Legendary Manchester club The Haçienda opened on this day (21 May) in 1982, creating a legacy that would go on to shape dance music forever.

Taking its name from a slogan by Situationist International, The Hacienda Must Be Built, the Whitworth Street venue was designed by Ben Kelly, working alongside Factory Records graphic guru Peter Saville.

A few months after its opening, in January 1983, the BBC sent along a camera crew to capture the influence then then-fledgling venue had on the north of England city.

“One of the things that interests me about the process of the design is finding materials that would be in a totally different environment, and taking them out of that context and putting them into a new context,” Kelly explains.

“When you eventually put all the elements together, you hopefully establish a new language of materials that says something new and different.”

The segment also features a young Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, resolute in his decision to invest in a nightclub as Factory’s next venture.

“It’s necessary for any period to build its cathedrals,” he explains. “It’s necessary for any youth culture to have a sense of place.”



Happy birthday to The Haçienda… and RIP Tony Wilson.

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