This month we have invited one of the World’s most respected dj’s: the Hacienda’s resident Graeme Park. He’s last played in Leeds at the Loft for the Fac 51 Hacienda World Tour in early 2009 and it was a sell out!
After working in the 80’s at “Select a Disc” in Nottingham, when the first early house records began to filter through from Chicago, Detroit and New York, the shop’s owner decided to open a nightclub and Graeme was the natural choice for selecting the discs. Determined to showcase his own style of music, his reputation as a House pioneer soon brought him to the attention of Mike Pickering at the Hacienda in Manchester, who asked him to cover for him whilst he went on holiday in 1988. Simply put, there was no-one else in the country who could do the job. The Summer of Love followed, and Parky quickly became one of the biggest names on the emerging dance Scene. Aside from his 8 year residency at the Hac, he was the first British DJ to play places like Australia, South America, USA, Asia & beyond. As well as producing and remixing tracks for the dance floor. The Hacienda was a club without a purpose until House Music filled its Cathedral sized dimensions. It undeniably defined Graeme as a DJ, but in 2010 that can only been seen as one chapter in an ongoing Fairytale.
“Yeah, it was a very big Chapter. I guess the first was when I discovered I could DJ, and discovered House Music from the US. The Hacienda was Chapter 2, and three was when it reopened after closing for a couple of months in 1992. Chapter four, was when it closed, and not long after I played around the world; and Chapter Five is where we are now.”
As far as Graeme’s concerned, things are as fab as ever. But where is Dance Music and Club Culture heading? Well who better to ask than the man who wrote the Disco A-Z?
“I started doing it purely by accident”, he details. “And then I realised I was actually pretty good at it, but I never thought I’d end up doing it for over 20 years, and I see no need to stop. I still love playing fantastic tunes in clubs, and people still want me to do it too.”
And where we are now is a very interesting place to be. Aside from all the regular gigs and many productions and the various guises, Graeme has been celebrating his 25th Anniversary with a series of special nights all over the UK and Overseas, playing a selection of classic House tunes, as well as new and current tunes too.
He has currently spent over 15 years on the Radio, having worked for: Kiss; Galaxy; Key103; Radio City; Juice FM; Forth1 and many more. His weekly Graeme Park Radio Show airs on a number of Radio Stations both in the UK and Overseas.
The Hacienda is now an Apartment Building. At the back of the building, there is a Timeline carved into steel detailing the History of the Club: From Madonna’s early performance, to its closure. And there’s Graeme’s name - not once, but twice – carved into the metal, for time immortal. Graeme has played alongside every other house music legend, David Morales, Frankie Knuckles, Erick Morillo, Sasha, Danny Tenaglia the list is endless.
The pre party starts at 9pm in the bar. See you there!
Tickets are available from the Oracle, Hip Clothing or Ticketweb.
We've also sorted out these amazing drinks prices ...
~ Selected Cocktails 2-4-1 (ground floor till midnight)
~ Bottles of Sol - £2.50
~ House Spirit & Mixer - £2.80
~ Double Vodka & Red Bull - £5
~ Bottles of Wine - £10
~ Jagerbombs - £2.50
But for those partying and splashing out we have tables available to book and some fantastic Champagne and Spirit by the bottle deals for you! BOOK A TABLE BY EMAILING email@example.com