Clubbers and historians are joining forces May 21 to resurrect one of Manchester's most famous venues for one night only.

For 15 years the Hacienda nightclub was renowned around the world as the spiritual home of rave culture and the Manchester music scene.

Now, on the 25th anniversary of the clubs opening night, former patrons and historians from the Museum of Science and Industry are staging a one-night revival.

The venue on Whitworth Street West was founded by music producer Rob Gretton and Factory Records impresario Anthony Wilson and was largely financed using profits from the success of the band New Order.

FAC 51 was the club's official designation in the Factory catalogue.

It once hosted top DJs and pop acts, but has now been demolished and replaced by luxury flats.

The venue, which opened in 1982 and closed in 1997, was featured in the film 24 Hour Party People which told the story of the Manchester music scene.

Urbis, an exhibition centre focusing on city life, will host a Hacienda Exhibition Launch Party July 18, 2007. Urbis' Hacienda 25th Anniversary Exhibition will open July 19 and run through February 2008.

This exhibition explores the origins, life and legacy of the club that became the crucible for a uniquely Mancunian aesthetic. Exploring the ideas and ideals that came together to make the Hacienda possible, the exhibition will explore stories as told by Anthony Wilson, Peter Hook, Peter Saville, Ben Kelly, Ian Tilton, Jon Savage, Hillegonda Rietveld, and Graham Massey, and will include many previously unseen images, photographs, footage, and artifacts.

Photo: Ian Tilton
Material: Yakub Qureshi via manchestereveningnews.co.uk