VINTAGE FESTIVAL: Chance to pick the brains of Hacienda duo

The Hacienda in Manchester. PICTURE BY CHRIS GLEAVE.
The Hacienda in Manchester. PICTURE BY CHRIS GLEAVE.
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A DJ from the legendary Hacienda nightclub in Manchester will appear at a special Q&A session in Morecambe, followed by a one-off party in the town’s Winter Gardens.

Mike Pickering, who signed James and the Happy Mondays to Factory Records, will take part in a Conversation in Creativity at the Hothouse on Saturday. Mike is also a founder member of 1990s band M People, whose album Elegant Slumming was one of the biggest hits of the decade.

After working at Factory, Mike went on to become co-director of Deconstruction Records and now works for Sony BMG with artists including The Gossip, Calvin Harris and Kasabian.

The Q&A session takes place at 4pm at More Music’s home at 13-17 Devonshire Road. Mike will be joined by fellow Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam. The event will be hosted by journalist and author Dave, who DJ’d 450 times at the Haçienda and has since performed sets worldwide.

He’s currently finishing his fourth book. Previous titles include ‘Manchester England’ (1999).

The pair will then move on to the Winter Gardens for a night celebrating the north’s distinctive dance culture and DJ history.

Hacienda legends Mike and Dave will evoke memories of Manchester’s Acid House era at ‘The Warehouse’, a special gig from 9pm to 2am.

Tickets for the Warehouse are just £15 each, plus booking fees. For tickets and more information, visit and search for Mike Pickering.

The Conversations in Creativity series is organised by Creative Lancashire and has included some of the country’s leading creative people including Simon Aldred from Cherry Ghost, Nick Park, Jeanette Winterson, Lemn Sissay and Wayne Hemingway.