Manchester District Music Archive
is a user-led online archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

We are a registered charity run by volunteers.

Est. 2003

WANTED: YOUR MANCHESTER ACADEMY MEMORIES

Manchester District Music Archive & University of Manchester Students' Union are teaming up to celebrate 25 glorious years of gigs at Manchester Academy 1.

Together we are building an interactive online exhibition of images and stories, which will document the incredible history of all four Academy venues, from 1963 to the present day.

We'll also be exploring the cultural legacy of the organisation as a registered charity and independent social enterprise.

But we can’t do it without your help. We want you to upload your photos, ticket stubs, nicked set lists, autographs, videos, flyers and posters to MDMarchive, but above all we want your stories.

What was your favourite ever gig or club night at an Academy venue? Who was the most magnetic performer you've seen? Did you meet the love of your life at an Academy gig? We want to know about friendships forged, front row feats, spilled pints, lost keys. 

We're talking: Jimi Hendrix, PJ Harvey, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, The Cramps, Stevie Wonder, The Slits, Pink Floyd, Linton Kwesi Johnson, The Wailers, Kylie, Daft Punk, N*E*R*D, The Zombies, Magazine, Nirvana, Prince, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Sandy Denny, The Au Pairs, T-Rex, The Stone Roses, Captain Beefheart, Gil Scott Heron, The Pretenders, Jeff Buckley, Roisin Murphy and Humphrey Lyttleton, who kicked things off in 1963. And that's barely getting started.

You can upload an image and a story to our archive right now, by registering here, or just get in touch with exhibition curator Abigail Ward at: info@mdmarchive.co.uk

Get help uploading here.

If you don't have any images to contribute, don't worry, you can just share your memories in an email or interview.


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LICKTRONICA : A DESIGN AESTHETIC AND AN ELECTRONIC MUSIC NIGHT BY Keswicklemon

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

1st July 1979ARTWORK
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st July 1979PRESS ARTICLE
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st July 1985FLYER
John Cooper Clarke, Norman Beaker / Band On The Wall – dubwise-er
1st July 1987FLYER
Harlem Spirit, John Cooper Clarke, Foot Patrol / Band On The Wall – dubwise-er
1st July 1989ADVERT
Lemn Sissay / Platt Fields (Festival) – Dale Jowett
1st July 1993OTHER
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st July 1993PHOTOGRAPH
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st July 1995RECORD / CD
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st July 2002PHOTOGRAPH
Silverstones / Palace Nightclub – transmission
1st July 2006PHOTOGRAPH
Toolshed, Graham Massey – mark leary
1st July 2006FLYER
Michael Holland / Common – Keswicklemon
1st July 2014RECORD / CD
Stackwaddy – ozit


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ST LUCIFER, MARK CORRIN
SOUNDWAVES HERE WE COME
POSTER, 2015

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MARK CORRIN, REIGNS OF MONTY CARLO, LUCIFER X
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

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SOME KIND OF ILLNESS, GWEN OSMOND
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

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O>L>A, BLACK HELICOPTERS
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

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FUR, ROSE AND THE DIAMOND HAND, I AM YOUR AUTOPILOT, GWEN OSMOND
FUEL CAFE
POSTER, 2016

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THE BOARDWALK
PHOTOGRAPH, 1988

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DAVE HASLAM
EASTERN BLOC
FANZINE, 1987

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DAVE HASLAM
FANZINE, 1987

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ST LUCIFER
GULLIVERS
POSTER, 2015

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POPPYCOCK, ROSE AND THE DIAMOND HAND
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

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TEN MOUTH ELECTRON, FACTORY ACTS, PATCHWORK RATTLEBAG
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

CHARLIEB
ST LUCIFER, GIANT PLANETS
THIRSTY SCHOLAR
POSTER, 2016

CHARLIEB
ST LUCIFER
SOUNDWAVES HERE WE COME
RECORD / CD, 2015

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DARK FIDELITY HI FI, ST LUCIFER, MARK CORRIN, DEMUR
FUEL CAFE
POSTER, 2015

CHARLIEB
DAVE HASLAM
FANZINE, 1987

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DAVE HASLAM
FANZINE, 1987

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DAVE HASLAM
FANZINE, 1987

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