Imagined Futures: The Legacy of Factory and Zoo Records

Friday 28th April
15:00 - 15:45

Tony Wilson phoned me from Factory Records. They had started at about the same time as Zoo. There was some sort of friendly rivalry between the two labels, which mirrored the less friendly rivalry that existed between the two cities of Liverpool and Manchester. - Bill Drummond
The joining of forces between Factory and Zoo records never came to fruition but did work together briefly to deliver the Leigh Rock and Museum Festival - situated in the middle of both cities in the town of Leigh. The absolute dream line-up unfortunately managed to draw the crowds expected, but included A Certain Ratio, Joy Division, Crawling Chaos, The Teardrop Explodes, OMD, and Echo and the Bunnymen.  As we reflect on this relationship; is it time to reincarnate the idea of a northern powerhouse of a label? Should the likes of Modern Sky be working with the likes of Heist or Hit to make waves in the music industry and stand in solidarity against the hegemony of the south?

Karen Boardman - Crisis Management
Peter Hooton - The Farm
Martha Philips - Incantation Records
Rose Marley - Cooperatives UK
Dave Pichilingi - Modern Sky UK