Even if you’re not into rave music there’s every chance you may have heard of legendary club ‘The Hacienda’ - voted the most famous club in the world back in the 1990s.
This weekend, UAE musos will get a taste of the venue that put Manchester on the clubbing map as former Hacienda DJ Graeme Park and Madchester legend Peter Hook come to Dubai.
As part of 30th anniversary celebrations of the club once co-owned by Hook, the pair will hit the decks at Trilogy on Thursday.
For Hook, who co-founded rock band Joy Division back in the mid 70s - re-forming as New Order when Ian Curtis died - the buzz of playing live hasn’t faded.
While advances in technology have changed the music industry, his attitude is still the same as ever. He now fronts Peter Hook And The Light, and speaking about his three decades on the scene he says: “I don’t think I’ve changed all that much. I may be older and wiser but the thing about being in rock music is that you never really have to grow up, it’s good for keeping you and your outlook young.
“I’ve been sober for some seven, eight years now and I heartily recommend it. I leave the partying to the other guys, whether it’s with the band or the other DJs. They all still seem to enjoy it so I can kind of enjoy it through them without having to suffer myself.”
Performing Joy Division tracks as the front man of The Light allows Hook to re-create some of the magic of his early years.
“I still don’t really understand why, when we were in New Order, we didn’t celebrate anything to do with Joy Division. It seemed wrong to me to just leave it on the shelf. For so many years with New Order we studiously ignored anything to do with Joy Division and I love the music and it’s very important to me. When I decided to do the album shows it had been more than three decades since I’d played most of the tracks so it was great to have them back, so to speak.”
The Hacienda anniversary gigs are taking the guys all over the world and Hook, who has DJ-ed in Dubai twice before, is still amazed at the impact the Mancunian club has had on the world of music.
“It’s mind blowing how much impact the Hacienda had, and continues to have, across music, design, fashion and nightclubs today,” he says.
“The amount of promoters who went off and started their own clubs, the number of DJs and bands who came through the club - Sasha, Laurent Garnier, The Stone Roses and Happy Mondays - the influence carries on.
“It’s not just about famous people either. People met their partners there and the memories of the club are still revered today. As well as that, the book ‘How Not To Run A Club’ (Hook’s 2009 book) and the film ‘24 Hour Party People’ keep the legend going.”
Call 050 624 5751 for more info on the
set at Trilogy.