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

We are a not-for-profit organisation run by volunteers.

Est. 2003

Hear my voice in your head and think of me kindly

Manchester District Music Archive & Louder Than Words present:
'Hear my voice in your head and think of me kindly' - a panel discussion celebrating Greater Manchester song lyricism, past and present.

Sunday 16 November 16:15
Palace Hotel, Oxford Street, M60 7HA, Manchester, United Kingdom

Buy tickets here  


Guy Garvey (Elbow, BBC 6 Music)
Jaheda Choudhury-Potter (Ajah UK)
Jon Higgs (Everything Everything)

Hosted by Abigail Ward

In the run-up to the festival we will be compiling a chart of the best of our city's wordsmithery, as chosen by you.

We've put together a little survey here, which will take 2 minutes to fill in:

So, get thinking, and remember:

1. Keep it Manchester
2. Restrict yourself to 1-4 consecutive lines per song
3. It's only a bit of fun


GHAST UP BY Martin Ryan



24th September 1977TICKET
The YMCA – mat
24th September 1985TICKET
Easterhouse, The Smiths – Debbie
24th September 1986FLYER
The Hacienda – dubwise-er
24th September 1988ADVERT
T Dynamix, The Little Big Band / Albert Square – Dale Jowett
24th September 1999TICKET
Manchester University – rs129
24th September 2000FLYER
Toolshed, Homelife / Contact Theatre – graham
24th September 2004FLYER
Born Idle / The Retro Bar – foz
24th September 2004PHOTOGRAPH
Born Idle / The Retro Bar – foz


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