Madchester is a musical and cultural scene that developed in the English city of Manchester in the late 1980s. It saw artists merging alternative rock with elements of acid house, rave music, psychedelia and 1960s pop.


Our name is a signifier that triggers instant recognition worldwide with anyone interested in youth culture. When the scene's musical figureheads - The Stone Roses – reformed in 2012, all 150,000 tickets for their initial two homecoming dates sold out in a record 14 minutes. Other leading Madchester bands, Happy Mondays, and New Order, continue to tour and draw plaudits, their music still relevant, themselves and the era the subject of books, documentaries, feature films and endless articles.