Do You Own The Dancefloor, a new film that aims to track down and reunite the various parts of Manchester’s legendary Haçienda nightclub, is set to premiere at the Glastonbury festival June 28.
Do You Own The Dancefloor not only charts the history of one of the most important clubs in dance music history, but also tracks down those who bought their own little bit of the club, and looks at what made it so special to them. The latest chapter in the story of Factory Records’ brainchild and the birthplace of rave culture might sound a little odd at first, but it soon makes sense once explained. In November of 2000, most of the Haçienda’s fixtures and fittings were sold off. The groundbreaking club, designed by Ben Kelly and opened in 1982, had closed in 1997 after 15 years of almost non-stop partying that saw the birth of “Madchester,” the Happy Mondays, and rave culture in the UK–eating up the profits of Factory signing New Order along the way. In order to raise some cash, the quirky decor, including motorway bollards, hazard signs, bits of the dancefloor, and even urinals and the entire DJ booth, were sold at auction, presided over by New Order’s own Peter Hook.
All profits go towards charities Kidneys For Life and Cancer Research. Learn more about the project at the film’s website, and see the full trailer below.