1985 was a water-shed year for The Haçienda. Not because of major changes in musical style, or seismic shifts in popular culture – those were to come later on – but down to conflicting circumstances which would see the club emerge from the year with a sense that it had to get its act together professionally; a decision which would see The Haç in strong shape for the oncoming impact of acid house.

There were many positives, in truth. The founders’ ideals of a functioning club / live venue was coming to fruition with Nude bedding itself in as Manchester’s scally Friday night out as well as new nights starting up. These new nights meant new promoters and some of these were to soon become staff members and contribute to The Haçienda’s success over the coming years. The gig line ups were still impressive, yet the financial quagmire was to come to a head at the end of the year, as New Order suddenly realised where all their bloody money had been going!

Nude – the two M’s (Pickering and Prendergast)’s Friday night – was well on the way to becoming the stuff of legend and establishing itself as the main draw at the club, doing well over a thousand every week. Saturdays had long been a bone of contention for the management who clashed with resident DJ, Hewan Clarke – over his musical style and tastes – who sought to establish a new Saturday, “When Will Saturday Be?” However, when this failed to meet expectations, Hewan was asked to return with DMC’s Chad Jackson, also taking on Saturday duties.

There was an open-mindedness to new promotions and events. “The Summer of Love” saw M ‘2’ (Prendergast) play a midweek night of Sixties psychedelia and two events brought future management personnel into the club. Ang Matthews promoted a joint event in March for the Polytechnic and The Boardwalk (where she was then based) and a Gay and Lesbian Miners benefit. Also in the same month promoter, Paul Cons started at the club. Paul was brought swiftly into the firm and soon began promoting Gay Monday which featured many of the best gay bands, cabaret acts and drag performers and was a forerunner of Flesh which Paul was to promote later at The Haç. Paul’s belief in the theatricality of the venue led to an upping of standards for event decor and also mid-year the Swivel crew came in to take control of the lighting, establishing a mood and experience for Haç goers, which would also last for many years.

The Haçienda’s gig and booking policy more than punched its weight throughout ‘85 as well – two legendary gigs displaying slightly more edge and violence than the other. In a February gig that has passed into legend, Einsturzende Neubauten used a pneumatic drill in their set and took it to one of the central pillars on the dancefloor before Terry Mason weighed in and wrestled it off them. Once the crowd and club owners had recovered from the shock and sense of rock and roll abandon,Einsturzende Neubauten were banned for life.

Less crowd-pleasing was the Jesus And Mary Chain appearance on their appropriately billed ‘17 Minutes Of Feedback’ tour. Doing precisely that, it became a 17 minute set of ear splitting, nightmarish feedback, designed to wind up the crowd, which resulted in a hail of pint glasses being launched at the band from the balcony and crowd. Security were pulled off the band, who packed up their gear amidst much hostility and left the venue in haste. Thankfully drummer Bobby Gillespie – later a great friend of New Order and frontman with Primal Scream – was not to bear any ill-will for the ill-fated appearance.
Yet, beyond these two rock and roll debacles, a spectacular assembly of bands lined up at The Haçienda in 1985 including James; Run DMC; The Pogues; Nic Cave’s almost annual visit, this time with Sonic Youth in support ; Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers; Gil Scott Heron; George Clinton; Husker Du; The Fall; The Communards; Everything But The Girl; and the debut of a new beat combo, The Stone Roses – supporting Playne Jayne on 15th August 1985.

The year also saw the annual New Order gigs; the first in July; then the matinee/evening concert double header in December, which saw the afternoon audience refusing to leave for the night audience. Yet New Order’s influence on The Haçienda’s development that year was to have a much greater impact. New Order’s stock was high with the success of Low-Life; a deal with Quincy Jones’ Qwest label; and the inclusion on John Hughes’ Pretty in Pink Soundtrack. Things were good……

…..until, on returning from a successful US tour, the band were told to sign over all their earnings from the tour to continue funding The Haçienda. Having adopted something of a laissez-faire attitude to the running of the club prior to this, the band were forced to take a more hands-on approach and discovered that they had been underwriting the club to the tune of £2 million!! Finding out that the overnight money was not being stored in a safe and the staff were voting their own pay rises, a new more professional direction was needed for Fac 51’s development. Realising there was no hope of seeing the money again and that the guarantees precluded any outside investment, New Order wrote off the club’s debts in the hope of safeguarding its future.

This moment of clarity, as The Haçienda confronted its mismanagement, was to usher in some control to the madness as 1986 would show. Thi coming just in time for the years that were to come.

Fri 4th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 5thParty Night with DJ Hewan Clarke

Fri 11thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 18thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 25thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

 

Fri 1st – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 8thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 11thMilltown Brothers, Midwich Cuckoos

Weds 13thJames, A Certain General

Fri 15thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 22ndNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 28th – Einsturzende Neubauten (the famous gig where the band took a pneumatic drill to one of The Hacienda’s pillars resulting in a life-time ban) 

Fri 1stNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 2ndHewan’s Party Night with Run DMC

Tues 5thRaw Power (“The Tuesday Night. The Hacienda. The Real Music. The Cramps and Joy Division and Test Dept and Buzzcocks and T-Rex and The Fall and U2 and Bowie and The Inca Babies and Billy Bragg and Strongarm and Other Hard Stuff.” With DJ Lauging Gravy)

Thurs 7thThe Pogues

Fri 8thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry 

Thurs – 14th The Associates

Fri 15th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry 

Thurs 21stManchester Polytechic and The Boardwalk presents The Easter Ball with Baby Go Boom

(Promoted by future Hacienda manageress Ang Matthews)

Fri 22ndNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Weds 27th – Lesbian And Gays Support The Miners Benefit with The Redskins, Pete Shelley

Fri 29th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 8thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry (rescheduled from 5 April)

Fri 12thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 19thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 25thNick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Sonic Youth

Fri 26thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 27thBody and Soul, Body and Mind with DJ Hewan Clarke

Thurs 2nd – Xmal Deutschland

Fri 3rdNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 10thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 16thThe Colourfield

Fri 17thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 18thWill Saturday Ever Be? (A new Saturday night with DJ’s The Happy Hooligans)

Tues 21stThird Anniversary Celebration 

Thurs 23rd – The Explorers

Fri 24th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 31st – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Around this time “Swivel” began to light the club on non gig nights, providing visuals and projections which saw the Hacienda’s club atmosphere take shape. 

 

Weds 5thGil Scott-Heron

Fri 7th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 10th – Gay Monday – A forerunner to Flesh, a party in the Gay Traitor for lesbians and gay men promoted by Paul Cons

Tues 11thThe Summer of Love with DJ Martin Prendergast spinning 60’s psychedelia

Thurs 13thThe Pogues

Fri 14thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 15thWill Saturday Ever Be? with DJ Chad Jackson

Thurs 20th –  Afro Caribbean Connection

Fri 21stNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 24th – Pete Shelley

Weds 26thThe Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, The Pastels & Meat Whiplash

Fri 28thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 4th – Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers (“American independence night. Rally around the flag with Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers and many more Yank surprises.”)

Fri 5thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 12thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 15th – Gay Monday with The Communards

Tues 16thNew Order

Fri 19thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 25thPaul Blake

Fri 26th – Nude Night (Mike Pickering)

Fri 2ndNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 9th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 15th – Playn Jayne, The Stone Roses

Fri 16thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 19th – Gay Monday Barge Party

Weds 21st – George Clinton

Fri 23rd – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 30thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 6th –  Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 9th – Gay Monday, The Life and Times of Harvey Milk (film)

Fri 13thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Weds 18thThe Pogues

Fri 20thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Weds 25thHusker Du, Crime & the City Solution

Fri 27thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 28thWill Saturday Ever Be? with DJ Chad Jackson

Mon 30thMusic and Dance with Liz Wright & The Fallen Angels (For Lesbians and Gay Men)

Tues 1stThe Summer of Love with DJ’s Little Martin & Martin Prendergast

Fri 4th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Mon 7th –  Music and Dance for Lesbians and Gay Men at the Hacienda

Tues 8th – Fresher’s Ball 

Weds 10th – Hanoi Rocks

Thursday 11thEverything But the Girl

Fri 12th – Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 13th – Hacienda Hot Night

Tues 16th – The Hometown Gig 9

Thurs 18th – The Fall

Fri 19thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 19thWill Saturday Ever Be? with DJ Chad Jackson

Weds 23rd – Creation Records night with Primal Scream, Meat Whiplash, & Weather Prophets

Fri 25thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Sat 26thWill Saturday Ever Be? with DJ Chad Jackson

Mon 28thGay Monday with Miquel Brown, The Joan Collins Fan Club, Liz Wright, & The Fallen Angels

Thurs 31stGil Scott Heron

Fri 1stNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 8thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Thurs 14thThe Cool Notes

Fri 15thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Fri 22ndNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Tues 26th – The Jesus and Mary Chain

Fri 29thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Tues 3rdNew Order (two concerts, matinee and late show), Happy Mondays

Weds 4thManchester Polytechnic Christmas party (produced by students and featuring their own DJs) 

Thurs 5thA Transatlantic Happening, Quando Quango, 52nd Street with DJ’s Mark Kamins & Frank Callari)  – “Ruth Polsky, the Queen of New York invites you to her birthday soiree at The Hacienda

Fri 6thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry 

Mon 9th – Gay Monday

Fri 13thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry 

Sat 14thStreet Scene

Mon 16thGay Monday Christmas Party

Tues 17thWinter of Discontent Christmas Bash

Thurs 19thCity Life party

Fri 20thNude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Tues 24th – Christmas Eve party

Fri 27th –  Nude Night with DJ’s Mike Pickering & Andrew Berry

Tues 31st – New Year’s Eve