entirely redesigned by original architect Ben Kelly. FAC 251 The Factory opened in February 2010 in a joint venture between Hooky and
Tokyo Industries, the company that runs a dozen clubs around the UK (including a cattle market in Oldham).
Kelly has recast the building to suit its new purpose as a venue which draws on the legacy of the past but updates the original Factory ethos for contemporary bands and DJs. Judging from the queues which were forming the other Thursday night, it's making a success of itself, which must be a pleasant surprise to Hooky, who lost so much cash back in the day as New Order held up their label and poured their record sales profits back into the ill-fated Hacienda and Dry Bar ventures. Cheap drinks galore in here as well, though for a decent pint beforehand, best stick to the Lass opposite.