‘The Hacienda must be built’: Designer Ben Kelly speaks to MM on the 40th anniversary of the legendary venue

Today marks the 40th anniversary that the legendary Manchester club The Hacienda opened its doors. It was opened on Friday, May 21st 1982 under the Factory Records catalogue number ‘Fac 51’. The Hacienda was one of the world’s most popular and influential nightclubs, bars and event spaces, which was opened up and co-owned by Factory Records and the members of New Order. It was inspired by the hedonism of New York and still remains a huge part of Manchester’s heritage. It was initially meant

TransPennine Express strikes lead to shortage of train services for Easter Weekend

Commuters planning to travel to Yorkshire over the Easter Weekend have been warned they face disruption. TransPennine Express (TPE) has advised people to “plan ahead” because of its reduced service. TPE employers will be striking Easter Saturday (16th) and Easter Sunday (17th). This will lead to significant disruption to TPE services which will predominantly affect the following Manchester routes: The Manchester to Edinburgh line which goes through Leeds, Hull, York, Scarborough, Middlesbrou

Manchester Music Scene Podcast

Dave Haslam shares insightful anecdotes about his experiences with Tony Wilson and The Hacienda during this special podcast from Mancunian Matters. He explores the infamous Manchester Music Scene with reporter Finn Toal and drawing parallels to the emerging music scene, or if the past is just crippling the future. Haslam was a DJ at the famous Hacienda from 1986 where he also played the final night it was open. He really pioneered the Madchester movement with his tunes and has now encapsulate

Manchester Film Festival - North West Short Films

The Manchester International Film Festival 2022 took place at the Odeon Cinema, Great Northern last week. There were 130 films, documentaries and short films played across the week with all making their premier in Manchester. It was the perfect opportunity to watch some honest and very well worked films from filmmakers who have really struggled with the pandemic over the past two years. Mancunian Matters was invited to attend the event, and I decided to watch the North West Shorts session on

Mancunian Way speed limit reduced in bid to improve road safety

Manchester City council announced a new 30mph speed limit on the Mancunian way on Monday in a bid to reduce the number of crashes on the cut through in the city. Analysis by Manchester City Council Highways team has shown a total of 29 incidents have been recorded on the road since 2018, one of which was fatal. The area between Chester Road and Pin Mill Brow junction will follow the new rules for at least 18 months, but could be made permanent, the council said. 17-year-old, Nadya Yusuf, rece

LISTEN: The Winter Olympics podcast

In this special Winter Olympics podcast, SWL’s Stuart Allen is joined by Finn Toal, Logan Forbes, Will Godley and Andreas Schoinarakis to discuss the big stories of the Games so far, including the controversy around Kamila Valieva, Team GB’s disappointing performance so far and when the hunt for that elusive first medal might end for the British athletes competing. You can check out SWL’s other Winter Olympics coverage here.

After Life teams up with CALM to donate bench to Greater Manchester park

After Life, Netflix and mental health charity Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) have installed 25 benches across the country, including one in Manchester to help raise awareness for suicide prevention. It follows on from the success of the show, especially the third and final series. This bench is located in Wythenshawe Park, right by the picnic benches where the Horticultural Centre and greenhouses are. After Life, created, directed and starby Ricky Gervais, explores key themes surrou

Beijing 2022 opening ceremony: how will it compare with 2008?

China is preparing to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing with the opening ceremony expected to kickstart the event on Friday February 4th. The host country will be the first in the world to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics, with just 14 years apart between the two. With the countdown on for the first Olympic event, there is a large sense of anticipation for the 2022 opening ceremony, especially after the phenomenal display which was put on just a little over a decade ago. This i

Manchester's most festive street raises money for late resident

Warwick Drive in Hazel Grove, Stockport, makes a firm claim to be the most festive street in Manchester where nearly all the houses fill their gardens with Christmas decorations. The lights have been going on for nearly 30 years after resident Brian McAndrew looked out of his window to only see one light on the street at Christmas, a street light. McAndrew needed to liven up the street and make it more festive. He then later went to the shops and decked out his house in Christmas lights and d

Manchester tinnitus tragedy: five years on

Five years ago last month, Manchester musician Craig Gill’s took his own life due to tinnitus and more needs to be done to raise awareness of the condition. Gill was the drummer for the Manchester band ‘Inspiral Carpets’ where he joined the band in 1986 at the age of 14. Gill played in the band until they split up in 1995 and later from 2003 to 2016, when the band reformed. During that time, Inspiral Carpets shaped the ‘Madchester’ scene in Manchester in the late 1980s, along with the Stone R

Gig Review: The Charlatans at Victoria Warehouse

Manchester favourites The Charlatans showed they were still as energetic and youthful as they were in the 90s with an unforgettable performance. The Charlatans celebrated their 30th anniversary since the release of their first album Some Friendly with a nationwide tour. However, due to delays with Covid-19, the tour has been rebranded to their 31st anniversary, with 30th being clumsily scribbled out on the poster. They took to the Victoria Warehouse on Saturday, December 4. The band was high

Dramatic new 30ft artwork of poppies is now open to Manchester public

The Imperial War Museum North welcomed 14,000 poppies to the public on Wednesday November 10th, just in time for Remembrance Day. The artwork, Poppies, is located in Salford Quays, with the ceramic poppies scaling up 30ft in IWM North’s Air Shard. After travelling to 19 different locations across the country, Manchester is now the poppies’ final resting place and permanent home. This follows on from the success of Poppies: Wave and Weeping Window which was part of the Blood Swept Lands and Se

More than 80% of acts pull out of scandal-hit festival

Dozens of bands pulled out of the Hit the North festival following allegations against the promoters of the event, SSD Concerts. These allegations forced the festival to put on a very limited production. A total of 79 bands were scheduled to play the festival which was to take place in Newcastle last weekend – but by the time it went ahead just 11 artists were left. The boycott of the festival comes after the company and their managing director, Steve Davis, faced allegations of inappropriate

Missing Moors Murders victim's body could be found thanks to new legislation

After 56 years, Moors Murder victim Keith Bennett’s body could finally be discovered with the help of powers given to police by a new bill. The Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill will go to Committee stage on October 20th, and it could pave the way for police to search Ian Brady’s locked suitcases. This could be the last chance to access additional information that would assist the police in identifying the grave of Bennett. Brady instructed his solicitor in 2017 to hold his two briefc

The ‘Brave Soles’ raising money for Manchester’s communities

St Peter’s Square hosted 51 firewalkers yesterday who hotfooted it over burning coals to raise cash for Manchester community groups. We Love MCR is a charity based on giving back to the community of Manchester as it aims to support local communities and provide opportunities to the younger generation. In the past they have raised and awarded just under £1 million to Manchester Covid-19 charities and groups during the pandemic. As dusk fell over Central Library, the stage was set and the fire

Litter and fly-tipping cause problems in the Northern Quarter

Issues with fly-tipping in the Northern Quarter are causing businesses to complain about the repulsive state of the side streets. Little Lever Street, which is next to Stevenson Square, is a hotspot for drinkers in Manchester as it houses many independent bars. However, this had led to numerous complaints and a general feeling of dissatisfaction among businesses with the current condition of the streets in the Northern Quarter. Each business is ordered to dump their rubbish bags on to the pav