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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 08:26 GMT
Party people at Coogan première
Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas and Ralph Little
Party on: Steve Coogan, Johnny Vegas and Ralph Little
Comedian and actor Steve Coogan has met the man who inspired his movie about Manchester's music scene in the 1980s.

Coogan met up with Factory Records founder Tony Wilson at the première of Coogan's film 24 Hour Party People.

Tony Wilson and Steve Coogan
Tony Wilson met up with Steve Coogan, who plays him in the film
The film traces the rise and fall of the legendary Hacienda nightclub and the scene that spawned a generation of bands including the Happy Mondays, James and New Order.

Coogan plays Wilson, who founded Factory Records in 1978 and was also a local impresario and TV presenter.

The film's name comes from a track by the Happy Mondays, one of the biggest bands signed to the label.

It will receive a special screening in Manchester on Wednesday night.

Celebrities at the screening included Chrissie Hynde, artist Tracey Emin and comedians Keith Harris and Johnny Vegas.

Suicide

Members of the Chemical Brothers and Toploader were also present.

Factory's most successful early band was Joy Division. After the suicide of singer Ian Curtis in 1980, the band became New Order, whose hits include Blue Monday, Regret, and True Faith.

Peter Hook
Manchester music icon: Peter Hook

Star of BBC sitcom The Royle Family, Ralf Little, plays New Order and Joy Division bass player Peter Hook.

Wonderland star John Simm takes the role of Bernard Sumner, New Order lead singer since Curtis' death.

Factory Records also had its own club, the Hacienda, which hosted early performances by Madonna, Oasis and U2.

But despite being a force in alternative music for more than a decade, the label collapsed in 1992. The Hacienda closed five years later, and is now being converted into flats.

The film is released nationwide on 5 April.


Former Haçienda owner and Factory Records boss answers your questions about his work and the In the City music conferenceTony Wilson
Former Haçienda owner quizzed on musical projects
See also:

27 Mar 02 | Film
Coogan's Manchester party time
15 May 01 | Showbiz
Party People shock Cannes
24 Jan 01 | Entertainment
Little to play New Order star
25 Nov 00 | Entertainment
Haçienda mementos sold
27 Sep 01 | Forum
Music mogul Tony Wilson
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