It is an Undisputed Rule of the Internet that good things occasionally find their way to the front page of Reddit. Such was the case with the Manchester Music Map, a website that revels in the city’s musical history, dwelling on the details for those of us who use liner notes and record sleeves instead of therapy.
Searching the map by artist or venue reveals a treasure trove of music nerd ephemera, with videos of live performances from the huge range of venues and artists who have helped make Manchester’s thriving musical culture what it is.
From the legendary Sex Pistols gig that kicked off Joy Division and Factory Records to Morrissey and The Smiths to the birth of rave culture and the ‘Madchester’ scene, to the indie swagger of the Stone Roses and Oasis: it all happened here, in the pubs, clubs, streets and houses of Manchester. Many of these places have changed or been redeveloped, and the characters involved have moved on to international fame but the music remains a huge part of this city, its people and the world.”
Picking Joy Division at the The Electric Circus will unearth the following precious jewels:
The Electric Circus became Manchester’s premier punk music venue despite the locals often attacking punks making their way home after (or before) gigs. Warsaw (later Joy Division) debuted here and it was one of the very few places that managed to hold one of the Sex Pistols ‘Anarchy’ tour dates with the full line up (the Pistols only actually played six of the scheduled twenty-eight dates). The club was shut down due to it’s rather ‘ramshackle’ state. Three houses now stand on the site.”
With too many artists and bands to list here, whether you have fond memories of the Happy Mondays or acid flashbacks to the halcyon days of the Hacienda, you’ll find something to suit your nerdy needs.
Check out the video for a quick look at how Manchester music makes waves all over the world.
Source: Manchester Music Map