Djing

Dave Haslam DJ-ed over four hundred and fifty times at the Hacienda, mostly Thursdays and Saturdays through the ‘Madchester’ years in the late 1980s when his eclectic, open-minded and ground-breaking DJing became a focus for Madchester’s indie dance fraternity. Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, Justin Robertson, and the Chemical Brothers have all credited Haslam as an inspiration. His periods at the club were 1986-1990, 1991-1992, and then he returned to play at the club in 1996; he was DJing on the last night the Hacienda was open; June 28th 1997.

In the 1990s he hosted ‘Freedom’ and ‘Yellow’ at the Boardwalk and DJ-ed at the likes of ‘Cream’ in Liverpool, ‘Angels’ in Burnley, Home in London and round the world; including Ibiza, Chicago, Reykjavik, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Dublin, Zurich, and Detroit. His gigs with bands include shows with the Stone Roses (at the Hacienda, Blackpool Empress Ballroom, Alexandra Palace, and Spike Island) and New Order at G-Mex. He’s played at afterparties for New Order, Gorillaz, and Depeche Mode. His festival appearances include ‘Creamfields’ (1998, 2008), ‘Standon Calling’ (2010), ‘FOM Fest’ (2011), ‘Kendal Calling’ (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), and Festival YEAH! in Lourmarin, France (2014).

He describes his DJing philosophy as “playing the best records ever made one after the other” and his style as “eccentric/eclectic”; he has been described as “the man with golden ears”. As well as his place in the history of Manchester clubs, he has pursued a career as a writer and journalist and has also been identified as one of the earliest and most influential champions of the new generation of Manchester bands; including Everything Everything.

He currently hosts a number of club nights in Manchester, notably the successful guest-list only ‘Sweet Sensation’ night, at various venues, and a once-a-year ‘Yellow’ Reunion. Away from Manchester, he has recently played in Lisbon, Cleveland, New York, Paris, Barcelona, and Geneva.

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A small selection of previous gigs appears below, some with links to images (flyers etc), more details, random thoughts and/or more information.

14/02/2015 Whitworth Art Gallery re-opening party, Manchester

29/11/2014 ‘Back to Blackburn’ at St John’s Centre, Blackburn

08/11/2014 Tender Club di Firenze, Italy

07/11/2014 ‘Pulp’, Parma, Italy

06/09/2014 Vintage Festival, Morecambe Winter Gardens (with Mike Pickering)

08/08/2014 Beacons Festival, Yorkshire

06/06/2014 Festival YEAH!, France (with Laurent Garnier)

19/01/2014 FAC251, Manchester (supporting ESG)

31/12/2013 New Year’s Eve at Gorilla, Manchester

11/10/2013 Jeremy Deller exhibition opening party, 2022NQ, Manchester

27/07/2012 House Party, Kendal Calling

21/05/2012 Hacienda 30th Birthday, Hacienda Apartments Car Park

16/07/2011 Manchester International Festival, Albert Square (with Joey Negro)

24/06/2011 Cafe Carmen, Paris (with Jerry Bouthier)

21/05/2010 ‘Lovegang’, Club Uebel & Gefahrlich, Hamburg

28/03/2010 B-Side Liquor Lounge, Cleveland, Ohio

06/02/2010 La Machine, Paris

18/07/2009 Manchester International Festival, Albert Square (with Ashley Beedle)

23/05/2009 KAB, L’Usine, Geneva

29/04/2009 Hacienda 27th Birthday, Sankey’s, Manchester

24/08/2008 Creamfields, Daresbury, Cheshire

25/05/2008 The Charlatans aftershow party, with Peter Hook

01/05/2008 Aura, Lima, Peru

26/04/2008 ‘Yellow’ Reunion, Mo-Ho Live, Manchester

09/11/2007 South Bank Centre, London

05/10/2007 ‘Another Planet’, South, Manchester

27/04/2007 ‘Yellow’ Reunion, Urbis, Manchester

10/03/2007 ‘Disco Rescue’, South, Manchester

31/10/2006 Cloud 23, Hilton Hotel, Manchester

26/08/2006 ‘Creamfields’, Daresbury, near Warrington

21/04/2006 ‘Yellow’ Reunion, the Music Box, Manchester

11/11/2005 Outta Sight, the Mint Lounge, Manchester

24/03/2005 ‘Tangled’/'Decade’ at the Phoenix, Manchester

25/05/2003 ‘Tangled/Decade’ & ‘Step Back’ Industry, Manchester

23/05/2003 Lemn Sissay’s Birthday, Rossetti, Manchester

15/05/2003 Rex Club, Paris, with Laurent Garnier & Mike Pickering

26/03/2002 ‘Twenty-Four Hour Party People’ London premiere party

20/09/2001 ‘Adventures on the Wheels of Steel’ launch party

31/12/2000 New Year’s Eve at Sankey’s Soap, Manchester & ‘Ultima/Devotion’ Mere Country Club

31/12/1999 New Year’s Eve at Home, London

31/12/1998 New Year’s Eve at ‘Cream, Liverpool & Granada Studios, Manchester

14/11/1998 ‘Cream’, Liverpool, with Nick Warren & Junior Sanchez

01/08/1998 ‘Cream’, Liverpool, with Pete Tong & Paul Oakenfold

30/12/1995 Freedom including P.A by Happy Clappers

07/11/1992 Freedom including P.A by Reese Project

15/09/1992 FFRR Records party Boardwalk, Manchester (with Justin Robertson, Pete Tong, & Andrew Weatherall)

07/08/1992 ‘Yellow’ with guest DJ Norman Cook

06/04/1991 Freedom including P.A by Sub Sub

12/07/1990 La Locomotive, Paris, with the Farm

30/06/1990 Metro, Chicago

29/06/1990 St Andrews, Detroit

28/06/1990 Axis, Boston

09/06/1990 Spike Island, supporting the Stone Roses

18/11/1989 Alexandra Palace, London, supporting the Stone Roses

12/08/1989 Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, supporting the Stone Roses