The meaning behind the city’s infamous nickname.


‘Madchester’ was born from the music and culture that the late 80s in Manchester would behold. It represented the ambience of the time in the city, where it ruled the roost of the music scene and the general mood of the people. The anarchic Punk had been and gone, the Smiths had set the scene and now was a time for dancing, acid house and rave music.




Manchester in the early 80s was mainly dominated by the likes of The Smiths, New Order and The Fall. It would be these heavy weights of the British music scene that would pave the way for the birth of what music journalists would later dub, ‘Madchester.’ So as the likes of Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses came on the scene, ‘Madchester’ was ready and waiting for its debut.



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