The Haçienda nightclub was set up in 1982 by the then burgeoning Factory Records. Label boss Tony Wilson, a lifetime advocate of Manchester culture even after the demise of club and record label, named the club after a quote from a Situationist slogan, “The Hacienda must be built”.
All key Manchester bands from The Fall to The Smiths to The Happy Mondays played The Haçienda and it was a hub for the growing house music scene. An endless list of DJs played or cut their teeth there, including Mike Pickering, Chemical Brothers and Dave Haslam.
The business was run with heroic disregard for financial matters and was largely funded by Factory Records’ commercial successes with Joy Division and New Order. The club closed its doors in 1997 and immediately entered legend. In 2000 all its assets were sold off for charity, including the girders, bricks and toilet doors.
Do You Own the Dançefloor? interviews a range of the key characters in and around the club’s business – performers, fans and staff – including Peter Hook, Clint Boon and Liam Gallagher. It tells the story of the club, its demise and the fate of the many and diverse items that were sold to collectors.
Q&A screenings: Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, The Light) joins us for a Q&A with host Clint Boon (Inspiral Carpets, Radio X), Wednesday 1 March 2017 6.30pm, Curzon Knutsford. This event is now sold out.
With thanks to Shiny Brick Films and Heehaw.