Friday, 2 December 2011
Skywatch Friday: Hacienda December dawn
Dawn over the Hacienda apartments (left) as a commuter train trundles along the railway viaduct.
The Hacienda nightclub opened in 1982 and closed in 1997, with dozens of groundbreaking acts playing there including Teardrop Explodes, A Certain Ratio, Echo and the Bunnymen, Jah Wobble and The Invaders Of The Hearts, Gregory Isaacs, Orange Juice, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Bauhaus, Gil Scott Heron, Psychedelic Furs, Simple Minds, The Violent Femmes, Madonna (in her early days-1984), New Order, Everything But The Girl, James, The Smiths, Blur, The Stone Roses...
A well written potted history by someone who lived it is at: http://www.factoryrecords.net/thehacienda/history.htm
The film 24 Hour Party People also told its momentous story. See footage (includes profanities) at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHox6VhPtPE&feature=related
The club was demolished and replaced by the Hacienda Apartments in 2002. The blue boards of the building on the right have now been there for about 20 years- I had thought they were temporary patching up for when the Olympic committee came to inspect the Manchester 1996 and 2000 Olympic bids (back in the early 1990s) but apparantly they are permanent, as the building has now been empty for two decades! The turret is part of the City Road pub.
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