The Vinyl Factory
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The Vinyl Factory is an independent British music and arts enterprise. Founded in 2001, the enterprise encompasses a record label, vinyl pressing plant, gallery spaces, record shop and music magazine.
The Vinyl Factory record label collaborates with musicians and artists to produce and release limited edition vinyl, as well as create accompanying exhibitions, events and audiovisual shows. The Vinyl Factory label roster includes Massive Attack, Dinos Chapman (Jake and Dinos Chapman), Florence and the Machine, Christian Marclay, Pet Shop Boys, Martin Creed, Bryan Ferry, The xx, Duran Duran, Jeremy Deller., Daft Punk, Kelela, Moses Boyd, Roisin Murphy, Arthur Jafa, Ragnar Kjartansson and more.
The Vinyl Factory is the only major pressing plant in the United Kingdom. Located in Hayes in West London, once the vibrant manufacturing hub at the heart of the UK music industry, The Vinyl Factory continues to make the most coveted vinyl editions on the planet with the original machinery used to press The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Sex Pistols and many more of the most emblematic records in history.
Commissions & Exhibitions
The Vinyl Factory has curated exhibitions and events at three spaces in London, The Vinyl Factory Soho, Brewer Street Car Park and Store Studios, 180 The Strand. Recent audio-visual shows presented by Store X The Vinyl Factory have included The Infinite Mix (2016), in partnership with Hayward Gallery; Everything At Once (2017) in partnership with Lisson Gallery and Arthur Jafa's Love is the Message, the Message is Death (2017), in partnership with the Serpentine Galleries. Previously, The Vinyl Factory has presented solo exhibitions by Ragnar Kjartansson, Ryoji Ikeda, Carsten Nicolai and Richard Mosse, and group exhibitions with Lazarides, and The Moving Museum as well as celebrations of the vinyl aesthetic of Kraftwerk, David Bowie and Punk. In 2013 The Vinyl Factory also partnered with the British Council to host the opening party for Jeremy Deller at the Venice Biennale and presented Dinos Chapman’s first live music show at Sónar and subsequently during Frieze Art Fair in London.
In 2017, The Vinyl Factory initiated VF Commissions, a new venture producing and collaborating with artists to create new site specific works. The first of these were Kahlil Joseph's Fly Paper, which opened at the New Museum in New York in September 2017, and Ryoji Ikeda's test pattern (no.12) which premiered at Store Studios, 180 The Strand, from October to December 2017, attracting over 100,000 visitors.
The Vinyl Factory magazine covers the best of contemporary vinyl culture online, from new releases and reissues to turntables and tech.
Launched in 2013, the coverage aims to select the most vital and ground-breaking new music available on vinyl, tell the stories behind classic and cult releases and shed light on to corners of recorded music history.
The magazine also aims to be a platform for independent labels, shops and the broader vinyl community, bringing together record collectors and fans to share a love of music through vinyl in all its forms.
Fact and Phonica
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