Milestones, Video — May 21, 2012 at 8:18 am

Haçienda at 30: Watch New Order, Smiths, Stone Roses, Chameleons at Manchester club

Thirty years ago tonight, The Haçienda — the famed Manchester nightclub opened by Factory Records, New Order and Tony Wilson — opened its doors to the public, helping mix dance and rock and ushering in the Madchester era of the late ’80s and early ’90s.

The club is long gone, torn down and replaced by an apartment complex, but we can celebrate by looking back at the iconic bands that played there. Below, you’ll find clips of New Order’s various performances over there years, plus full sets by The Smiths, The Chameleons and, perhaps most interestingly, The Stone Roses, captured in 1985 performing a very pre-The Stone Roses set.


New Order at the Hacienda, 7/20/83 (“Temptation”)


New Order at the Hacienda, 10/13/86 (“Love Will Tear Us Apart”)


New Order at the Hacienda, 6/10/87 (“Touched By the Hand of God”)


The Smiths at the Hacienda, 7/6/83 (full set)


The Stone Roses at the Hacienda, 8/15/85 (full set)


The Chameleons at the Hacienda, 1982 (full set)





  1. There’s a reason Bernard never really sung “Love Will Tear Us Apart.”

    The Chameleons in top form as always! Such an understated band. Always one of my favorites throughout the years.

  2. I grew up at the wrong time in the wrong country. 4 of my favorite bands, would have loved to have seen them live and in their prime.

  3. Chameleons were SO good and SO underrated.

  4. Same here, Dennis!

  5. God is that REALLY Ian Brown!? he looks and sounds SO different!!!!

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