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MANCHESTER ACADEMY MEMORIES: CONCERTS & CLUB LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER 1963-2016

Manchester District Music Archive is proud to launch a new digital exhibition created in partnership with the University of Manchester Students' Union.

The exhibition, Manchester Academy Memories, documents the history of concerts and club life at the Students' Union from 1963 to the present day and has been curated by Abigail Ward (MDMA) and DJ Rod Connolly.

It features 435 digitised artefacts relating to artists such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, The Slits, Daft Punk, Björk, Nirvana, The Kinks, Adele, Prince and Led Zeppelin. Many of these items, which include tickets, photos, press articles and videos, have been uploaded to our archive by the general public.

But it's not just about the huge names that have passed through the University venues. This projects explores the social and political histories that are inextricably linked to the music. These are particularly evident in the cuttings that are included from student newspapers The Manchester Independent and the Mancunion from 1963 onwards. 

Fascinating stories include that of The Squat - a groundbreaking 'art lab'-cum-music venue held in the building of the University's former music college on Devas Street, in which The Fall, Warsaw (Joy Division) and Rock Against Racism staged early gigs. The Squat, as the name implies, was born out of a student occupation in the early seventies. 

The exhibition also attempts to highlight the more recent cultural legacy of the Manchester Academy venues, which are run as an independent social enterprise to generate funds for the Students' Union. Fittingly, the first gig at Academy 1 in 1990 was by Manchester punk icons Buzzcocks.

The project captures many great stories from true music fans: in 1968 a young audience member is gifted a harmonica by Captain Beefheart in the Main Debating Hall. In 1994 Jeff Buckley signs a copy of his Grace LP with an eerily prescient message. In 1995 a sixteen-year-old Julian Cope fan gets a full snog with tongues from her hero in the Academy!

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing some of our favourite stories from the exhibition through social media. Get involved!

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This project would not have been possible without our team of volunteers: Sarah Feinstein, Jane Donaldson, Joe Watson, Emma Gibbs and Dave Rofe.

Special thanks to: Ashley Kennerley, Ben Ward, James Peters, Sean Morgan, Eira Guest, Lou Elliott, CP Lee, Emma Gibbs, Rae Donaldson, Melanie Mudkiss, Steve Manford and all of our contributors.


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MANCHESTER ACADEMY MEMORIES: CONCERTS & CLUB LIFE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MANCHESTER 1963-2016 BY Abigail

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

3rd December 1976POSTER
Palace Theatre – OT
3rd December 1976PRESS ARTICLE
The Brownsville Jug Band / Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – shivadescending
3rd December 1978TICKET
King's Hall (Belle Vue) – pjh
3rd December 1978PRESS ARTICLE
Fast Cars / The Venue Whitworth Street – fast cars
3rd December 1980ADVERT
Manchester Polytechnic Cavendish House – jsz
3rd December 1984FLYER
Colin Curtis / Berlin – Tony/Longfella
3rd December 1985TICKET
New Order / The Hacienda – jsz
3rd December 1985FLYER
Jazz Defektors, New Order, Mike Shaft, Chad Jackson, Esposito, Steve Walsh / The Hacienda – dubwise-er
3rd December 1986FLYER
Jazz Defektors / International 2 – dubwise-er
3rd December 1987FLYER
International 2 – dubwise-er
3rd December 1994TICKET
Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – rs129
3rd December 1997BACKSTAGE PASS
Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – MissEmmaGibbs
3rd December 1999FLYER
Toolshed / Contact Theatre – doodlebug nuggets
3rd December 1999FLYER
Toolshed / Contact Theatre – doodlebug nuggets
3rd December 1999PRESS ARTICLE
Alpinestars, Philippa Jarman, Kath McDermott, Marc Rowlands, Mr (Mogsy) Morgan – Bigmouth
3rd December 1999FLYER
Toolshed, Seaming, Graham Massey, James Ford, Paddy Steer / Contact Theatre – doodlebug nuggets
3rd December 2004PRESS ARTICLE
Band On The Wall – mat
3rd December 2004FLYER
Extinction Of Mankind, Burn All Flags / The Beerhouse – storminateacup
3rd December 2005POSTER
Mike Pickering, Jon Dasilva, Graeme Park / Academy 1 (Manchester Academy) – 1963
3rd December 2006FLYER
Michael Holland / Common – Keswicklemon
3rd December 2006POSTER
Michael Holland / Common – Keswicklemon
3rd December 2012TICKET
The Apollo – Stephen Bailey
3rd December 2012PHOTOGRAPH
The Apollo – Stephen Bailey
3rd December 2016FLYER
Scissorgun – dave


EXHIBITIONS

City Fun - The Hidden History of Manchester's Post-Punk Fanzines
Moss Side Stories - the Hidden History of Moss Side and Hulme Club Culture
Queer Noise - The Hidden History of Manchester's Gay Music Culture
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ALL ARTEFACTS (14859)
ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
TICKET, 2009

ABIGAIL
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
THE PASSAGE, GRAEME PARK
PRESS ARTICLE, 1981

MIKE
BIG FLAME, THE BODINES, THE CREEPERS, DISLOCATION DANCE, INCA BABIES, MAN FROM DELMONTE, TOO MUCH TEXAS, TOOLS YOU CAN TRUST, IGNITION, POORS OF REIGN, DAVE HASLAM, DAVE ROFE, LITTLE MARTIN, RAM RAM KINO, THE RISK (2), NEW MORNING, SCARLET TOWN, DANCE LIKE THIS, THE MIGHTY FINE
THE BOARDWALK
ADVERT, 1986

ABIGAIL
NUMBER 1 CLUB
FLYER, 1990

ABIGAIL
MUSIC EXCHANGE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2011

OT
BITING TONGUES, JOHN COOPER CLARKE, NICO
LIBRARY THEATRE
PRESS ARTICLE, 1983

GRAHAM
ACCIDENT ON THE EAST LANCS, THE DURUTTI COLUMN, THE FALL, DANNY AND THE DRESSMAKERS, EMERGENCY (1)
DEEPLY VALE (FESTIVAL)
PROMOTIONAL ITEM, 1978

1963
HARDROCK CONCERT THEATRE
ADVERT, 1974

1963
INSPIRAL CARPETS
INTERNATIONAL 1
VIDEO, 1988

MIKE
THE BRITON'S PROTECTION
FLYER, 1996

MIKE
DAVE BOOTH
KONSPIRACY
FLYER, 1989

ABIGAIL
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