22 May 2007
Ghosts of the Haçienda - 21 May 2007 
Last night's Ghosts of the Haçienda was a multi-screen video event at One Central Street in the heart of Manchester and featured part documentary footage (Haçienda construction - FAC 54 - set to the pounding beat of New Order's Prime 5-8-6, 'Riverside' programme on the opening, a very young and debonair looking Tony Wilson explaining the philosophy, FAC 104 The Tube at the Haçienda, a short bit of Claude Bessy explaining his amazing visuals that were shown on the two video screens, plus much more) and part live performances from the famous and not-so-famous acts to have graced the Haçienda stage during the its First Age. All came thumping out of a fantastic sound system and a little dancing even broke out at one point.

Ikon man Brian Nicholson edited and directed the footage.

Jon Dasilva manned the decks and played a selection of period sounds before and after the 2-hour film show.

Those in attendance included Bruce Mitchell, Shan Hira, Slim, Cressa, Martin Moscrop, Mike Joyce, Stella Grundy (Intastella), Bobby Langley, ex-Haçienda staff including Penny Henry, Theresa Allen and Paul Mason plus IKON's Linda and Harry Dutton.

Many thanks to Brian Nicholson, Leroy Richardson and OMMCR (aka moist) for putting on a great (puppet-free) show.

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"Manchester, 1978. In the beginning there were four: Jez Kerr (bass), Martin Moscrop (guitar/trumpet), Peter Terrel (guitar/effects) and Simon Topping (vocals/trumpet). Four thin boys with a name borrowed from a Brian Eno record, the intense, drummerless quartet initially drew influence from Wire, Eno, the Velvets and Kraftwerk, and gained a manager in Anthony Wilson of Factory Records.

"May 1979 saw the release of their first ACR single, the dark All Night Party, although the sound and musicianship of the band would be transformed by the arrival of funky drummer Donald Johnson (DoJo) in August. Over the next few months the band gigged widely, often with Joy Division as part of Factory packages, and recorded demos with producer Martin Hannett as well as a Peel session. Their support slot with Talking Heads on their UK tour in December 1979 set David Byrne on a new course, and provided the compelling live half of their chic cassette package The Graveyard and the Ballroom. Post-punk, ACR now reflected the influence of Funkadelic, George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, The Bar Kays and James Brown."

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