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
UK registered charity no. 1164179

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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USER EXHIBITION
QUEER NOISE BY Abigail

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

25th September 1977TICKET
The Apollo – kifs
25th September 1980PHOTOGRAPH
Fast Cars / Rafters – fast cars
25th September 1983ADVERT
Absent Friends / The 3 Shires – Phil B
25th September 1987TICKET
The Apollo – fusered
25th September 1988ADVERT
Lemn Sissay / The Royal Exchange – Dale Jowett
25th September 1996PRESS ARTICLE
Hoop La Baby, Crocodile – jo
25th September 1997TICKET
Oasis – Robin
25th September 2000FLYER
Badly Drawn Boy, Andy Votel, Alfie / Cine City, Withington – pure_shaw
25th September 2006FLYER
City Of Manchester Stadium – mat
25th September 2006POSTER
Badly Drawn Boy, Sirconical, Andy Votel, Alfie, Dakota Oak Trio / Cine City, Withington – pure_shaw
25th September 2008VIDEO
The 66 – the66
25th September 2010POSTER
James 'Boggy' Holroyd, Alvin T. Thwomp, Ruf Dug, Wayward Craig, Kickin' Pigeon, Ste Spandex / The Crown – Abigail
25th September 2013ARTWORK
Ravens – CharlieB
25th September 2013ARTWORK
Ill – CharlieB
25th September 2014FLYER
Sound Control – Joe.Watson
25th September 2015PHOTOGRAPH
Liam Mcclair / Gullivers – MissEmmaGibbs
25th September 2015PHOTOGRAPH
Robbie Cavanagh / Gullivers – MissEmmaGibbs
25th September 2015PHOTOGRAPH
Jonny Woodhead / Gullivers – MissEmmaGibbs


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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ACADEMY 1 (MANCHESTER ACADEMY)
AUDIO, 1991

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1978

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1981

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1979

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1981

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THE FRESHIES
SOLEM BAR (ACADEMY 3/HOP & GRAPE)
ADVERT, 1981

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THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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BUZZCOCKS
THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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ACADEMY 1 (MANCHESTER ACADEMY)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
PRESS ARTICLE, 1980

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1981

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1981

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1981

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THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
ADVERT, 1981

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TERRY CHRISTIAN
THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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DAVE BOOTH, D.J. AUSS
THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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THE ACADEMY ('CAD'), SALFORD
PRESS ARTICLE, 1990

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ACADEMY 2 (MAIN DEBATING HALL)
ADVERT, 1976

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X-O-DUS/EXODUS, THE REDUCERS, THE LONGSIGHT CLEARANCE
PRESS ARTICLE, 1977

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