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Your Haçienda memories and photos are wanted for a new book

"We want to make this book inclusive, something where every Haçienda clubber can be celebrated"

  • Words: Aneesa Ahmed | Photo: Jon Shard
  • 25 February 2022
Your Haçienda memories and photos are wanted for a new book

Your Haçienda memories and photos are wanted for a new photobook that aims to capture the energy and essence of the iconic Manchester venue, marking 40 years since it was opened.

The club impacted some of the most thrilling and game-changing occasions of 20th Century youth culture from May 21 1982 to June 28 1997. In honour of this momentous 40th anniversary, a unique book is being created to mirror the era's trends and styles.

Haçienda Threads - The Untold Story will focus on the trends and attire by individuals who attended the club throughout its decade-spanning heyday, rather than the already well-documented music breakthroughs generated within the venue.

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The creators of the book are after submissions from those who were there at the time, and reiterate that the photographs "do not have to be high quality" but must reflect the aura, essence and atmosphere of the time. Clothing garments and general trends from the time must be visible.

The team is asking everyone who attended The Haçienda, any of its connected club nights, or Haçienda Classical events to send scanned copies of their personal picture collections in the hopes of having them included in the book and thus becoming a part of the club's unique history.

They are after some iconic moments, such as when Madonna made her UK debut, or at pre-club or post-club parties.

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These pictures could also feature legendary clothing and market venues in the city such as Geese, Royal Exchange Design Centre, Richard Creme, Hervia and Afflecks Palace (also celebrating its 40th anniversary this year).

They could also feature other iconic 'hang out' places like Dry Bar, Spin Inn, Piccadilly Records, Eastern Bloc Records, The Underground Market or The Corn Exchange.

The photobook creators are also after memory recalls, including specific memories of iconic events, the fashion seen there and the atmosphere at the time.

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Rebecca Hook explains the idea behind the book: “We felt it was time to focus on celebrating the positive side of The Hacienda’s history ~ the culture, energy and style of the club. We want to make this book inclusive ~ something where every Haçienda clubber, past and present, can be celebrated. We've already had some fantastic unseen pictures shared, so the book promises to be very special."

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."

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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To submit your photos, email the curators using the email here.

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

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