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24-hour New Year Hacienda party will see DJs perform in virtual venue

'It's time to round this year off in positive way and bring everyone together again for a great big party'

Ending the year with a bang, FAC 51 The Haçienda is throwing their third Haçienda House Party with United We Stream Greater Manchester, this time for 24 hours straight as it chases New Year’s Eve around the world. 

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 and United We Stream GM online parties attracted a global audience of millions.

This New Year’s party offers some of the finest international DJs, a gallery of Haçienda regulars and some very special one-off live performances, all broadcast via United We Stream GM to raise funds for good causes.

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 Camerata orchestra, musicians and vocalists including Yvonne Shelton, Melanie Williams, Rae Hall and some surprise special guests. 

A very special tribute to Frankie Knuckles is also planned: The Frankie Knuckles Foundation will replay Frankie’s 2013/2014 NYE Albert Hall Manchester set, performed within the virtual Haçienda. 

The DJ roster for New Year’s Eve for the event is one of The Hacienda’s strongest ever. From the New York scene Danny Tenaglia, David Morales, Todd Terry and Tony Humphries; from Detroit Carl Craig; and live from Los Angeles, Moby, all playing one off, exclusive sets.

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 return to FAC51 including 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.

“The Haçienda was all about the people from day one,” said Peter Hook.

“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.”

All of the performers involved are giving their time and talents gratis to the event, to boost morale for Mancunians and beyond, during the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions. 

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 the Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham to raise funds to get 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 from the Coronavirus crisis, 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 good causes and local charities, with some 40 fundraising events broadcast live on the platform.

“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,” said Warehouse Project founder and executive producer of United We Stream GM, Sacha Lord.

“During the initial ten week United We Stream run, the most viewed events were the two Haçienda productions.

“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!”

The Haçienda Twenty-Four Hour House Party NYE is being produced and broadcast exclusively by United We Stream Greater Manchester from 10am on 31st December until 10am on 1st January 2021. People around the world will be able to watch #HaçiendaNYE via, and the United We Stream GM official  Facebook, Twitter, Twitch and You Tube accounts.

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