What do the Bee Gees, New Order, Oasis, Herman’s Hermits, The Chemical Brothers and The Stone Roses have in common? All of these artists hail from the fertile music scene of Manchester, England.
Drawing from the city’s industrial and blue-collar past, artists from Manchester possess the ability to write songs and create music that reflects the public attitude of that time. Bands are in touch with their audience due in part to Manchester’s thriving club scene where artists have a chance to develop and are nurtured through local support.
Manchester is often overlooked by a certain city to the West where four mop-topped Brits skyrocketed to everlasting fame. During your visit to England, make sure you stop by the following spots in Manchester that put the city’s mad music scene on the map.
1. The Hacienda
Even though the club itself has been replaced by flats bearing its name, it’s still worth the walk to visit the old site of The Hacienda. If you are a fan of electronic or house music, come pay tribute to the club that “Madchester” built.
The Hacienda dance club was the birth of DJ-based club music, building a healthy following in from the early 80s until its closure in 1997. If you enjoy going to a club and dancing to a DJ’s playlist, you can thank The Hacienda for cultivating this scene. It also housed legendary shows by Manchester-based bands such as The Smiths and New Order, as well as Madonna’s first U.K. appearance.
Looking for artifacts from this electric time period in Manchester’s music past? Head to the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry for some first-hand evidence from the golden age of house music.