Some might say there's too much nostalgia in the Manchester music and club scene, but at the same time, that also means there's a ready made market for the return of Factory in the city, courtesy of Peter Hook's FAC 251.
Described as 'a new indie rock and roll club and live venue', FAC 251 is the old Factory HQ, redesigned by original original architect Ben Kelly and operated in conjunction with club operators Tokyo Industries.
It claims to be geared towards contemporary bands, promoters and DJs, although the Saturday night line-up is anything but – a three-room set-up means old Hacienda night Stone Love playing indie tunes, a second Hacienda Presents room hosting 'Mancunian rock legends' on the decks while a 3rd hosts a soundtrack of 70s New York City Funk & 80s Electro Pop. We suspect the more interesting nights might be taking place on the other nights – details of which are still to be conformed.
Finally, an opening night event on Friday 5th February 2010 will see Peter Hook's The Light take the stage – a one-off performance by a 'Manchester supergroup' with Mani (Stone Roses), Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Howard Marks and other special guests, performing rare Joy Division and New Order tracks, and a hits retrospective featuring songs by Hooky's previous bands Monaco, Revenge, New Order, Joy Division plus and the debut of his new material with Freebass.
For details of that and everything else, sign up to the club's Facebook page.