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 exploring the art of song lyricism, Manchester-style.

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 (MDMArchive)

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 October 1976TICKET
King's Hall (Belle Vue) – kifs
24th October 1977TICKET
Champness Hall – Robin
24th October 1978POSTER
Fast Cars, Not Sensibles, Manchester Musicians Collective / Band On The Wall – fast cars
24th October 1979BADGE
Buzzcocks – thebook
24th October 1980POSTER
A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Section 25 – shivadescending
24th October 1980TICKET
Corridor One – PickItUp
24th October 1984FLYER
Jazz Defektors, Colin Curtis / The Tropicana – dubwise-er
24th October 1989ADVERT
The Apollo – Dale Jowett
24th October 1990FLYER
Mock Turtles, The Charlatans, Northside / Academy 1 – dubwise-er
24th October 2008PROMOTIONAL ITEM
Salford Museum & Art Gallery – foz
24th October 2008BACKSTAGE PASS
Salford Museum & Art Gallery – foz


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