New Year's Eve is littered with options, with every clubnight and promoter worth their salt pulling out all the stops to ensure you see out 2013 in spectacular fashion. One of the stand-out options from our viewpoint is the chance to stride into next year by looking into the past, and in particular the height of the acid house era via the Hacienda at the Albert Hall in Manchester.
The first clubnight in the recently renovated Albert Hall, the Hacienda reunion will see three titans of US house music top the bill in a stunning ode to the raw quality of the genre. First up is the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles, the DJ and producer credited more than others with kick-starting the movement. Indeed it was the club where Frankie was playing in the early eighties, the Warehouse in Chicago, that the genre's name was derived from - the music being played at the 'House.
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He'll be joined by Todd Terry, a man who managed to realise both the creative and commercial capabilities of house music without ever losing credibility. Whether adding a dancefloor sheen to Everything but the Girl or his own classic productions such as 'Can U feel it' as CLS, Todd has been a consistently brilliant creator and not too bad behind the decks either, as the above mix he delivered for us earlier in the year testifies.
The final component of the US triumvirate is Marshall Jefferson, the man behind seminal classic 'Move your body' and a key component of the definitive acid house label Traxx. Having now taken permanent residence in the North West, Jefferson's tireless activity has been dedicated to ensuring the true soul of house music is retained, spreading the gospel of the genre far and wide.
Also playing will be former Hacienda residents Graeme Park and Tom Wainwright, Alistair Whitehead, 808 State and Bez,
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