NEW ORDER’S PETER HOOK has been talking exclusively to NME.COM about the imminent demolition of his club, Manchester’s legendary nightclub THE HACIENDA.
The bulldozers move in at 11am on Monday (November 13) and Hooky will be there to see his dream reduced to rubble.
As previously reported on NME.COM the remaining contents of the club, which Peter co-owned with Factory Records boss Tony Wilson, have already been removed and are being auctioned for charity. The auction itself takes place on November 25 at the Richard Conrad building in the city and before that, lots can be viewed at [url=]www.hacauction.com.
Peter told NME.COM that 60,000 interested people had so far looked at the website and that they’d had sealed bids from as far afield as the US and Australia. Superstar DJ Sasha had put in a bid for the DJ booth, arguably the more significant lot on offer.
All proceeds will go to the Greater Manchester Community Foundation, which funds projects in deprived areas of the city.
Other lots up for grabs include the girders, the dancefloor chopped into sections, the seating and lights. “And one person bidding for it all will be me,” Peter joked. “I’m going to for one of the girders. I’ve no idea what I’m going to do with it but I want it. I’ve already got the stained glass windows, 12 of them that measure 25ft square and I don’t know what the fuck to do with them. I keep thinking I should auction them, but it spells out Fac 51 you see, so I don’t know.”
He continued: “The idea of it being demolished is so weird. But I actually like the idea of it disappearing. The Hacienda was so special, it seems a fitting end. People will go to the spot and go, wow! That’s where it was. It’s going to be a load of offices and houses. They were toying with the idea of calling it Acid House, until Shaun Ryder tried to buy 4E,” he laughed.
But he added: “It’ll be a sad day for Manchester ‘cos it’s so final. It ain’t coming back. We’re all going to be there doing a candlelight vigil. It’s surreal. I’m hoping there’ll be thousands there to wave it goodbye. It’d be fantastic. Taking an E and watching it go down. I’m hoping for that kind of protest.”
Come back to NME.COM on Monday for a full report on the end of The Hacienda – and the end of an era.