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Chris Bridgett

GED DUFFY’S ‘FACTORY FAIRYTALES’ LAUNCH IN MANCHESTER – WHAT HAPPENED?

This evening, music fans and veterans of the legendary Hacienda gathered in one of the Northern Quarter’s newest bars. Aptly named ‘Disorder’ and adorned with Joy Division themed artwork, including an impressive mural of Mr. Curtis on the back wall by acclaimed Graffiti artist ASKE.

The setting was certainly fitting for such an event which saw the re-release of Ged Duffy’s Factory Fairytales. Duffy has released special limited edition of just 500 copies which has been remixed with even more tales to add to the bustling collecting of anecdotes and memories from all those years ago.

In true Manchester fashion the evening would not be complete without entertainment, some live music from Zeny Bux and Chris Bridgett. It is an exciting time for Zeny Bux from Oldham having just released his first single ‘Better Dreams’.

The young singer-songwriter charmed the crowd with a selection of covers and original material. Ged picked Zeny to support as he represents new and exciting talent that is emerging through the grass routes ranks. At only eighteen, this young man certainly has the world at his feel and a confidence beyond his years.

The headline act tonight was the legendary lad from Levenshulme Chris Bridgett. Well know to many for his work in Dub Sex and more recently Cold Water Swimmers, Bridgett has recently gone solo. His latest song ‘The Deep End’ is well worthy of a listen (or ten) and the music video to go alongside, filmed by acclaimed photographer Nidge ‘Trust a Fox’ Saunders is hauntingly unique, and very Bridgett.

Bridgett played a full original set with some gorgeous songs including my personal favourite ‘Were You Even There’. This stunning set was only marred by the venue deciding to put on a rock band in their open plan basement (which is not sound proofed). A polite note to the owners – if you already have an intimate acoustic event on, perhaps avoid booking some ear splitting rock act on the same evening, unless you plan to sound proof in the near future.

The book is a must read for music lovers and anyone who lived through that magical period in our city’s history. I do envy being born ten years too late to ever attend an event at the Hacienda, so this marvelous book is the closest I will ever come, go grab a copy, you will not be disappointed.

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