Manchester Digital Music Archive
is a user-led online archive established to celebrate Greater Manchester music and its social history.

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Queer Noise: The History of LGBT+ Music & Club Culture in Manchester

(Flyer for Attitude at the Academy, 1990 Design: Homocult)

Queer Noise Launch Night
People's History Museum
Left Bank
Manchester
M3 3ER
Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:00 to 20:00 
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Join Manchester Digital Music Archive for the launch of our small but perfectly formed Queer Noise community exhibition at the People's History Museum. Curator Abigail Ward will be in conversation with Rod Connolly and Zoë McVeigh (LIINES) – the DJ/promoter team behind Bollox Club - one of Manchester’s best-loved alt-queer hangouts. 

Abigail will also deliver a lively visual presentation celebrating highlights from the history of queer music and club life in Greater Manchester. Material includes rarely seen photos, flyers, posters and videos from the 1950s to today.

In the foyer DJ Kath McDermott will play classic tracks from legendary queer nights Flesh at the Haçienda 1991-1996 and Homo Electric (1998-2002).

Performance artist Grace Oni Smith will be doing a 10-min projection-based  ‘Welcome’ performance in response to the DJ set.

Fairtrade drinks provided by the Co-op.

Queer Noise tells the story of how proudly queer musicians and clubbers in Greater Manchester helped to redefine attitudes towards sexuality across the city and beyond.  The exhibition is on display at PHM from July 1st until September 10th and is based on the digital project of the same name.

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ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY

24th June 1978PRESS ARTICLE
Joy Division – shivadescending
24th June 1978PRESS ARTICLE
10cc / The Apollo – shivadescending
24th June 1980ORIGINAL ARTWORK
Manicured Noise – JK1
24th June 1981FLYER
Harlem Spirit / Mayflower Club – dubwise-er
24th June 1983PHOTOGRAPH
Gay Animals / The Buzz Club – PrattyDread
24th June 1987FLYER
The Tropicana – dubwise-er
24th June 1988FLYER
Darling Buds, George Borowski, Gone To Earth, The Creature Comfort / International 1 – dubwise-er
24th June 1988FLYER
Bounce The Mouse, The Waltones / International 1 – B.M.
24th June 1989TICKET
Bradford / The Gallery – WithyBlue
24th June 1993FLYER
The Star And Garter – Tony/Longfella
24th June 2004TICKET
Academy 2 (Main Debating Hall) – John Ellis
24th June 2005TICKET
New Order – oldmonkey
24th June 2005FLYER
Biting Tongues, Toolshed, Homelife / Green Room – graham
24th June 2007PHOTOGRAPH
Hamilton's, Sedgley Park – Big Block 454
24th June 2007PHOTOGRAPH
The Wilton, Prestwich – Big Block 454
24th June 2008ORIGINAL ARTWORK
Caro Snatch – CharlieB
24th June 2011VIDEO
Longfella aka Tony Walsh – Abigail
24th June 2017POSTER
Graeme Park / The Hacienda – 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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GRAEME PARK
THE HACIENDA
POSTER, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
HEWAN CLARKE
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

ABIGAIL
ANDY HARRIS
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
HEWAN CLARKE, KATH MCDERMOTT, RUSS, ANIFF AKINOLA
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
HEWAN CLARKE
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
ANIFF AKINOLA
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
JENNIFER REID
OTHER, 2016

ABIGAIL
ROB FLETCHER
THE NEW ARDRI
FLYER, 1994

ROB FLETCHER
JUSTIN ROBERTSON, ROB FLETCHER
THE NEW ARDRI
FLYER, 1994

ROB FLETCHER
MANCHESTER POLYTECHNIC CAVENDISH HOUSE
POSTER, 1971

ABIGAIL
ROYAL NORTHERN COLLEGE OF MUSIC (RNCM)
PHOTOGRAPH, 1900

RNCMARCHIVES
DANIEL WEAVER
BAND ON THE WALL
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
ABIGAIL WARD (DJ)
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
HEWAN CLARKE, KATH MCDERMOTT, RUSS, ANIFF AKINOLA
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
KATH MCDERMOTT
CORNERHOUSE
PHOTOGRAPH, 2017

MISSEMMAGIBBS
ROB FLETCHER
THE NEW ARDRI
TICKET, 1994

ROB FLETCHER
JUSTIN ROBERTSON, ROB FLETCHER
THE NEW ARDRI
TICKET, 1994

ROB FLETCHER
ROB FLETCHER
THE NEW ARDRI
PRESS ARTICLE, 1994

ROB FLETCHER
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