As announced earlier last month Iconic Hacienda DJ, Dave Haslam will be doing a set at our 25th Birthday.

Dave Haslam is known across Greater Manchester as a DJ, author and nightclub promoter and our 25th birthday is giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy a set from Dave in a small venue while raising money for Forever Manchester.

Dave is best known for his weekly residency in the infamous Hacienda from 1986-1990, which came about from his successful ‘Magic Roundabout’ night held at the Venue throughout 1985. Dave also started a fanzine called ‘Debris’ and met and interviewed Morrissey and Mark E Smith. From this, he began working for NME, where he interviewed New Order and began bringing unknown bands at the time to Manchester. Some of these bands went on to become huge, like Sonic Youth and Primal Scream.

Dave still DJs and runs events, including a lot of live on-stage interview events; in October he organised for John Lydon to launch his new book in Manchester. After emailing John a photo of Albert Hall on Peter St he accepted the proposal, more-or-less on the strength of how it looks, ‘a jewel in the North’. Dave also does a lot of events at the Royal Exchange.

Forever Manchester are extremely pleased that Dave supports our cause and has accepted our invitation to DJ our one-off event on 20th February.

Of Forever Manchester, Dave said: “I’m a supporter of Forever Manchester because it’s a charity that understands that we’re all engaged in a big project to make a positive changes to our city, but the success of that big project relies on lots of smaller grassroots projects and people chasing and fulfilling their dreams and aspirations and helping other people so to do. Throughout these thirty-plus years, I guess I have been energised by a do it yourself attitude which is strong in Manchester. Factory Records isn’t the only example in music, of course – I’ve also always admired Richard Boon, Linder Sterling and the people around the New Hormones record label and the Buzzcocks. But Factory had Tony Wilson who was such a great evangelist for what was happening in the city. If you have success, you give back something. That’s a good lesson.”

Tables are filling fast for our 25th Birthday. If you wish to purchase tickets or a table use the form below or call us on 0161 214 0940. Sponsorship opportunities are also still available, including the entertainment. Opportunities can be seen by clicking here.