06.05.2022, Words by Billy Ward

The Haçienda is hosting a huge 40th anniversary car park rave where the club once stood

The party is set to go ahead on Saturday May 21...

With the anniversary of Manchester’s iconic nightclub the Haçienda approaching, a huge rave is being organised in a basement car park at the site where it once stood.

The party is set to go ahead on Saturday May 21, 40 years to the day that the nightclub first opened its doors back in May 1982.

Manchester Evening News reports that a letter, signed by the Hacienda event organisers Peter Hook, Paul Fletcher, James Masters and Aaron Mellor, has been sent to residents of the building explaining the party and asking them to park their vehicles off-site so the rave can take place.

It says: “The Hacienda is revered as part of both Manchester’s and the UK’s musical history, returning to the original site of the club for the 40th anniversary will be very special for everyone, undoubtedly enhancing the reputation of the building”.

“As you might be aware, FAC51 The Hacienda celebrates its 40th anniversary in May 2022, having opened its doors in May 1982 to create the legacy which has given the apartments their unique heritage and history,” it adds.

“Some might remember or may even have attended the event which we did for the 30th anniversary in 2012 which was much praised and this event will be generally similar to our previous event in the car park. All proceeds from the event are to be donated directly to charities.”

The 30th anniversary festivities were attended by a number of Manchester legends, such as Bez, Mark E Smith and original Hacienda DJs like Graeme Park, Dave Haslam and Hewan Clarke. 10 years later, the upcoming rave seeks to unite the city once again to celebrate one of it’s most legendary venues.

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