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June 15, 1990, Graeme Park live at the Haçienda

 

Liveset from Graeme Park, recorded in the summer of 1990 in the Haçienda.According to Graeme Park this is a set which the regular guests of the Haçienda wiil relish.

The growth of the 'Madchester' scene was little to do with the healthy house music scene in Manchester at the time but it was boosted by the success of the Haçienda's pioneering Ibiza night, "Hot", an acid house night hosted by Pickering and Jon DaSilva in July 1988.

However, drug use became a problem. On 14 July 1989, the UK's first ecstasy-related death occurred at the club; 16-year-old Clare Leighton collapsed and died after her boyfriend gave her an ecstasy tablet. The police clampdown that followed was opposed by Manchester City Council, which argued that the club contributed to an "active use of the city centre core" in line with the government's policy of regenerating urban areas.The resulting problems caused the club to close for a short period in early 1991, before reopening with increased security later the same year.

Haçienda DJs made regular and guest appearances on radio and TV shows like Granada TV's Juice, Sunset 102 and BBC Radio 1. Between 1994 and 1997 Hacienda FM was a weekly show on Manchester dance station Kiss 102.

 

 

 

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