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BANG & OLUFSEN CELEBRATES 40 YEARS OF FACTORY RECORDS WITH LIMITED EDITION BEOPLAY A9

Bang & Olufsen has partnered with Warner Music to honour the work of Factory Records and one of its iconic founding partners, Peter Saville CBE.

Factory Records is renowned for being probably the most influential music label of the ’80s and ’90s.

Bang & Olufsen Celebrates 40 Years Of Factory Records 

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records Beoplay A9 FAC1

FACTORY RECORDS

As impactful as the music it produced, is the iconic album artwork created by legendary graphic designer, Peter Saville. His album sleeves are as synonymous with Factory Records as the music itself. The technically clean, hauntingly atmospheric designs for Factory Records artists, in particular, Joy Division and New Order, are some of the most compelling artistic creations of the period.

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records Joy Division ‘Unknown Pleasures’

While Factory started as a club night in 1978, it wasn’t until Factory Communications Limited was established in 1981 by Tony Wilson, Alan Erasmus, Peter Saville, Rob Gretton and Martin Hannett that it became the music powerhouse that is known today.

BEOPLAY A9

To celebrate 40 years since this momentous occasion, Bang & Olufsen has worked with Warner Music to craft a timeless capsule collection. This comprises 40 exclusive Beoplay A9 wireless speakers featuring iconic Factory Records artwork, including the first Factory Poster (also known by its catalogue number FAC1), Joy Division’s iconic album ‘Unknown Pleasures’ and New Order’s seminal record ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’. Just 10 units of the Beoplay A9 will be produced for each of the four artworks, to give a total of 40 units.

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records

Beoplay A9 side view

THE HACIENDA

Factory was famous for nurturing genre-defining artists such as  Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays, building the infamous proto superclub the Hacienda, plus an extensive and now highly regarded creative output, such as posters, films, concerts and concepts.

Scott Anderson, UK Market Director at Bang & Olufsen, says: “Factory Records is undoubtedly the most influential indie label of all time. Some of the most innovative, pioneering and cutting-edge music ever produced came from this Manchester-based creative enterprise and it still resonates today on a global level. We’re proud to be celebrating this through Peter Saville’s work.”

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records

Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records Beoplay A9 New Order ‘Substance’

SELFRIDGES

Bang & Olufsen joins a line-up of luxury fashion designers and homeware brands that are partnering with Selfridges to celebrate this momentous occasion, including Raf Simons, Cedar Lifestyle and MJB. The Bang & Olufsen x Factory Records Beoplay A9s are available exclusively in the UK via Selfridges’ website Selfridges Manchester Trafford, Selfridges Manchester Exchange and Selfridges London from week commencing 5th July 2021, and will retail at £3,500.

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