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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