20 classic images of the staff, clubbers and famous faces that helped make the Hacienda what it was


The legendary Hacienda nightclub closed on June 28, 1997 – but its legacy lives on.

These images, mostly from our Mirrorpix archive, offer a glimpse into the ‘people’s palace’ that was at the epicenter of the Madchester scene in the 80s and early 90s.

Funded by Tony Wilson’s Factory Records and New Order, the Hacienda opened in a former yacht builder’s warehouse at 11-13 Whitworth Street West on May 21, 1982, before fueling the music boom acid house and rave culture.

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Our images capture just a few of the Madchester personalities, staff, celebrity appearances and clubbers who have graced the doors of Le Hac over the years.

Over the years, the club has hosted performances from everyone from the Smiths to Madonna. But it wasn’t until 1986 that it really took off when events like DJ Mike Pickering’s legendary house party Nude filled the dance floors and lined up clubbers around the block.

Here are just 20 photos from the Hacienda’s past that will transport you back in time.

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