Manchester 1976. Tony Wilson is an ambitious but frustrated local TV news reporter looking for a way to make his mark. After witnessing a life-changing concert by an unknown band called the Sex Pistols, he persuades his station to televise one of their performances, and soon Manchester's punk groups are clamouring for him to manage them. Riding the wave of a musical revolution, Wilson and his friends create the legendary Factory Records label and the Hacienda club, and bands like Joy Division, New Order and the Happy Mondays emerge to change the industry forever. Packed with an incredible soundtrack and a glamorous cast of characters, 24 Hour Party People is a sprawling, energetic, and humorous history of the of the most important periods in modern music.