Inspired by the 40th anniversary of the founding of Factory Records at 86 Palatine Road
and recreating its ‘for love and not for gold’ ethos
in a free music and arts festival in the heart of Withington
on Saturday 6 October 2018 from 2pm-2am
In 1978 maverick TV presenter Tony Wilson and band manager Alan Erasmus founded legendary independent record label, Factory Records, at Erasmus’s flat on Palatine Road. Last year a blue plaque was erected at the address in recognition of Factory’s significance – with its innovative bands (including Joy Division, New Order and Happy Mondays) and iconic nightclub, The Haçienda.
40 years on, members of Withington Civic Society’s Heritage Group and the owner of local music shop, Deco Records, decided this anniversary must be commemorated. Like minded volunteers including music bloggers MIMR joined them, all fired by a belief in Factory’s ‘for love, not for gold’ ethos all keen to celebrate its legacy. With the support of other members of the community and local venues, M20 Festival was born!
M20 Festival is a music and arts event taking place across several independent venues in Withington, including cafe bars, nightclubs, pubs and the record shop.
The event will kick off in the afternoon (official opening by Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham – 2pm) at The Old Bank with an art exhibition, including original Factory designs by Trevor Johnson and music photography from the MEN’s Charlotte Wellings. There will also be a talk by musician, broadcaster and writer, CP Lee, on the musical history of Withington, a guided tour of Factory hotspots in the area and “Joy Division in Words”, a discussion on fiction and non-fiction inspired by Joy Division hosted by Dave Haslam.
‘Cowboy Dave’, Colin O’Toole’s BAFTA award winning account of his childhood encounter with former Factory artiste, Dave Rowbotham will be screened in the afternoon, accompanied by a Q&A.
The local venues will be buzzing with live music, curated by Deco Records as a celebration of Factory’s legacy to the area’s vibrant music scene, with DJs later on, including Jez and Martin from A Certain Ratio.
This will be a free event with donations going to Future Perfect, raising money for art & music therapy at the Christie.
Further information can be found on the M20 Festival Facebook Page page or you can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.