess st will be on Sunday Nov 25th Doors 8pm bands 9 and 11 pm for half an hour each x o Dus and one other tbc. Price £10 with free patties from salmon, All VIP passes still valid if any. Need artwork "Mummy style" from return of the Russell in 1982.. This nostalgic event will be £10 for everyone, inc me that did not keep their Russell/factory VIP pass and Penny Henry will be checking them assisted by Yankie Bill and Tex.. Ivan unfortunately was shot dead years ago but well have a drink for him. Dj tbc will be i and I Blacka Bullitt aka Tony West, and danny and hewan and others... Plenty of reggae style and Ska Records.laid back live bands.And some Dub Reggae for wayne worm...Anyone too poor for a tenner ticket well someone else will get it for you... ill get waynes. RETURN OF THE RUSSELL One night only"

The Return of The Russell Club

Wise Moves 35th Annual Ball
presents
For One Night Only
The Return of the Russell Club
Appearing live: X.O.Dus
Sunday 25th November 2012 from 8pm
Factory 251 at 118 Princess Street, Manchester, M1 7EN

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New Minny Pops single on O Genesis 
Dutch conceptual art-pop-electro pioneers Minny Pops will cap a year that has seen their first live performances in over 30 years with the release of their first new material in a similar length of time in the form of a single on Tim Burgess's O Genesis label out 26 November 2012.

Front man Wally van Middendorp says that the vinyl/digital download comprising Waiting For This To Happen/Glistering is "the never-hoped-for bonus of our reformation. It has been a long journey from FAC 31 to OGEN 19."

For the recording of the new material, the band returned to Stockport where the aforementioned FAC 31 single had been recorded in 1980 at Strawberry Studios with producer Martin Hannett behind the desk. The current Minny Pops line up of van Middendorp, Wim Dekker (keyboards), Pieter Mulder (bass), Thomas Myrmel (programming) and Mark Ritsema (guitar) spent an afternoon in September 2012 at Eve Studios with O Genesis proprietor (and FAC fan) Tim Burgess producing.

Artist: Minny Pops
Title: Waiting For This To Happen / Glistering
Label: O Genesis
Catalogue number: OGEN 19
Release date: 26 November 2012

Minny Pops in the kitchen (via minnypops.com)

To celebrate the single's release, Minny Pops play The Quietus Occasion (OGEN 027) at The Lexington, Islington on Monday 26 November 2012. This special live event will also feature a live set from Pavlov's Children, readings by Craig Parkinson and DJ spots by Tim Burgess and Nik Colk Void of Factory Floor.

The Lexington
96-98 Pentonville Road
London N1

Tickets available now priced 9.00 GBP in advance from wegottickets.com

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18 October 2012
Nyam Nyam - Hope of Heaven + Singles 
LTM presents a digitally remastered 18-track album by Hull's Nyam Nyam this November. The extended CD features all tracks from the original Situation Two album Hope of Heaven and EP The Architect together with both sides of their first 7" single and the extended 12" version of the Peter Hook-produced Factory Benelux single Fate plus a brand new track Doubt. The package also features a 16-page booklet featuring archive images and detailed sleevenotes from Paul Trynka, Trevor Simpson, Peter Hook and designer Vaughan Oliver.

Nyam Nyam - Hope of Heaven + Singles

Artist: Nyam Nyam
Title: Hope of Heaven + Singles
Label: LTM
Catalogue number: LTMCD 2575
Release date: 12 November 2012

Tracklisting

The Illuminated Ones
Fate, The Meeting
This Is the Place
You Need More
The House
Hope of Heaven
And To Hold
The Resolution
The Architect
The Last Place (Hope of Heaven)
Mining Different Seams
And To Hold (Version 2)
Untitled
Fate (FBN 12")
When We Can't Make Laughter Stay
Knowledge (Chapter II)
Doubt

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Hacienda 30 
New State Music and FAC 51 The Haçienda release the 3CD Haçienda 30 compilation which sees the original DJ duo Pickering and Park joined by original club owner Peter Hook in supplying the classics from the Haç's history.

