The online party raised a ‘fortune’ for local charities.
Taking place over the Easter weekend, the legendary Haçienda hosted a virtual house party as part of Manchester’s United We Stream project, bringing an impressive line-up of their fan-fave DJs along for the occasion. And it was a very special affair indeed, with over 1.5M people tuning in for the all-day party.
The live-streamed event kicked off at 12 noon, providing a party atmosphere for everyone currently stuck indoors due to Coronavirus – and it was so successful, the organisers have already planned a second event. Featuring the likes of Graeme Park, K-Klass and Tom Wainwright playing from secret lockdown locations in Manchester (following the Government’s strict lockdown rules, of course), the legendary event literally broke the internet, with thousands trying to access both the live stream and the donation page at the same time.
The brand new event will take place on Saturday 9th May during the UK’s next bank holiday, with Manchester nightlife king Sacha Lord announcing the news in a tweet to his followers. The announcement read:
“1.5 million people enjoyed the Hacienda on UnitedWeStream.co.uk yesterday, so guess what…we’re doing it again. 9th May, Bank Holiday. Please keep donating and we’ll keep entertaining”
The line-up for the follow-up party is epic too, with Haçienda Classical hosting a 12-hour session, as well as Graeme Park and Tim Crooks.
The United We Stream events aim to raise funds for Manchester’s nightlife economy, as well as charities such as Nordoff Robbins and Greater Manchester Mayor’s Charity. The majority of the funds, however, are being put towards helping venues, restaurants and bars across the city make it through the pandemic as their doors remain closed. So far, the fund has raised an incredible £260,000 over just four weekends, which will be distributed to businesses across the city struggling as the nightlife sector is temporarily closed.
[Featured image: FAC 51 The Haçienda]