WANDERLUST; Manchester.

My fascination with Manchester began at 17 when a friend showed me the film 24 Hour Party People. It’s about the Manchester music scene (AKA ‘Madchester’) in the 80’s and early 90’s, and what went wrong with the Hacienda night club.

Last Friday I went on a Manchester Music walking tour, led by drummer of the Inspiral Carpets; Craig Gill. Inspiral Carpets were around at the same time as The Stone Roses and Noel Gallagher from Oasis was their roadie!

Standing on the site where the Hacienda nightclub used to be, and thinking all the amazing nights experienced there, sent shivers up and down my spine.

My favourite DJ – Laurent Garnier – was part of the Madchester scene and is included on the timeline on the back of the building, which charts the growth through to the collapse of the Hacienda.

Here is the quote which inspired the name:

My favourite café discovery was Teacup on Thomas St (number 55) in the Northern Quarter. They have delicious cakes, perfect coffee and free wifi.

There is a multi-story vintage and hand-made goods emporium on the corner of Tib Street and Dale Street called Afflecks.

The fancy dress section was the most fun to look through.

The only negative of my Manchester stay was the hostel – Hatters Hostel on Newton St. The showers were nice and hot but the hostel lacks personality, is on a very noisy road and feels somewhat like a prison. The location is great – right next to the Northern Quarter, but I wouldn’t recommend staying longer than 3 nights.

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