Disc 1 is Graeme Park's baby and features upfront UK and US garage and uplifting house - indeed, the opening track in this mix, Let The Music Lift You Up by Darlene Lewis, sets the tone perfectly for the next 70-odd minutes with similar classics such as Inner City's Share My Love, MK's Burning, Shawn Christopher's Make My Love (the days when the name Stonebridge appeared on all the hot remixes of the age) and the underrated slammer, Rushing by Loni Clark.

Mike Pickering takes up the knobs on Disc 2 and edges it with a ripe selection of UK bleep, Chicago house and deeper techno that ranges from Sweet Exorcist's killer Testone, Hashim's must-have Al-Naafyish and Pickering's own Carino from his T-Coy project. There isn't a dud among these.

Somehow, Peter Hook's Disc 3 melting pot of Raze, De'Lacy, New Order, The Stone Roses, Robin S and Happy Mondays bubbles like a student night should, before getting all grown up with Strings of Life, Salsa House and Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use).

The release comes with a specially designed booklet featuring previously-unseen photography and a focus on the club's 30th Anniversary Party that took place in the Haçienda Apartments' car park on 21 May 2012 - 30 years to the day after the club first opened.

With thanks to Paul Pledger at FlipsideFlipside Reviews for review extracts. Read his full review at flipsideflipsidereviews.blogspot.co.uk.

Hacienda 30 is out now via New State Music on iTunes (UK), Amazon (UK) and other outlets.

More info at FAC 51 The Hacienda, Facebook and Twitter.

Hacienda 30

Tracklisting

CD1 Graeme Park

1. Darlene Lewis - Let The Music (Lift You Up) (Reese Inner City Club Mix)
2. Inner City - Share My Life (Graeme Park Vocal Mix)
3. Shawn Christopher - Make My Love (Stonebridge Main Mix)
4. Suzi Carr - All Over Me (Doc & Baron Club Mix)
5. Kim Beacham - True Love (Full Vocal Mix)
6. Solution - Feels So Right (Original Victor Simonelli Mix)
7. Lil' Mo' Yin Yang - Reach (Kenny Dope Remix)
8. Loni Clark - Rushing (Club Mix)
9. Murk - If You Really Love Someone (Original Mix)
10. Love Tribe - Stand Up (Narcotic Mix)
11. MK - Burning (MK Extended Remix)
12. The Reese Project - Colour Of Love (Reese Deep Mix)
13. The Sound Factory - Cuban Gigolo (Original Mix)
14. Landlord ft. Dex - I Like It (Blow Out Dub)
15. Masters At Work ft. India - I Can't Get No Sleep (MK Dub Mix)
16. The Untouchables - Lil' Louie's Anthem
17. De-lite ft. Osca Child - Wild Times (Mayday Mix)
18. Cut The Q - Who Needs A Love Like That (Graeme Park & John Crossley Groove Remix)
19. Seduction - (You're My One And Only) True Love (New York House Mix)

CD2 Mike Pickering

1. Sweet Exorcist - Testone
2. Nitro DeLuxe - Let's Get Brutal (This Brutal House)
3. Reese & Santonio - The Sound
4. Arnold Jarvis - Take Some Time Out
5. Jamie Principle - Baby Want's To Ride
6. Circuit ft. Koffi - Shelter Me (The Helter Skelter Mix)
7. Hashim - Al-Naafyish (The Soul)
8. Orange Lemon - Dreams Of Santa Anna
9. T-Coy - Carino
10. The Minutemen - Bingo Bongo (Loops)
11. The Fog - Been A Long Time
12. Rio Rhythm Band - Carnival De Casa
13. Black Riot - A Day In The Life
14. Phase II - Reachin' (Brotherhood Mix)
15. Robert Owens - I'll Be Your Friend
16. Sterling Void - Runaway Girl (Pimp Dub Mix)
17. George Morel ft. Shadii - I Found It (The Dub Mix)
18. X-Press 2 - Muzik Xpress
19. The Reese Project - Direct Me (Joey Negro Disco Blend Remix)
20. S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. - It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day (The Palladium House Anthem)

