NEWS | Hacienda Boiler Party

May 22, 2012


Plans are being made to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the installation of the first combination boiler at Manchester’s legendary nightclub the Hacienda – with an old-school rave in the utility room of a 2-bed, soulless shoe-box apartment on the spot where the club once stood.

Former Hacienda rolled steel joist Peter Hook, who provided over 22 years of internal building support to the iconic venue, is planning the extravaganza this Saturday to celebrate 30 years since the installation of a Vaillant WLX cf50 gas central heating boiler.

“I remember the installation day like it was yesterday”, recalls Hooky, who was speaking to News Manc via an iconic telephone from his Hacienda-themed shed which he built on the site of the former inconic factory where the iconic floorboards for the original iconic Hacienda club were sanded.

“It was 1pm on a Tuesday afternoon. Tony Wilson was there spinning some tunes and I remember Johnny Marr playing Hungry Hippos with Morrissey.”

“Shaun Rider was only 21 at the time, but I vividly remember him sitting in one corner of the club creating a scrapbook commemorating Joy Division’s career alongside Mark E Smith’s uncle and the essence of Liam Gallagher.”

“The Stone Roses were in the basement, carefully carving their first instruments out of the wood sourced from a small coppice of birch trees that had been planted out the back by Dave Haslam.”

“We called the boiler FAC367. We did that with everything – name stuff FAC1, FAC2 etc.. You may want to print that, about the naming thing? Not many people know that.”

“It was a weekday, so I was busy painting my naked body with yellow and black stripes. It really was a magical time”, said Hook, a small tear rolling through his wispy beard.

This Saturday will see Dave Haslam and over three revellers take to the utility room of flat 234 in the Hacienda apartment complex, currently owned by marketing executive Claire Marshall who likes Tinie Tempah and drives a Mini.

“We thought it’d be nice to get someone DJing who was there in the heyday, you know?”, added Hook.

“Let’s face it, there’s probably only maybe 200 or 300 of these Hacienda memorial events left over the next ten years, and this will possibly be the only one this week”, warned Haslam.

Everyone has agreed that they will enjoy the evening without getting all nostalgic.


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