At Salford Quay’s Lowry Building, a history-rich selection of live theatre, specially-curated events and exclusive exhibitions, together accumulate into a thriving hub of interest for all ages. One of the place’s most attractive offerings as of late was their showcase of Manchester music through the ages, entitled ‘Defining Me’.
Rather than taking the lacklustre route of singling out the ‘MADchester’ era as a focal point, the events curators’ decided to take a chronological look ranging across retrospective memoribillia, to physical releases and art works of the new millennium. LL Cool J vintage ticket stubs from his gig at Ardwick Green’s Apollo? Retro Sankeys promotional screen prints, so envy-worthy of your attendance, you become transfixed? What about the eye-burning neon Buzzcocks signage, you can’t help but want to frame and hang in your house? It’s all here presented in beautiful format by the talent of the Manchester District Music Archive, of whom through their user-led online community, also sourced exhibition contributors to offer personal archives of what the city gave them, musically.
Taking no favouritism to a specific era nor genre, the exhibition fizzed with twists and turns of favourite labels, recognisable figureheads and diamond factors found within Manchester’s world-renowned divisions. Multi-platforms methods had also been enlisted throughout, as the chance to listen to a specially tailored soundtrack whilst browsing the Manchester District Music Archive live, surrounded by Kevin Cummins original photography, really was excitingly submerging.
With the aforementioned artist also hosting a panel discussion and film night screening of ‘Noise Annoys’, a documentary defining early punk across Manchester, as a spin-off event at Kraak Gallery on January 10th, there is a need to dive even deeper into this rawkus trip down memory lane. Scroll down for more images and information links below.
Words and Images by Leah Connolly.