Sacha Lord is Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester, Chair of the Night Time Industries Association and Chair of Wythenshawe F.C, Co-Founder of The Warehouse Project and Co-Founder of Parklife - the UK’s largest metropolitan festival.
His events have hosted some of the biggest names in music, including Snoop Dogg, Liam Gallagher and Skepta.
In his role as Greater Manchester’s first-ever Night Time Economy Adviser, Sacha works with Mayor Andy Burnham and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, consulting on all issues relating to the Night Time Economy and providing a voice for workers, operators and the industry at large.
Growing up in Altrincham during the ‘Madchester’ period, Sacha left Manchester Grammar School with two Us and an E at A-level. He has since spoken openly about the anxiety that came with struggling at school and the pressure he felt watching his peers go off to the UK’s top universities whilst he stayed back, wondering what to do next.
After a brief stint working in an Altrincham clothes shop and selling leather jackets on a market stall in Liverpool, Sacha found himself with a career in Promoting before eventually putting on the first event of his own - a student night at the Hacienda on July 4th 1994 - and the rest was history.
In the 3 decades since, Sacha has had a hand in some of Manchester’s most iconic Events at some of Manchester’s most iconic venues: Tribal Gathering, Mantazia, The Warehouse Project and Parklife Festival as well as his 6 year stint at Sankey’s Soap are but a few.
Today, The Warehouse Project stands as the UK’s largest nightclub with a capacity of 10,000 people at its Mayfield Depot home, putting it on par with Privilege in Ibiza, which holds the Guinness World Record for the largest nightclub in the world. It has also been voted the World’s Favourite Night Club.
Parklife has seen similar levels of success, as the UK’s largest metropolitan festival. Over the span of two days, the event attracts 80,000 people to its Heaton Park home, employing 4,500 people and bringing £10 million into the region.
In 2018, he was made Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester by Mayor Andy Burnham. Through this role, Sacha has championed the city region’s nation-leading nightlife, laying out recommendations to help improve safety, transport and cultural diversity in the sector, as well as ensuring workers are supported throughout their careers, speaking up for operators facing challenges and hosting listening events with Night Time Economy businesses and employees to further understand their needs.
2020 saw Sacha launch United We Stream, the online entertainment platform created during lockdown in response to the global closure of night life venues. The platform racked up over 20 million viewers over 10 weeks and in doing so, raised £612,000 for local charities, artists, freelancers and venues.
Today, Sacha’s music ventures bring a combined annual £20.9 million into Greater Manchester’s local economy. Each year, Parklife raises money for the Parklife Community Fund, which is distributed to help local causes.
On 4th July 1994, Sacha put on his first event - a student night at the Hacienda. His first mistake was that it was supposed to be a student night, however, in July most of Manchester’s student population had returned home for their summer break. The absence of his target demographic didn’t slow him down though, with a quick pivot and plenty of flyering, postering and blagging, this became the event to launch his 30-year career in the industry.
After 3 years of running student nights, Sacha wanted to try his hand at something bigger. That event was Mantazia - a New Year’s Eve party at Granada Studios, the home of Coronation Street and many other beloved ITV shows. This was his first step onto a bigger stage, with the event selling out at a capacity of 5200.
Sacha and his then-business partner David Vincent took ownership of the iconic Sankey’s Soap in 2000, re-opening the club after its two-year closure (mainly due to gangs and violence) with the aim to refresh its offering and appeal to a new audience. Sacha would leave Sankeys in 2006 to co-found The Warehouse Project.
Sacha’s first warehouse party. With 10,000 people in attendance at Pollard St, Manchester, this was the event that sowed the seed for The Warehouse Project. It was also the first fully licensed warehouse party since Margaret Thatcher brought in strict regulations.
Inspired by the success of previous events, Sacha launched The Warehouse Project alongside business partners Sam Kandel and Rich McGinnis. The event runs annually from September to January 1st and has been named The World’s Favourite Night Club. Starting off at Boddington’s Brewery, the nomadic series moved around covering Store Street, Victoria Warehouse and Mayfield Depot.
What started as a one-day event at Platt Fields Park with 20,000 students is now the UK’s largest metropolitan festival. A two-day festival taking place annually at Heaton Park, attracting 80,000 people for a weekend of music.
Sacha was appointed the role of Greater Manchester’s first-ever Night Time Economy Advisor in 2018 - a role in which he fights for the operators, employees, venues and attendees of Manchester’s nightlife scene.
Sacha launched United We Stream, the online entertainment platform, as a response to the global closure of night life venues during lockdown. The platform racked up over 20 million viewers over 10 weeks and in doing so, raised £612,000 for local charities, artists, freelancers and venues.
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) board voted unanimously to appoint Sacha as the Chair of the Board of Directors.
Sacha became Chair of Wythenshawe Amateurs Football Club following their promotion to the North West Counties Premier League.
Sacha Lord appointed JMW Solicitors in January of 2023 to start the process of forming The Sacha Lord Foundation.
Headed up by his wife, Demi, the Foundation will support young people from Greater Manchester, who like Sacha, did not or could not go down the conventional education route.
The Foundation will be focused on supporting and carving out careers in the Events or Hospitality sector. Charity Number: 1204808. It launches Spring 2024. More information coming soon…
With exclusive insight into the economic challenges of today’s nightlife sector and urban regeneration, Sacha provides unique insight into how businesses must adapt to thrive in our ever changing economy.
Sacha Lord unveiled his 5 Point Plan to save Hospitality at the Labour Party Conference on October 8th.
Sacha Lord sent a powerful message to Rishi Sunak during the Conservative Party Conference, taking a stance against his treatment of Freelancers during the pandemic.
The Charity Commission has now registered The Sacha Lord Foundation as a Charity.
Tales From The Dance Floor...a book detailing 3 decades of untold stories throughout Sacha's career and Manchester Nightlife has been signed to Harper North/Harper Collins.
Following the news that Hatch, a Manchester city-centre food and drink hub, will be closing at the end of September 2023, before re-opening at the end of 2024 under new developers, Sacha Lord has offered jobs at The Warehouse Project to all employees affected by the closure.
Sacha Lord paid everyone’s food and drink bill at The Thirsty Korean on August 20th.
In June 2023, the Government announced that they would be doing a U-turn on their back-of-house drugs testing policy just 48 hours before the beginning of Parklife weekend.
Sacha requested an extension of the four week notice period given to vendors ahead of the venue’s closure at the end of September 2023.