“ 112 - 116 Princess St, Manchester. „
Paradise Factory is a club in Manchester that opens and closes more frequently than your local Tesco!
The building used to be the headquarters of the famous "Factory Records." Factory Records was of course started by Tony Wilson and they had huge acts signed to them, such as New Order and Happy Mondays.
The building was eventually turned into a club in 1993 and it was a predominantly gay club. It was extremely popular and stayed open for a number of years before closing and then re-opening and then closing and so on! It was last opened in 2008 by the team behind Manchester's famous Warehouse Project and stayed open while they ran 6 months worth of incredible nights with some absolutely huge names. The Warehouse Project didn't continue there as it would clash with their main event which runs from September - January 1st.
January 2010 saw the club re-open again but this time as an "indie rock and roll club and live venue." That being said some dance/house/tech nights have began to appear there, mainly "Missionary" which runs on a Tuesday night. There are also the odd Hacienda nights, which have DJs such as Justin Robertson. Entry is not cheap on when there is a live act on, it is around £26 if you want to see the live act, and £15 if you are just coming for the club part of the night which runs from 11pm. On normal nights though the entrance fee is reasonable going anywhere from £1 to £6. During the week it is mainly student nights.
The club has a Funktion 1 sound system, which is one of the best available and is used in clubs and festivals all over the world. There are three separate club rooms which I quite like as it's almost like being in a different club in each room as there are often different music/DJs in each one. It is however a bit of a strange club with regards to its layout. It has got some tight corridors and the toilets are a bit small, but that isn't anything major. The bar staff are friendly and efficient and the atmosphere in the club is warming.
The club is behind the BBC and is across the road from Joshua Brooks, it is now called "FAC251." As it was called when Factory Records were in there.
I would recommend a night out there as it is different to my normal night out and provided some good fun. The drinks prices are cheap during the student nights during the week and are pretty average for Manchester on weekends. With it being an indie club at the weekends I do wonder if it can compete with the nearby 5th Avenue Club.
I have honestly got to say that this is perhaps the worst club in the land. That is unless you like to put on a pastel coloured shirt and go dance to crappy chart music in a small and tacky club. The music here is simply the most dreadful house imaginable and the clientele are all posers. The drinks prices are extortionate and so is the entrance fee. I am not racist by any means but this seems to be the asian choice for manchester nightclubs. This is not a problem but the large groups of lads can be a bit offputting.