Archive for February, 2015

Fac 251 Factory laminate pass, Manchester September 1990.

February 19, 2015

Factory phase1 passHere is my Factory laminate pass for the opening night/party in September 1990, of Fac 251 the then new Factory Records headquarters. The opening night was pretty chaotic but great fun!

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And here’s another one of my photographs of the outside of the building that became Fac 251, taken around late 1989 (I think)! When Factory had just bought the building that is on the corner of Princess Street and Charles Street in Manchester M1. This was before they renovated it and turned into their stylish new offices/headquarters! Complete with adornment of Central Stations portrait of Shaun Ryder used for the Happy Mondays album cover ‘Bummed’ Fact 220 1988. (Take a look at one of my earlier posts on the blog with other photos of the same building).

The building is still there now and is Factory 251, the nightclub, part owned by Peter Hook one of the original and founder members of Joy Division and New Order.

Something to listen to; Happy Mondays ‘Dennis and Lois’ from the album ‘Pills ‘N Thrills and Bellyaches’ Fact 320 1990. What a great track!!


Here’s the original cover for ‘Pills ‘N Thrills and Bellyaches’!!



New Order, ticket stub, Meadowlands Arena, New Jersey USA 19th July 1989.

February 11, 2015



Here’s my ticket stub for New Order at the Meadowlands Arena in New Jersey 1989.

Also playing that night were the Sugar Cubes and Public Image Ltd. Although I don’t really remember that much of the night itself or the other bands! I do remember there being a big crowd and as usual New Order kept everybody waiting. Typically there seemed to be a lot of English people around particularly Northerners!! The Meadowlands Arena was the then home of the New York Giants, American football team and it was a pretty big stadium.

I think it may have been the last night of New Orders twelve week tour of America that year! I can also remember me and my mates travelled there from central Manhattan on public transport and it was a pain to get to as most people seemed to be in cars!

The Happy Mondays were in America at the same time as New Order in the summer of 1989 touring with their album ‘Bummed’. So there was a bit of a Factory Records in America ‘vibe’ going on, I think Tony Wilson/Factory Records also participated in the ‘New Music Seminar’ in NYC around the same time.

Something to listen to and a track that New Order played in their set that night; New Order ‘Blue Monday’.Originally released March 1983 Fac 73 Single.