Club Poulter

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Club Poulter
Last updated June 2018
Danger Updater MDUDC 00:13, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
Club Poulter

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Basic Info:

  • Clubs are Dark buildings.
  • The usual internal description of a Club reads as follows:
    "…in the near-darkness of the main dancefloor."
  • When powered by a portable generator, the internal description changes to the following:
    "Coloured spotlights highlight an empty stage, and distorted music echoes over the speakers."
  • Clubs can be barricaded normally.

Club Poulter

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Photo Taken: 23rd September 2003

Description

History

Club Poulter (better known simply as The Haçienda) was a nightclub and music venue in Malton, It became most famous during the "Mad-lton" years of the late 1980s and early 1990s, during the 1990s it was widely regarded as being the world's most famous nightclub. The Haçienda opened in 1982 and despite considerable and persistent financial troubles survived until 1997 - during much of this time the club was mainly supported by record sales from New Order. The Haçienda is associated with the rise of acid house and rave music.


The Smiths performed there three times in 1983. It served as a venue for Madonna on her first performance in Malton, on 27 January 1984. She was invited to appear as part of a one-off, live television broadcast by Channel 4 music programme The Tube.

At one time the venue also included a hairdressing salon. As well as club nights there were regular concerts, including one in which Einstürzende Neubauten drilled into the walls that surrounded the stage

In 1986, it became one of the first clubs to start playing house music, with DJs Mike Pickering (of Quando Quango M People) and Little Martin (later with Graeme Park) hosting the visionary Nude night on Fridays. This night quickly became legendary, and helped to turn around the reputation and fortunes of the Haçienda, which went from making a consistent loss to being full every night of the week by early 1987.


Acid house and Rave

The growth of the Mad-lton scene was little to do with the healthy house music scene in Mad-lton at the time but it was boosted by the success of the Haçienda's pioneering Ibiza night, "Hot" an acid house night hosted by Pickering and Jon DaSilva in July 1988.

Although peaking in popularity during the rise of the rave era with many events there, most of the money ended up circulating to drug dealers due to the popularity of ecstasy on the club scene. The Haçienda itself saw very little of the nightly expenditure. The resulting problems caused the club to shut for a short period in early 1991.

Hacienda DJ's made regular and guest appearances on radio and tv shows like Granada TV's 'Juice', Sunset 102 and Radio 1. Between 1994 and 1997 'Hacienda FM' was a weekly show on Manchester dance station Kiss 102.

In the last years of the club's existence there were several shootings inside and outside the club and security and relationships with the police were a constant problem. In 1997, this culminated in a near-fatal attack on a student who was then pushed into the path of a car . A group of local magistrates who had just visited the venue witnessed the event. Although security at the club is one of the contributing factors to the club eventually closing, the most likely cause was finances. The club simply didn't make enough money from the sale of alcohol, and this is mainly down to the fact many patrons instead turned to drug use. As a result the club rarely broke even as clubs rely on the sales of alcohol as the main source of income.

Things got worse with the zombie outbreak of 2000. A new, more radical drug shook the industry. It was known as 'Brainz' rumoured to produce psycadelic trips lasting up to 6months, zombies flocked from far and wide to get their grey-matter fix. It seemed the new 'zombie-craze' was taking over and the mad-lton era was over. Ultimately, the club's long term future was crippled, with spiralling ransaskings, and few survivors left willing to retake this piece of musical history, the club was closed for good.

All thats left now is a ruined dancefloor, and moldy DJ box.

The song 'love will tear us apart' still plays over the speakers, in an erie, endless loop.

Barricade Policy

Current Status

Heavily Barricaded, Portable Generator (NO FUEL) --Max Lanter (Goldenlegacy) 23:05, 6 June 2009 (BST)


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