Joy Division and New Order bass player, Peter Hook, was meant to have a cameo role in the film, playing a man who crashes his car after being hit by poisoned pigeons. Unfortunately, on the morning of the shoot, the film makers realized that they had no insurance for "real" musicians.
The original Hacienda club was demolished in Autumn 2000, three years after its closure; so, based mainly on people's memory, a replica was built in a disused warehouse. Many of the accessories from the club were bought at auction when the club was closed and are used in the movie. The Hacienda has since been replaced by luxury apartments, also called Hacienda.
In an interview with Q magazine in the April 2003 issue, a reader asked Mick Hucknall his view to the comment about the insult on him at the end. Hucknall retorted that "Steve Coogan plays 'Alan Partridge' well because he is Alan Partridge in real life".
The opening scene, in which Tony Wilson (played by Steve Coogan) goes hang-gliding for an item on his regional Granada news program, really happened. Furthermore, original Granada footage, showing the real Tony Wilson in some distress, has been spliced into this scene.
In the scene at the Factory Records office, where the owners of London Records have arrived to discuss potentially funding the Happy Mondays studio time for their new album, the instrumental demo of the new album is played on the stereo. One of the members of the Happy Mondays is heard to say "I like that, turn it up". This phrase is included as a sample at the beginning of the Happy Mondays song "Mad Cyril" track 3 on the Happy Mondays second album, "Bummed"
Footage was shot featuring the Stone Roses as characters, but this was never used. Guitarist John Squire claims the filmmakers 'sent me a release form so I could authorise my scenes, but I didn't bother. Which is probably why we didn't appear in it at all.'
The exterior Hacienda scenes were faithfully shot at the correct location, i.e. the corner of Whitworth Street West and Albion Street in central Manchester. The Happy Mondays' video shoot scene with the children was shot at The Ritz, another nightclub on Whitworth Street West. The interior scenes for the Factory nights in the first half of the film were shot at Jilly's (formerly Rockworld), a nightclub around the corner on Oxford Road.
1500 revellers returned to the Hacienda to help film the penultimate scenes of the movie. Original Hacienda DJ's Dave Haslam and Mike Pickering were brought in once again to mix the decks. Bernard Sumner and Peter Hook joined Mark 'Bez' Berry and a host of original regular Hacienda-goers who danced the night away into the early hours.
The Happy Mondays leave the meeting with London Records saying they are "going for a Kentucky Fried Chicken". The real-life Happy Mondays would use this exact phrase as a pretext for leaving the recording studio to take drugs.