Between 1982 and the early 90s, “Madchester” was the mecca of British alternative culture, and at its centre was Fac 51 The Haçienda. Run by Factory Records head honcho Tony Wilson and financed by post-punk heroes turned dancefloor denizens New Order, the club was designed as an antidote to the slick, suffocating aesthetic and stale music of other clubs in the city. With a down ’n’ dirty industrial look to match the steely sounds played within, it was also one of the first clubs to start playing house thanks to DJs Graeme Park and Mike Pickering, who helmed the hugely popular Friday-nighter, Nude. In 1988, Pickering pioneered the acid house night Hot with Jon DaSilva, and history was on its way to being made. A marker of The Haçienda's soon global reputation, music stars like Madonna, The Smiths, Oasis and Blur all performed at the venue before it closed in the summer of 1997.