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The Haçienda like they always saw it: New photobook documents the iconic Manchester venue

Photographs featured in 'Rave One!' were taken on Peter J. Walsh's many trips to Whitworth Street

  • Aneesa Ahmed
  • 18 October 2021

Hundreds of pictures taken within renowned Manchester venue, The Haçienda, are featured in photographer Peter J. Walsh's new book ‘Rave One!’.

Images feature the revelers that frequented the club on Whitworth Street, bouncer searches, the ticket booth, Noel Gallagher, and even the bleary-eyed faces Happy Mondays.

Publisher IDEA described the project as Peter J Walsh's "immersion" within the Manchester club. "He didn’t leave (very often) and he photographed a lot. And now we can see - inside."

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The Haçienda first opened its doors in 1982, igniting the Manchester acid house and rave movement, aided by New Order's early breakthrough with "Blue Monday."

A hairdressing salon used to be part of the venue, with regular performances in addition to club nights, including one in which Einstürzende Neubauten drilled through the stage's surrounding walls.

The name of the club is derived from a slogan of the radical group Situationist International: 'The Hacienda Must Be Built,' as found in Ivan Chtcheglov's Formulary for a New Urbanism.

The club closed on June 28, 1997, with a "Freak" night starring Elliot Eastwick and Dave Haslam (the final live performance was by Spiritualized on 15 June 1997). The club reopened as an art gallery for a brief time before falling bankrupt and closing permanently.

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The Manchester Museum of Science and Industry currently has a number of Haçienda and Factory Records memorabilia, including the club's main loading bay doors as well as several posters, leaflets, and props.

Walsh has contributed pictures to past IDEA books such as Spike Island, but this is his first solo literary endeavor. He has been a photographer for more than three decades.

The book is available now and published by London-based company IDEA. Check out some of the pictures featured in the photo book below.

Aneesa Ahmed is Mixmag's Digital Intern, follow her on Twitter

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