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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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

27th September 1960PROGRAMME
Free Trade Hall – dave
27th September 1980PRESS ARTICLE
Kraken – shivadescending
27th September 1980PRESS ARTICLE
Ian Lawson – shivadescending
27th September 1981FLYER
Wigan Pier – mat
27th September 1982FLYER
Yukiotani / Dancing Weazel The – dubwise-er
27th September 1985FLYER
International 1 – dubwise-er
27th September 1988TICKET
Yargo / The Ritz – jsz
27th September 1988TICKET
Yargo / The Ritz – John Ellis
27th September 1995ARTWORK
CP Lee / The Hacienda – cpl
27th September 1996FLYER
Chloe Poems, Philippa Jarman, Kath McDermott, The Divine David, Olly File, Martin Watkins, Twinkle / The Village Edge – Bigmouth
27th September 2001POSTER
Five Years Later, Extinguish Her / Umist (Barnes Wallis Building) – CharlieB
27th September 2011POSTER
Gnod / Soup Kitchen – Keswicklemon
27th September 2013FLYER
The Star And Garter – Joe.Watson
27th September 2014PHOTOGRAPH
The Fall / Lower Kersal Social Club – 1963
27th September 2014TICKET
The Fall / Lower Kersal Social Club – WithyBlue


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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