24 May 2007
Haçienda 25: The Exhibition - FAC 491 
An exhibition called Haçienda 25: The Exhibition - FAC 491, about the legendary club FAC 51 The Haçienda which would have been 25 years old on 21 May, starts in central Manchester on 19 July.

The exhibition, which is being coordinated by Urbis, will feature artefacts and contributions from many people including New Order, Tony Wilson and Haçienda designer Ben Kelly.

Highlights include a complete set of birthday posters and the original '51' doors.

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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.

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