In addition to our article last week about Peter Hook's new music venture, FAC251 opens its doors on Feb 5th for the first time. The venue has now announced the first details about the opening night and also two exclusive gigs coming up. Remember that the premise of the club, according to its owners, is 'to give something back to Manchester' - looks like they might succeed...
The big night on the 5th opens with a performance by 'The Light', a super-group consisting of Hook, Rowetta, Mani, Andy Rourke and Howard Marks playing a retrospective set of New Order, Joy Division, Monaco and Revenge as well as a separate set of Hook's new band, Freebass. Cost for these very-in-demand tickets is £22.50 plus a further £8.50 for the after-show featuring various club sets. More indie-club madness will happen on the 6th with the return of Stonelove, a revival of the old Hacienda indie-night from back in the daze. There will be 3 rooms featuring either indie, Hooky or electro and hip-hop. Other club nights have also been announced for every night of the week (except Sundays) - but we'll come back to those in a bit.
White Lies and Twisted Wheel have been confirmed for two 'live' performances. White Lies, due to start work on new material later this year, will play at the venue on Sat 13th Feb (£10) while Twisted Wheel do the biz with their ballsy Brit-rock on Friday 26th Feb (£9).
All tickets for all of the above will be on sale via our site from Midday on Friday 29th January. There will be high demand for these events - get ready and don't miss out!
Further gigs will be announced later on but for now, console yourself with a bit more info on those club nights. As well as Stonelove Saturdays there will be Fact Mondays (Student, RnB and electro), Missionary Tuesdays (Soul, reggae, funk, hip-hop, dubstep and fidget), Fuel Wednesdays (DJ set from Mani, a stage show and discopop mash-up), Dyslexic Thursdays ("indee, fidjit,dudstep,drumme n base") and Bulletproof Fridays (indie rock and roll, dubstep, electro,80s). Tickets will cost between £3 and £6 - bargain.
This looks an exciting time for Manchester once again - get involved and get to FAC 251.