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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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

26th July 1984FLYER
Sword Of Jah Mouth, Killa.man.tarus / Alexandra Park (Festival) – dubwise-er
26th July 1984FLYER
Big Flame, Suns Of Arqa, Tarzanz Milkmen, Passion Day, The Liggers, Johnny Angel Band – SkyLark
26th July 1991ADVERT
Mock Turtles / Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – Dale Jowett
26th July 1994OTHER
The Fall – WithyBlue
26th July 1995TICKET
Black Grape / Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – John Ellis
26th July 2004ARTWORK
Lynskey – CharlieB
26th July 2014POSTER
Dr Butler's Hatstand Medicine Band / 3 Minute Theatre –


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