Do You Own The Dancefloor?

Do You Own The Dancefloor? at The RNCM

On Saturday 15th August, the Manchester film première of the documentary, Do You Own The Dancefloor? will take place at the Royal Northern College of Music.


Produced and directed by film maker, Chris Hughes, this documentary tells the story of what happened when legendary Manchester nightclub The Haçienda was knocked down and sold off.


In November 2000, many of the key elements from the iconic venue ended up as 69 lots at a charity auction before it was demolished to make way for a block of apartments. It resulted in parts of the nightclub - the epicentre of Manchester’s pop culture in the 1980s and 1990s – being scattered across the world.


As well as the auction, the film tracks down what happened to the parts of the club itself, whose famous industrial design by interiors guru, Ben Kelly included motorway cat’s eyes, traffic bollards and hazard signs.


The documentary isn’t just about The Haçienda. It’s also about the people who - so affected by their times there - had to come to Manchester to bid for bricks, toilets, exit signs and even pieces of the hallowed dance floor. The film is also about where those mementos can be found now.

The interviewees in the film include Haçienda DJs, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering along with Liam Gallagher (Oasis) and Peter Hook (Joy Division/New Order and co-owner of The Haçienda).


Chris Hughes attended the auction and bought a piece of the dancefloor himself. He made this production with a collective of professionals from the film and TV industry (working for free) to tell the story of how The Haçienda lives on as a huge brand, not only in music and memory, but in former clubbers’ homes, offices and gardens!


 I’ve had messages and photos from people from all over the world who have items….Australia, Miami, Montreal, London, Vancouver.


As Chris says, “I love hearing about people who are passionate about anything, they’re the most interesting kind of people. And people who own parts of the  Haçienda …I’ve found that they have such great stories to tell - with such passion. I’ve had messages and photos from people from all over the world who have items….Australia, Miami, Montreal, London, Vancouver."


Following the film screening at the RNCM, there will be a special Q&A hosted by writer and former Hacienda DJ, Dave Haslam. Panel guests include Mike Pickering, Suddi Raval, Liz Page (all of whom feature in the film). Plus, another former  Haçienda DJ, Allister Whitehead will be spinning tunes.


Tickets are £16.50 each & available directly from the RNCM website: