Tickets for a huge 40th anniversary rave celebrating the Hacienda at Manc’s original superclub site will go on sale to the general public. The party is to be held as a charity event in the basement car park of the building which now sits on the Whitworth Street site.
As MEN revealed last week, the homecoming charity event will take place 40 years to the day when the iconic club opened its doors to city center revelers on Saturday May 21. Now all the details of “Fac51 L’Hacienda 40 and Birthday Party Pt 1” have been revealed.
Taking place in the same location as the Sacred Dance Floor itself, the event will see a gallery of the Hacienda’s top former residents gather into the night. This will include from the early days of the club DJs Hewan Clarke then Graeme Park, Jon Dasilva, Tom Wainwright, DJ Paulette, Aaron Mellor, K Klass playing live and surprise guests at night.
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Given the expected interest in the 40 and party and limited capacity, the epic eight-hour event will also be broadcast live by Stream GM, Greater Manchester’s multi-award winning culture and music broadcasting organisation. It will be available on www.streamgm.co.uk and their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, allowing global audiences to connect and share in the celebrations.
All proceeds from the event and donations from the public are to be donated to two named charities, Christie’s Hospital Charity and the Legacy of War Foundation. The Christie charity has long been one of the charities supported by The Hacienda, while Factory Records founder Alan Erasmus’ recent mission to Ukraine was organized in conjunction with the Legacy of War Foundation and raised funds for it. The event therefore continues this support for the charity.
Tickets for the event will go on presale from 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, with the general sale following at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13.
The event is also one of 40 and Year-round anniversary celebrations including Hacienda Classical events at London’s Royal Albert Hall (13 and May), OVO Hydro Glasgow (18 and June) and Castlefield Bowl (8 and July). There will also be headlining appearances at Retro Festival and Kendal Calling.
The 40 and the anniversary party has been an expanded event since the 2012 30 and birthday in the parking lot that went down in history as one of the legendary nights at Le Hac. In the ten years since, The Hacienda’s influence and legacy have been amplified with events including multiple concerts at the Castlefield Bowl and the Royal Albert Hall, the opening of Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage and live streams with StreamGM, attracting millions of viewers during the 2020 shutdowns.
From a disused yacht showroom transformed by Ben Kelly in 1982 funded by Factory Records and New Order, The Hacienda was initially the epicenter of Manchester’s live band scene with headline gigs from bands such as The Smiths, The Stone Roses, James, New Order, The Fall, Primal Scream, Pet Shop Boys, and even international artists like Madonna and Nick Cave.
Starting in 1984, Mike Pickering’s Nude party set the club on the path to emerging dance sounds of the mid to late 80s, which then collided with the “Madchester” scene to create one of most defining and energetic cultural movements of the late 1920s. and century, as the club became internationally recognized in the process.
Organizers said today: “Inspiring countless artists, a city and the world, the Hacienda may have closed its individually numbered doors in June 1997, but through countless events, media and cultural references , in many ways, the Hacienda and its unique soul that characterized those happy times has never really left us.
“The Hacienda 40 and Birthday Party Pt 1” seeks to commemorate and celebrate it all as The Hacienda looks forward to who knows, another 40 years? Thanks to the following people for their help and cooperation with the event: The Hacienda Apartments (its owners, residents and staff), Living City Asset Management, StreamGM, Homestead Properties, Tokyo Industries, Wigwam Sound and all those who assist . »
How to get tickets
A presale for the event will go live at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 12 here at www.fac51-thehacienda.com where you can register to access the presale.
General sale at 10 a.m. on Friday May 13 on the same site.
How to watch live
The entire eight-hour event will be streamed live by StreamGM on www.StreamGM.co.uk and on their Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms on Saturday 21 May.
The live stream is completely free, but donations from the public are suggested and will go to Christie’s Charity and the Legacy of War Foundation.
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