THE Hacienda’s heydays may be long gone but its spirit refuses to die.
Despite financial ruin and the original venue being demolished in 2002, the Manchester club’s name is still alive and kicking.
Although there is nowhere to call home, ageing ravers marked the club’s 30th anniversary by holding an all-nighter in the underground car park of flats built in its place.
Now it is Huddersfield’s turn to party as an official Hacienda 30 event comes to town.
The 30th birthday tour is the brainchild of one time Hacienda regulars, Joy Division’s Peter Hook and legendary DJ Graeme Park.
The duo said they had decided to mark the occasion in case “they weren’t around for the 40th anniversary”.
Park, who began his DJing career in 1983, was famously invited to fill in at the ‘Hac’ during the club’s Acid House days in 1988.
The Summer of Love followed and he soon became one of the biggest names in the global dance music scene.
Now the veteran DJ is set to hark back to the halcyon days at the birthday bash at The Cotton Factory.
Park said the Manchester celebrations had been fantastic and he was confident Huddersfield would follow suit.
He said: “People just went crazy for it and it was full of people who used to go to Hacienda.
“The interest has been phenomenal and not just from people who used to go to the Hacienda; there’s a whole new generation of clubbers who still want to know about it because of its unique heritage.
“Also a lot of parents have told their kids about it.”
Park said a lot of people had been pleased when the club finally closed its doors as they were ready for a new chapter.
But he said he was pleased that nostalgia had driven it back above ground in the last few years.
He said: “When Hacienda shut in 1997 a lot of people thought, ‘It was great while it lasted, now we can move on’.
“We did move on, but fortunately there are tens of thousands of people around the world who decided it shouldn’t move on and its memory and its legacy carries on.”
And Park, 49, said he was aware that Huddersfield had a specially close relationship with the Manchester venue.
He said: “The thing with Huddersfield is because of where it is, when Hacienda was at its peak, people would just jump in their car and 40 minutes later they were in Hacienda.
“There’s always been a massive load of people on that M62 corridor that always came.
“Over the years I’ve done quite a few gigs in Huddersfield and it’s a great crowd, there’s some good venues in the town, some low key bars which I really like doing.
“This gig is part of the official Hacienda 30 tour and it’s me and Todd Terry and it’s going to be all about the classic tunes that we played at the time.
“We do two or three official parties at (Manchester club) Sankeys every year and the general split is 60% of the crowd used to go to Hacienda and 40% of the crowd were too young to go.
“To me that’s a fantastic mix as the older heads can show the younger crew how they used to party.”
Park said the popularity of Hacienda had been helped by sociological shifts that dissolved the pressure on clubbers to “grow up”.
He added: “It’s people’s youth – our generation is the first generation that has carried on and never stopped.
“I know people in their late 40s and early 50s who used to go to Hacienda and still like to go out, especially the ones who had kids when they were teenagers and now they’re gone.
“This late 50s, 1960s generations is the first that have never grown up.
“They’re the Peter Pans of youth culture.”
With his own 30th anniversary behind the decks looming, Park recalled how he had struggled to get the support of his father when he decided to take up DJing full time.
He said: “He was always like, “when are you going to get a proper job?’ – that old cliché.
“When I gave up working in a record shop to concentrate on Djing full time he couldn’t believe it.
“He said: ‘You’re giving up your full time job as a manager to DJ!’.
“He couldn’t believe it, he thought I was insane.
“It was only about 12-years-ago when we were out for a drink with some other people that he called me ‘his famous DJ son’.
“He took his time but I suppose that’s just a generational thing.”
Hacienda 30 is at The Cotton Factory on Saturday, September 22.
It will be headlined by American house DJ, Todd Terry, and has been organised by Huddersfield DJ and promoter James Noon, who has contributed a mix to the Hacienda website and will also be DJing at the event.
It will also feature Buckley, Jamie ‘Fatneck’ Low, Scott Whitworth and Challis.
Tickets £10 from the venue or online at skiddle.com