29 April 2013
Polite Postcards & Badges sets competition 
Factory Records Postcard Set 1978-82

Here's your chance to win two splendid Factory Records boxed sets of postcards and badges courtesy of those lovely people at Polite Cards and Factory Editions.

The Factory Records Postcard Set1978-82 contains 25 postcards documenting the early era of the label. This lovingly put together set was released late last year and was accompanied by 3 enamel badges which earlier this year were given the boxed set treatment too. Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013 contains both black and red versions of a FAC 120 reproduction plus a new badge based on the FAC 47 anvil logo.

Factory Records Enamel Badges 2013

Both boxed sets are styled on the classic Factory Records boxed cassette series in complementary grey tones and retail at 25.00 GBP each via Polite.

In order to win one of each boxed set, all you have to do is answer this simple question:

What is the typeface used on the boxes used for the original Factory "hessian" cassette box series and the new Polite sets?

Answers please by email to reach us no later than 22:00 GMT on Sunday 12 May 2013. Usual Cerysmatic Factory competition rules apply - only one entry per person and the winner will be pulled out the Cerysmatic hat shortly after the closing deadline.

Good luck!

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Hacienda All-Day Closing Party @ Sankeys 
Hacienda – The Sunday All Day Closing Party @ Sankeys

Hacienda – The Sunday All Day Closing Party @ Sankeys

Sunday 5 March 2013
2.30 - 10.30pm

DJ Line-up: Todd Terry, Graeme Park, Tom Wainwright, 808 State DJs, K Klass, Peter Hook (DJ Set), Super White Assassin (DJ Set), Herbie Saccani

Live: Peter Hook and The Light (New Order electronic highlights set), Big Unit (featuring 808 State's Darren Partington)

Outdoor Barbecue!

Sankeys
Radium St
Manchester M4 6JG

Tickets: 10.00 GBP Earlybird 12.00/15.00 GBP Advance available via Fatsoma / Skiddle

More info at sankeys.info / fac51thehacienda.com / Facebook Event

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IKON/KINO 
Our friends over at Gold Mine Trash have a great piece on the Ikon Video / Kino Peripherals Catalogues produced by Ikon/FCL back in the day.

For more info on individual Ikon products and peripherals see factoryrecords.org.

Thanks to Tim @ Stupefaction for spotting.

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Joy Division - Their only tour abroad 
As work continues on the English/Dutch book project about Joy Division's only tour on foreign soil there will be a lecture / visual presentation at the Metropol in Hengelo, The Netherlands on 18 May 2013.

The 'Ian Curtis Memorial Night' will feature a lecture, a documentary, a film, DJ and a covers band.

For more info see metropol.nl [Dutch] or joydivisionbook.com [Dutch/English]

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Scared To Get Happy 
Scared To Get Happy

(Ex-)Factory artists feature on final tracklisting of Cherry Red's 5CD set Scared To Get Happy: A Story of Indie-Pop 1980-1989 as announced by Slicing Up Eyeballs.

The compilation will take an extensive look back at the golden era of British guitar-based indie-pop and features a veritable who's who of artists including Josef K, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream and The Wedding Present.

The Factory element (3 out of 134 tracks) is provided by James, The Railway Children and The Wake as follows:

James - Hymn From A Village (1985)
The Railway Children - A Gentle Sound (1986)
The Wake - Gruesome Castle (1988)

The collection is due out 24 June 2013, includes a 72-page booklet and is expected to cost about 50 GBP.

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19 April 2013
Live @ Manchester Cathedral 18 January 2013 
Peter Hook and The Light Live @ Manchester Cathedral 18 January 2013 by Craige Barker

Peter Hook and The Light are set to release a recording of their 18 January concert [->] at Manchester Cathedral in which they played the New Order albums Movement and Power Corruption And Lies in full and in sequential order. The full tracklisting also features many of the singles of 1981 to 1983 including Ceremony, Everything's Gone Green, Temptation and Blue Monday.

