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

BOB DYLAN 'Judas' 50th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT Tickets now on sale

Electric 50 - Bob Dylan at the Free Trade Hall
50 Year Judas Redux

A FUNDRAISER FOR MANCHESTER DISTRICT MUSIC ARCHIVE

Tuesday 17th May 2016

Academy 3 (The Hop & Grape)
University Of Manchester Students' Union
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9PR

Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £10 + booking fee

BUY TICKETS HERE

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s incendiary ‘Judas’ gig at Manchester Free Trade Hall - a gig that has has been hailed as one of the twenty most important moments in rock history, the electrifying night the young American poet clashed head on with the traditionalist die-hards of the folk scene.

Manchester District Music Archive is celebrating this outstanding event with a fundraising concert of our own.

The evening will see Dylan’s set list from that night performed by a collection of Manchester’s finest musicians, with each group or performer playing one song from the original 1966 concert.

For more info, including our stellar line up, click here.

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The Rise, the Fall and the Rise
Friday May 13th, 2016
The Ruby Lounge 7pm

To celebrate the release of her riotous autobiography, ‘The Rise, The Fall and The Rise‘ ex-Fall guitarist songwriter Brix Smith-Start will be in conversation with writer/curator Abigail Ward (Manchester District Music Archive) at The Ruby Lounge on Friday May 13th.

The interview will be followed by a full show from Brix & The Extricated, featuring Paul and Steve Hanley (‘The greatest rhythm section in rock n roll’ – Luke Haines).

Tickets available here.

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Activist / Archivist

A Show & Tell Event
Saturday 4th June 2016

People’s History Museum
Left Bank
Spinningfields
Manchester
M3 3ER
United Kingdom

FREE - no booking required

12.00pm – 2.00pm: Scanning Room / 3.00pm – 5.00pm: Show and Tell

Archives are closely linked with how we understand history and can be a site for resistance and celebration in challenging how history is defined. This event will explore some of Manchester’s less visible musical histories whilst opening up access to rare and fascinating material, including objects from the People’s History Museum’s own archive. It will reveal how music and politics are inextricably linked in our city’s history.

Activist  / Archivist will bring together a diverse group of speakers who have helped to shape the landscape of Manchester music. Each guest will present an object that is important to them (such as a photo, flyer, record, instrument or autograph) and tell its story. These items will then be scanned or photographed and uploaded to MDMarchive’s online archive. Bring along prized items from your own collection and learn how to archive your music heritage online.

For more info click here.

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More dates for your diary

For a full programme of our spring and summer events click here.

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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.

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 memories.

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? Have you promoted a night yourself at an Academy venue? We want to know about friendships forged, front row feats, spilled pints, lost keys and all those life-changing musical memories.

For more info click here.

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Gags, Norman Beaker, The Victor Brox Blues Train, Clive Gregson / Band On The Wall – dubwise-er
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1st May 1988FLYER
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1st May 1990TICKET
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1st May 1992OTHER
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st May 1993PRESS ARTICLE
Puressence / Packhorse – shivadescending
1st May 1994FLYER
Witchwood – rs129
1st May 1994RECORD / CD
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st May 1994FANZINE
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st May 1994FLYER
The Fall – WithyBlue
1st May 1996FLYER
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1st May 2005PHOTOGRAPH
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