- On November 11, 2017
Manchester and music have been synonymous for decades. Whether it’s been for bands that are iconic legends of the UK music scene like The Smiths, New Order, Joy Division and Oasis, or the Madchester dance club scene of the late eighties and early nineties, Manchester means music.
One of Manchester’s most famous independent record labels was the now-defunct Factory Records, started in 1978. The label was begun by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, originally in Erasmus’s home on Palatine Road. With a tight-knit creative team and vision, they brought the world New Order, The Happy Mondays and James, among others. The record label was so influential that films like 24 Hour Party People and books have been made about the Factory Records era. Even today, Manchester has a thriving indie scene, no doubt owing much to Factory Records.
As a city that brought so many musical acts to the fore, Greater Manchester is also known for live venues and club scenes. From the legendary and much missed Hacienda to large venues for live acts like the Manchester Albert Hall with headline UK tours, to club and stage events at Gorilla, the city has it all.
Live acts mean musical instruments, all the gear and paraphernalia needed for live shows and recording. For those going the independent route, it also means a place to store merchandise and CDs. Times have changed and often the most lucrative way for bands to make money these days is not from traditional album or single sales, but by hand-selling merchandise and music at gigs.
Which brings us to the problem of storage. Keeping gear and tee shirts in a dodgy lock up or squeezed into cramped living space is a recipe for disaster.
This is where self-storage warehouses are a boon to musicians and other creative live acts. Rental space is flexible and reasonably priced. More than that, you know your stock and gear are safe, and easy and pleasant for you to access. With units in Ardwick and Middleton, Greater Manchester self-storage company FLEXiSPACE is the perfect solution for musician and small record label storage and workspace needs.