The full show, dubbed "quite extraordinary" and "a real triumph" by critics, is released via Play Concert on Monday 22 April and free downloads and streams including Transmission and Isolation are available now via Soundcloud. Recordings from earlier "Unknown Pleasures" shows live in Preston and Leeds in November 2012 are also available.

Tracklisting

In A Lonely Place
Ceremony
Procession
Dreams Never End
Truth
Senses
Chosen Time
I.C.B.
The Him
Doubts Even Here
Everything's Gone Green
Denial
Mesh
Cries And Whispers
Age Of Consent
We All Stand
The Village
586
Your Silent Face
Ultraviolence
Ecstasy
Leave Me Alone
The Beach
Hurt
Temptation
Blue Monday

Hooky and the boys go back out on the road in the summer playing festival and headline shows across the UK including a showcase at The Coronet in London.

Summer 2013 live itinerary

1 Jun - Crooked Ways Festival Pontefract (Movement/PC&L H'lights)
21 Jun - The Coronet London (Movement / PC&L Electronic Set)
23 Jun - Barnaby Festival Macclesfield (Unknown Pleasures / Closer)
23 Jul - Buxton Opera House, Buxton (Movement / PC&L Full LPs)
11 Aug - Rebellion Festival, Blackpool (Unknown Pleasures)

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18 April 2013
Unknown Pleasures @ London Stone 20 April 
Unknown Pleasures @ London Stone 20 April

Electric Dreams presents

UNKNOWN PLEASURES [JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER NIGHT]

APRIL 20TH 2013

DJS Valeriun, Stix, The Baron and ABW1 [Music for the Masses] will be playing the music from Joy Division and New Order and related/spin off projects as well as some music from other Factory bands and relevant new wave/80s acts.

The London Stone
109 Cannon Street
London EC4N 5AD

£5/4 (Students with ID)

10pm - 3am

More info: Facebook | Electric Dreams (Facebook) | MySpace | Electric Dreams

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17 April 2013
Uncut Funk with Martin Moscrop & DOJO 
Uncut Funk with Martin Moscrop & DOJO

Uncut Funk 100% ACR Special!

Friday 19 April 2013
8pm
Uncut Funk @ The Nook and Cranny
Martin Moscrop
Donald Johnson

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The Nook
535 Wilbraham Rd
Manchester M21 0UE

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Electronic T-Shirts for Record Store Day 
Electronic T-Shirt for Record Store Day (Grey)

Vinyl Revival in Manchester has an exclusive on some brand new limited edition t-shirt based on the original artwork by Trevor Johnson for the Electronic single release Get The Message (FAC 287).

There are 25 in blue and 25 in grey and will be on sale in Vinyl Revival this Record Store Day, Saturday 20 April 2013.

Electronic T-Shirt for Record Store Day (Blue)

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12 April 2013
Atmosphere #4 podcast on Factory Benelux 
Check out a 90-minute podcast on Rectangle Radio (via Podomatic) by Frédéric Cotton about the long inactive (but now resurrected) Factory Records offshoot label Factory Benelux.

The podcast is in French and features an interview with The Names.

Fore more FBN info follow Factory Benelux on Twitter and at factorybenelux.com.

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07 April 2013
The Return of Vini Reilly 
Suicide in E Major performed live at Manchester Town Hall on 3 March 2013 (via Soundcloud).

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04 April 2013
Surprize - In Movimento [FBN 26 CD] 
Surprize - In Movimento [FBN 26 CD]

The next in Factory Benelux's editions series is by the Bologna-based funk outfit Surprize who recorded one single for FBN in 1984.

Full details to follow.

In other FBNews, Treatise on the Steppenwolf by The Durutti Column will be re-released as FBN 63 CD in June 2013. This edition will replace the existing LTM edition and is identical in content to that release.

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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

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The Durutti Column