Factory Rcrds FACTVM

A unique display of the collection of all the music releases on the Factory label, in their original form

By Lee Isherwood | 26 April 2012

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20th Anniversary Exhibition: Factory Records 1978 – 1992
The Ice Plant, Ancoats, 5th – 7th May
A unique display of the collection of all the music releases on the Factory label, in their original form


Factory music fan Colin Gibbins is to launch a unique exhibition of his complete collection of Factory discography in Ancoats on 5th May to raise money for local charity Forever Manchester.

In what is already proving the to be an historic year for fans of Manchester music, the exhibition will exhibit for the first time a complete collection of all music releases on the Factory label, in their original form, as issued at the time, including rarities, promos, test pressings and variations on cassette, CD and more.

Colin, originally from Blackley M9, has spent the last 30 years building his collection and exhibited his pieces for the first time in 2011 with a small weekend long event at the Ducie Bridge Pub. Since then Colin has managed to complete the entire collection, which will be on display in its entirety at the special Bank Holiday exhibition to be held at the Ice Plant development on Blossom Street, Ancoats.

Supporting Colin and Forever Manchester in putting on the exhibition is Trevor Johnson, one of the original Factory designers, and now creative director at Creative Lynx, who are the main sponsors of the exhibition. Trevor has created the ‘FACTVM’ identity for the exhibition, as well as limited edition merchandise to raise additional funds for the charity.

Colin comments: “I love Manchester, and I love Factory. We met massive enthusiasm for the small exhibition we did last year, and now my collection is complete I wanted to share it with others that share my passion, and by doing do raise money for Forever Manchester, a charity that supports the people that live here. It’s been a long journey to get here, with a huge amount of support along the way, and I cant wait to welcome people through the door to see this amazing collection.”Nick Massey from Forever Manchester added: “Forever Manchester is the Charity for people who have a passion for Manchester and Colin’s passion for Manchester is obvious, the effort that he and his team of supporters have put into this exhibition to raise money for us is immense and for that we are extremely grateful. Manchester has a history of doing it our way, and Forever Manchester is about doing things the Mancunian way, and the FACTVM exhibition is a prime example of this.”

The exhibition ties in with a host of events for those passionate about Manchester music with the Rainband playing the Academy on Friday 4th May, and the Happy Mondays playing a comeback gig at the MEN arena on Saturday 5th May.

The FACTVM exhibition will run from 5th – 7th May 11am – 6pm on Sat 5th and Sun 6th and 11am – 4pm on Monday 7th (Special invite only preview 4th May) at The Ice Plant, Blossom Street, Manchester M4 6AJ.

The event is sponsored by Creative Lynx, and Northern Group.

For more information see www.factvm.com and www.forevermanchester.com