How did Manchester’s post-industrial ruins, which inspired the world-famous Factory Records, Joy Division and the Haçienda, become a sky-high propertyboom dubbed ‘Manc-hattan’ – a metropolis of conspicuous wealth, swagger and energy?
We’re delighted and excited in equal measure to unveil our on-stage discussion with entrepreneur, publisher, journalist, gossip columnist and PR supremo Andy ‘Spin’ Spinoza at #TBF23.
Referencing his highly-acclaimed book Manchester Unspun: Pop, Property and Power in the Original Modern City, our special guest offers a first-hand account of what happened in between – and it’s all about music, sport, venues and culture.
Arriving in Manchester as a wide-eyed student in 1979, Andy Spinoza went on to establish the arts magazine City Life before working for the Manchester Evening News and creating his own PR firm. In a forty-year career he has encountered a Who’s Who of Manchester personalities, from cultural icons such as Tony Wilson to Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson and influential council leaders Sir Richard Leese and Sir Howard Bernstein. His remarkable book traces Manchester’s gradual emergence from its post-industrial malaise, centring on the legendary nightclub the Haçienda and the cultural renaissance it inspired.
Join us for an insider’s tale of deals done, government and corporate decision-making, nightclubs, music and entrepreneurs.
Get your pass today. #TBF23 is just two weeks away!