Spa to be turned into legendary Manchester venue for after-party

Peter Hook playing a DJ set
Peter Hook playing a DJ set
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Scarborough’s lavish Spa venue is set to be transformed into once of the most iconic music venues in musical history - The Haçienda.

The seminal Manchester venue, the centrepiece of the halcyon ‘Mad-chester’ era, will be brought back to life for one night only, when it hosts the after-party of the Happy Mondays Open Air Theatre concert on Saturday June 22.

Secret negotiations have been ongoing for months to bring the one-off event to Scarborough, to celebrate 30 years since the legendary venue opened its doors.

And The Scarborough News can exclusively reveal that it’s currently the only UK show to date, on a global anniversary tour which will incorporate shows in places such as Hong Kong.

Headlining the event will be a DJ set from one of the key figures of the scene, ex-New Order and Joy Division bassist Peter Hook.

There will also be an appearance from Bez from the Happy Mondays, as well as a plethora of other big names from the era, including resident Hacienda DJs Vince Vega and Graham Park.

The announcement was revealed exclusively to The Scarborough News yesterday afternoon, and came a day after electronica pioneers 808 State were announced as the main support for the Open Air Theatre show.

The group, whose classic anthem ‘Pacific State’ became an end-of-night anthem at the Haçienda, will warm up the crowd prior to the headline set from the reformed baggy rockers.

Transport links are expected to be in place for after party, which will run until approximately 3am.

Gig goers will be taken to the seafront venue for the party, which will also be open to the public.

Dominic Stokes, from Sheffield International Venues, said: “It’s just going to be a phenomenal event for Scarborough.”.