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The Future of Sound: Late

Look to the future of sound at our next adults-only after hours Late, inspired by our special exhibition, Use Hearing Protection: the early years of Factory Records.

Factory Records reclaimed the city’s industrial past and spearheaded a new wave of creative industries in Manchester. Inspired by their trailblazing work in music, technology and design, join us as we explore innovation happening across our city right now.  

Be one of the first to see our specially commissioned film about the revolutionary work of Factory Records and how Manchester’s music scene continues to develop, using technology to create new sounds and experiences. Featuring Peter Hook, Dr Kirsty Fairclough of Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Digital Arts, artists Mr Scruff, Pops Roberts and LoneLady, as well as Rivca Burns, Creative Director of Sounds from the Other City, the film explores over 40 years of Manchester’s creative industry. 

Don’t miss live performances of new music by Hannah Ashcroft, Chesqua and Lady Ice, created in-residence at the museum, inspired by the Use Hearing Protection exhibition and presented as part of Brighter Sound’s pioneering Both Sides Now initiative. Celebrate the incredible female and non-binary talent coming out of the city today and imagine what Factory Records might have looked (and sounded) like in a more gender equal world. 

Explore the relationship between technology and music with sound and electronic media artist Vicky Clarke who will perform AURA MACHINE, her sonic AI piece from her residency with NOVARS, University of Manchester. Discover the latest in audio technology with interactives from the School of Digital Arts (SODA) at Manchester Metropolitan University and Salford University. 

Plus, find out more about the innovative work of Factory Records from Peter Hook himself. PLEASE NOTE: Spaces for this special in conversation event are limited and have now sold out.

Use hearing Protection

If you haven’t visited our exhibition yet, or would like to experience it again, then you can add a half-price ticket to Use Hearing Protection: the early years of Factory Records to your booking to enjoy as part of our late event.

Food and drink

Grab a bite at the Late. Pre-order your food and drink to enjoy great savings too.    

  • Loaded nachos (with chilli con carne or vegan), with any bottled beer or cider: £8.75 pre-order/£9.25 on the night   
  • Loaded nachos (with chilli con carne or vegan), with glass of house wine (white, red or rose 175ml): £8.75 pre-order/£9.25 on the night   
  • Loaded nachos (with chilli con carne or vegan), with any soft drink: £7.00 pre-order/£7.50 on the night   
  • House wine (bottle): £16.50 pre-order/£19.00 on the night
  • Beer bucket (8 beers): £32.00 pre-order/£35.00 on the night


Music programme presented in partnership with From the Fields, the creative and music programmers behind Bluedot, Kendal Calling and Off the Record. 


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