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The Haçienda, Manchester, UK 1989
Clubbers on the main stage at The Haçienda, Manchester, UK 1989Photography Peter J Walsh

Manchester’s legendary club The Haçienda is putting on a virtual party

Madchester’s back

Manchester’s The Haçienda was a venue that, at its peak, was the most famous dance club in the world, and has since become one of the city’s longest lasting cultural legacies. Now, the legendary acid house club will be resurrected for a virtual party this weekend.

Taking place on May 9, there will be a special lockdown performance from Haçienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, which is described as “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra”. Also performing will be DJs Danny Tenaglia, Kevin Saunderson, Louie Vega, DJ Pierre, Arthur Baker, as well as Haçienda residents Graeme Park, Jon Dasilva, Allister Whitehead, Peter Hook, and DJ Paulette.

The event follows the club’s “stay at home” rave that took place on April 11. Over 1.6 million viewers tuned into the night, which featured performances by the likes of David Morales, Roger Sanchez, and Todd Terry.

Speaking about the upcoming event, organiser Peter Hook (co-founder of Joy Division and New Order) said: “Here we are again, hopefully, taking everyone’s mind off to a better place just for the day. Remembering the great things about life, love, happiness and of course, The Haçienda. Stay safe, stay home.”

Paul Fletcher, who’s The Haçienda manager, added: “When we did our first Haçienda House Party Easter Saturday, we had absolutely no idea how it would go. Even with an audience of over 1.5 million tuning in, it felt weirdly intimate and there was so much love throughout the day, reaching out from the music, that we just had to do it again.”

Opened in 1982, the Haçienda was built on the success of the city’s Factory Records, most famous for releasing the music of Joy Division, New Order, and the Happy Mondays. You can tune into the event via United We Stream, broadcasting from midday to midnight.