CD3 Peter Hook

1. Man Ray - Numbers
2. Raze - Break 4 Love
3. De'Lacy - Hideaway (Deep Dish Remix)
4. Soft House Company - What You Need
5. Charles B - Lack Of Love
6. New Order - Fine Time (Steve 'Silk' Hurley Mix)
7. Kevin Saunderson - The Groove That Won't Stop (Detroit Special Mix)
8. The Stone Roses - Made Of Stone (808 State Remix)
9. Happy Mondays - Kinky Afro (Euro Mix)
10. Clubland - (I'm Under) Love Strain (David Morales Dub)
11. Degrees Of Motion - Do You Want It Right Now (King Street Mix)
12. Rhythim Is Rhythim - Strings Of Life
13. Moby - Go (Woodtick Remix)
14. Robin S - Show Me Love (Stonebridge Club Mix)
15. Richie Rich - Salsa House (Original Mix)
16. Sub Sub ft. Melanie Williams - Ain't No Love (Ain't No Use)
17. Turntable Orchestra – You're Gonna Miss Me
18. FPI Project - Everybody (All Over The World)
19. Playtime Toons - Shaker Song (Original Mix)

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17 October 2012
After Closer [Digital Edition] by Peter Saville 
s[edition], the digital platform for collecting contemporary art, launches today the After Closer [Digital Edition] by Peter Saville. This piece, which was and originally was conceived as a limited edition screen print in 2011 for the V&A's Postmodernism exhibition, references Joy Division's transition to New Order following Ian Curtis's suicide. More explicitly, it directly recalls the album 'Closer'.

After Closer [Digital Edition] by Peter Saville

s[edition] specialises in bringing digital limited edition artworks by the world’s leading artists to mobile phones, iPads, computers and television screens.

This digital limited edition of 1,000 is presented with an early bird offer. For a limited time, the price will be just £10 and will rise automatically as the edition sells out.

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11 October 2012
Factory bands gig @ Eric's, Liverpool cancelled 
Unfortunately, Friday's gig featuring X.O.Dus, Section 25 and Kevin Hewick at Eric's in Liverpool has been cancelled. Please contact the venue or your ticket reseller for info on refunds.

The good news is that we now have full details of another gig with X.O.Dus, this time at FAC 251 The Factory on Sunday 25 November. Their appearance is part of a wider night under the title "The Return of the Russell Club" which is being promoted by Alan Wise. Tickets are only 10.00 GBP.

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09 October 2012
X.O.Dus, SXXV & Kevin Hewick live 
A reminder of upcoming gigs by gigs featuring the original Factory bands X.O.Dus, Section 25 and Kevin Hewick, most imminently at Eric's in Liverpool this coming Friday with tickets only 8 quid.

Itinerary

12 Oct - Eric's, Liverpool [Buy tickets via Ticketweb]
25 Oct - Band On The Wall, Manchester - Buy tickets
24 Nov - New Continental, Preston
23 Feb 2013 - The Musician, Leicester

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08 October 2012
Chronicle by The Durutti Column 
'Chronicle', the partly-autobiographical album by The Durutti Column, is to be officially released on Kooky.

More details at Kooky's newly-relaunched website.

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03 October 2012
Section 25/Stereograph split 12" EP​ [PHR1] 
Phaneron Records​ presents a limited 12" EP with future touring partners Section 25 and Stereograph sharing a side each. The record comes in coloured vinyl, hand die-cut sleeves and will be in a strictly limited edition of 500 copies.

Tracklisting

Side One - Section 25

Colour, Movement, Sex and Violence (Dub Mix)
Inner Drive (iDub Mix)

Produced by Derek Miller / Outernationale

Side Two - Stereograph

It's Not Like Me
Siberia
Falling Through

Scheduled for release in late October, pre-orders are being taken now by Phaneron direct for USD 10.00 + shipping and handling.

www.stereograph.net

Section 25/Stereograph split 12

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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