Dave Haslam

We were delighted to welcome writer, broadcaster and DJ Dave Haslam just after the release of his wonderful book ‘Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues’ (published by Simon & Schuster), a passionate authoritative history of significant venues and great nights out. Painstakingly researched and lovingly told, it’s a must read if you are at all interested in story behind British nightlife over the last century.

Dave’s amazing journey so far has seen him making his DJing debut at the Hacienda in 1986. Ian Brown, Tim Burgess, and the Chemical Brothers were regular visitors to his events there and all have credited him as an inspiration. Sonic Youth have slept on his floor; Tony Wilson threatened to shoot him; he took John Peel to see Public Enemy; he’s cooked cauliflower cheese for Morrissey; Neil Tennant introduced him to Tracey Emin… and he has appeared on radio and TV on dozens of occasions. This was a really special evening with a genuinely heart-warming message.