Void The Hacienda, Flyers 1989.

July 11, 2016

Void Hac flyer


2 Void Flyers, The Hacienda, Manchester 1989.

And something to listen too;

808 State ‘Pacific State’ released in November 1989 on the ZTT label.

It was first getting played at the Hacienda at the ‘Void’ Wednesday nights  and ‘Nude’ Friday nights by Mike Pickering. It was a big club tune in the summer of 89 before its official release in November that year.


The Festival of the tenth summer 12th-20th July 1986 Fac 151. Manchester England. Promo booklet.

February 23, 2016

Festival 10th P.O.E. 2

Festival 10th P.O.E. 3


Festival 10th P.O.E. 86


Here is the promotional booklet for ‘The festival of the tenth summer’ (Fac 151) a week long series of events from 12th-20th July 1986 organised by Factory Records and given a catalogue number. The event was about celebrating music, art, literature and film ten years after ‘Punk’ in the UK.

The week culminated with the ’10th event’ concert on Saturday 19th July featuring A Certain Ratio, The Smiths, New Order, The Fall amongst others. If I remember correctly New Order were last on, but it wasn’t really about who headlined. Just a excellent line up of bands and 10,000 people going crazy, great night!

Some Music from three of the bands playing that night. All three songs featured in the bands set on the night.

New Order Shellshock;



The Smiths Hand In Glove;



The Fall Mr Pharmacist;







Hacienda, New Years Eve, 1986-1987, ticket stub.

December 31, 2015



Hac NYE TKT 86 back


Hac NYE TKT 86


Admission £6!!!

Get in early!

Something to listen to; ‘Love Can’t Turn Around’, Farley “Jackmaster” Funk & Jesse Saunders Feat. Darryl Pandy. 1986.

Echo & The Bunnymen, ticket stub. The International Manchester 1985.

November 12, 2015

Bunnymen Int Tkt stub 85

Echo & the Bunnymen ticket stub from the gig at the The International in Manchester 21st June 1985.

This was billed as a warm up concert for Glastonbury on June 23rd. The Bunnymen did two sets that night, the first was a set of cover versions including Velvet Underground; There She Goes Again and Rolling Stones; Paint It Black.

Their second set at The International that night was packed with excellent tunes from, Crocodiles, Heaven Up Here, Porcupine and Ocean Rain.

Something to listen to; Echo & The Bunnymen; The Cutter from the 1983 Album Porcupine.

Fac 51 The Hacienda, postcard.

October 29, 2015

Hacienda B.kelly p_card

Fac 51 The Hacienda, Ben Kelly design 1982.

Great photograph of the Hacienda dance floor in daylight!

The postcard was from the exhibition ‘Sublime’ Manchester Music and Design 1976-1992 at the Cornerhouse in Manchester. A excellent exhibition with a very smart exhibition catalogue to coincide with the show.

Something to listen to; Played a lot in the early days at the Hacienda. New Order, Temptation Fac 63. Released May 1982.



The Smiths promo poster for ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ album 1984.

October 7, 2015


The Smiths promo poster for ‘Hatful Of Hollow’ album 1984.

‘Hatful of Hollow’ was The Smiths second album and was released 12th November 1984 on Rough Trade / Rough 76.

Something to listen to; ‘Reel Around The Fountain’ from the album.

The Stone Roses, Spike Island, Widnes 27th May 1990. Ticket stub.

May 27, 2015

Spike Island tktMy ‘Spike Island’ ticket stub. 25 years ago today!!

Great day, it was even hot and sunny for most of the day! The fireworks after The Stone Roses performed were great and finished it off perfectly.

S_Island tkt backThe back of the ‘Spike Island’ ticket complete with directions, which were needed!

And here is something to listen to: The Stone Roses ‘I Am the Resurrection’. From ‘The Stone Roses’ album, released 17th April 1989;

New Order, Happy Mondays poster, the Hacienda, Manchester 1985.

May 5, 2015

New Order Happy Mondays poster from the Hacienda 1986

I got this poster from one of the notice boards inside the Hacienda at the time, typical Factory it was hand written with no exact dates on it, the gigs were in April!! I think it may have been the first couple of shows as a Factory band for Happy Mondays and being the support for New Order meant it was good crowds at both shows.
I seem to remember the Macclesfield leisure centre one being pretty rowdy and most people there being the worst for wear. The Happy Mondays were great and had only played a few concerts up to that point and had not yet released their first record.

New Order were excellent too and it was a home town gig for two of the memebers of the band.
This poster was on me and my brothers bedroom wall at my mum and dads house for years, you can still see the bluetack marks on the corners!
Its now lovingly framed on my wall at home!

Something to listen too; New Order ‘Thieves Like Us’ Fac 103. May 1984.

Happy Mondays, ticket stub. The New Ritz, NYC USA, August 4th 1989.

April 29, 2015


Here’s my ticket stub from August 1989 from one of the Happy Mondays dates on the American ‘Bummed’ tour. That night they were supporting The Pixies who were a really big indie band at the time. The Happy Mondays performance that night was captured on film and later featured on the ‘Madchester Rave on’ video, Fac 262 1989. Excellent night it was too!


A photo of Happy Mondays taken by the renowned Manchester photographer Kevin Cummins. From the same US tour in 1989, taken on the Staten Island ferry in NYC. Bez refers to this as his favourite photo taken of the band!!

And something to listen to; Happy Mondays ‘Country Song’ from the album ‘Bummed’ Fact 220 November 1988.


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’!!