THE name of a legendary Manchester-based record label is about to make a return - on Merseyside.
Liverpool's FACT centre is to launch its own record label - FACT:ory Audio Records - and the project has the full blessing of Manchester impresario Tony Wilson, whose own Factory Records boasted such famous acts as Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays.
However, if the first few releases of the Liverpool label are anything to go by, FACT:ory will be carving a distinctive niche of its own.
The first, Superblockrockingbeats, will feature the North West's most accomplished spoon player, John McGuirk.
The album includes songs recorded by Liverpool tenants involved in tenantspin, a community-led internet TV channel. John McGuirk is best remembered for his performance on Jimmy McGovern's drama Heart.
The second CD release, Celebrations for Breaking Routine, features songs from three Merseyside-based girl-led bands - Flamingo 50, Exit 3 and Venus.
They have written and produced songs about their hopes and dreams for the future with artist Kristin Lucas as part of an exhibition at FACT.
James Hanks (pictured first right), a spokesman for FACT, said: "Tony Wilson knows about the label name and is fully behind it.
"The label will be for all sorts of things and will cover a whole range of releases. We wanted to do something that people would not expect from a visual arts centre.
"We're not trying to be the next Factory Records, it's just a bit of fun and is all about breaking down the traditional animosity between Liverpool and Manchester."
Tony Wilson, although better known for his passionate commitment to all things Manchester, has also been one of the most enthusiastic backers of the new FACT centre.
He has featured the centre several times in his television programmes, and also made a personal appearance last week when he hosted a "pub quiz" at the Wood Street complex.
The major exhibition by New York-based Kristin Lucas which features music by the Merseyside groups is her first in the UK.
Ms Lucas works with video, installation, performance and the internet to address and question the effect of technology on modern-day living.
The exhibition is in Gallery 1 until June 22.