FAC51 The Haçienda is set to throw its third ‘Haçienda House Party’ with award-winning digital platform United We Steam GM on New Year’s Eve.
And this year, it’s for 24-hours straight, as it chases the turn of the year around the world.
Beginning right at the start of the day on the Pacific Date Line in Fiji at 10am GMT, the marathon event will feature an impressive line-up of live guests and DJs designed to help households to celebrate the end of 2020 and welcome in the new year.
The entire 24-hour live stream will be broadcast as a digital reconstruction of FAC51, with the DJs performing to a virtual crowd in the original recreated venue.
The two previous FAC51 The Haçienda x United We Stream GM online parties amassed a global audience of millions and provided enjoyment in what has proved a difficult and challenging year, and now this New Year’s party will offer some of the finest international DJs, a gallery of Haçienda regulars, and some very special one-off live performances, all broadcast to raise funds for a number of worthy causes.
The DJ roster for the event is one of The Hacienda’s strongest ever too, but who can you expect to see?
From the New York scene, Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Todd Terry and Tony Humphries. From Detroit, Carl Craig, and live from Los Angeles, Moby, will all playing one-off, exclusive sets, and meanwhile, over in UK, dance music band Inner City, Phuture, DJ Norman Jay MBE and a whole host of Haçienda regulars spanning the entire history of the club – Graeme Park, Greg Wilson, Jon Dasilva, DJ Paulette, Justin Robertson, Sub Sub, K-Klass, DJ Woody, Peter Hook and the club’s first ever resident Hewan Clarke – return to FAC51.
And, returning for a bespoke one-off live performance, is Haçienda Classical with Manchester Camerata and AMC Choir, produced exclusively for New Year’s Eve by DJ Graeme Park and musical director Tim Crooks alongside the Manchester Camerata Orchestra, musicians and vocalists – including Yvonne Shelton, Melanie Williams, Rae Hall – and some surprise special guests.
All of the performers involved are giving their time and talents to the event to “boost morale for Mancunians” during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions.
Haçienda Classical has seen FAC51 team up with Manchester Camerata since its debut in 2016.
Highlights include sold out concerts at Castlefield Bowl and The Royal Albert Hall, with headline appearances at Kendal Calling, Isle of Wight Festival (twice), and Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage.
Manchester Camerata has been named “Britain’s most adventurous orchestra”, and their long-standing work in the community – with schools, care homes and people living with dementia – shows their great compassion and commitment to the city region.
A very special tribute to Frankie Knuckles is also planned, as The Frankie Knuckles Foundation will replay Frankie’s 2013/2014 NYE Albert Hall Manchester set, performed within the virtual Haçienda.
The Haçienda Twenty-Four Hour House Party NYE is being produced, and broadcast exclusively by United We Stream Greater Manchester.
United We Stream GM is free to watch, but viewers can donate via the website, with all income of the stream split 50% for the oneGM campaign, and 50% to charities chosen by The Haçienda – Save The Children, The Frankie Knuckles Foundation, and PeaceMeal in Ancoats.
The oneGM campaign was launched by Andy Burnham – Mayor of Greater Manchester – to raise funds and provide local support to the people hardest hit by the economic impact of COVID-19 in Greater Manchester.
From food poverty, to supporting those experiencing or at risk of homelessness, to providing mental health support, oneGM will deliver funding to organisations working hard to minimise the impact of this global crisis right within all local neighbourhoods.
During the first UK lockdown, United We Stream GM was watched by over seven million people and the acclaimed project ran for 12 weeks, amassing donations of nearly half a million pounds for 12 different local charities, with some 40 fundraising events broadcast live on the platform.
Speaking on the New Yearsacha Lord – Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester, founder of Warehouse Project and Parklife, and Executive Producer of United We Stream GM – said: “A few weeks ago, I promised that Greater Manchester would hold the biggest New Year’s Eve event, not just in the UK, but probably across Europe.
“During the initial 10 week United We Stream run, the most viewed events were the two Haçienda productions [and] we always strive to better ourselves, so we are back, with not only a bigger line up, spanning artists across the globe, but also running for 24 hours.
“We are the 24-Hour Party People.
“Nothing will stop us from doing what we do best, and at the same time, raising many funds for those in need. The last time I did 24 hours solidly, was quite a few years ago…but I’m prepared to give it another bash”.
Peter Hook added: “The Haçienda was all about the people from day one.
“This has been a terrible year and my two highlights were our gigs on United We Stream Greater Manchester. For the simple reason that it helped bring people together, entertained so many when we needed it most for some great causes.”
“We’ve been watching the awful turn of events over the past year and realised it was time to round this year off in positive way and bring everyone together again for a great big party.
“This is only way we know how and let’s rave safe in 2021 – from Manchester with love”.
Frederick Dunson – spokesperson for The Frankie Knuckles Foundation – said: “The Frankie Knuckles Foundation is extremely excited and proud to be participating in The Haçienda’s 24 Hour New Year’s Eve event with their special tribute honouring our beloved Frankie.
“He enjoyed his appearances at The Haçienda and for his legion of friends it will be reminiscent to hear him, and celebrate New Year’s Eve.”
“We are thankful to the great group of his DJ friends that are appearing in this historic event”.
People around the world will be able to watch #HaçiendaNYE from 10am on 31st December 2020 – 10am on 1st January 2021 exclusively via the United We Stream GM website here, or official the official Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and YouTube accounts.
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