Announcing the news during The Haçienda’s 40th anniversary month, the BBC has commissioned a brand new documentary, which will go behind the scenes of one of the most famous clubs in the world: The Haçienda. Founded by Tony Wilson back in 1982, the nightclub played a pivotal role in Manchester’s ‘Madchester’ era, catapulting the careers of now-legendary bands such as the Happy Mondays, Oasis, The Stone Roses and the Chemical Brothers.
Set to be produced by Leeds-based Wise Owl Films, ‘The Hacienda: The Club That Changed Britain’ will bring together a number of the stars who got to experience the iconic club (here’s hoping for an appearance from Bez!), alongside unseen archive footage and interviews with regulars from back in the day.
While a premiere date for the documentary is yet to be announced, what we do know is that it will air on BBC Two with tons of first-hand testimonies from those who were lucky enough to witness The Haçienda in its heyday.
The Haçienda reached the height of its success in the 80s and early 90s, and resided in a building on the corner of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street, which has now been converted into flats. The club closed down in 1997 after suspected heavy drug use resulted in dwindling alcohol sales.