Haçienda 30th anniversary tour with Graeme Park & Peter Hook
Former New Order bassist brings Manchester club brand to UAE
For those of you who didn’t come of age during the UK’s acid house revolution, let us bring you up to speed. The Haçienda was a nightclub – and ambitious fallacy – founded in the northern English city of Manchester in 1982 by members of the band New Order (once Ian Curtis’s Joy Division). Principally ‘run’ by Peter Hook (pictured) and Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, the bassist later estimated that the club lost around Dhs100 million during its 15-year tenure – or that every single clubber cost him Dhs60 (immortalised in Hook’s infamous book, How Not To Run a Club). But The Haçienda also changed the course of music forever, with groundbreaking resident DJs such as Graeme Park introducing American house into the UK and fuelling a new underground scene. Hook may not be talking to his former bandmates, but he’s a feverish defender of the club’s legacy, touring the world DJing alongside Park to keep the brand alive.