News: Anthony Wilson, R.I.P.

It’s truly a sad day for culture and music in Manchester, and around the world. On Friday evening Anthony Wilson, a founder of Factory Records and the Hacienda, passed away in Christies Hospital in Manchester from a heart attack. He had been undergoing treatment for cancer.

Wilson was a true patron of music, encouraging young bands at a financial loss to himself. He is responsible for bringing us Joy Division, The Happy Mondays and New Order, amongst others. He was the founder of In the City, a festival of music devoted to giving rising talent the chance to perform in front of the country’s media and music industry. He helped make Manchester the cultural centre is is today and he will be sorely missed.

Manchester Confidential has a full obituary, complete with comments.

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