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New MDMA website launches in BETA

New MDMA website launches in BETA

(Northern Soul badge, the Ritz, 1976. Credit: Jan Decca)

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new device responsive website in BETA.

You can now upload images and browse our archive intuitively from your smart phone or tablet.

As with all of our work, we have designed our new site with input and advice from our online community. Now we are hoping you will help us test it across a range of browsers and devices. As with all new websites, we are expecting a few teething problems and bugs in the early stage. Please do get in touch with us at if you encounter any problems. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we have enjoyed building it!

The site has been designed by Abigail Ward (MDMA), Ashley Kennerley (Go Bang! Design) and Paul Hemmingfield (Pin Studio) and is part of the #RebelMusicMcr project.

Made possible by our funders Heritage Lottery Fund.


In other news, our Queer Noise mini-exhibition is now open at People's History Museum. The free launch party for the show is on Thur July 13th. Details are below:

Queer Noise Launch Night
People's History Museum
Left Bank
M3 3ER
Thursday, 13 July 2017 18:00 to 20:00 
Book your FREE place

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.