[dropcap]M[/dropcap]adchester is an important phenomenon that appeared in the wake of Post Punk, as New Order turned to Dance Music and the band, collaborating with their record company Factory Records, opened the Haçienda, a future hotspot that got infamously portrayed in the excellent movie 24 Hour Party People and in Peter Hook‘s book The Haçienda – How Not To Run A Club.
Eventually, the club gave way to Rave parties. Founded in 1982, the club wasn’t a success, but according to Tony Wilson, it survived by moving money from Factory to the club and back to keep both companies running—but nevertheless, the reputation of the Haçienda is, still, very dubious, thus, glorious. Maybe the venue has found a nice successor in Berlin’s infamous Berghain. (more…)