Thanks for joining Histonauts 3: The Manchester Music Edition! Grab some
gladioli, pull on your baggies and let’s get our Mancunian swagger on...
Noun: An explorer of history
Histonauts 3 is a digital scavenger hunt with several goals:
- To celebrate
Greater Manchester’s rich music heritage and share it with the world.
- To find
and commemorate forgotten or lost places associated with Greater
Manchester’s music culture.
- To add
new information and stories to Manchester Music Map.
share our memories and personal connections to music.
- To have
fun, get creative and win! win!WIN!
How To Play...
- Take a look at the Task List.
- Choose your tasks.
- Send your entries to @McrMusicMap on Twitter or McrMusicMap@gmail.com
- Every Task has a hashtag. You
must include this in your tweet! Or you won’t get your points!
- Points mean pride and pride means bragging rights!
- Entries will be shared, points will be given and the histonaut with the
most points at 23.59hrs on Sunday 30th March will be named the supreme overlord and win £50 of vouchers from courtesy
of the lovely folk at Piccadilly
- Entries WILL be shared over social media. It’s one of the aims of the
game. If you don’t want anyone seeing that photo of you c.1983 in double
denim with a mullet choose something else!
- If you email your entries in,
@McrMusicMap will tweet your entries for you. You will still get the
points and the fame.
- If you’re sending something
from another website please only
send links! The internet is a wondrous thing, let’s be respectful to
the amazing archives, organisations and individuals who curated and
created this before us.
- All video entries should be
uploaded to YouTube.
Youtube is also a great resource for music tracks and videos! Photos can
often be found on Flickr.
- Try your best to find exact
locations and addresses! It’s important for when we map the information
you’ve gathered at a later date.
- Be respectful to eachother!
We may be in competition but we’re all Histonauts – help eachother, find
eachother, support eachother, tweet eachother... and then go for the
- Check other
entries and the leader board at /
Will you be top?
- Histonaut 0.3 is your contact. If you have any questions,
queries, concerns or suggestions tweet @McrMusicMap or email email@example.com
- There may be extra tasks tweeted or
emailed out over the next 10 days so keep your eye on @McrMusicMap and
Now, go forth
Histonauts and remember ‘This is Manchester... we do things differently here’
Manchester Music Map: Youtube is
a treasure trove of Manchester music memories old and new! Find us live
footage, audio, short docs and other videos associated with Manchester music
on Youtube and send the links!
50 points each
Picture a vicar
in a tutu outside Holy Name church (must be a verifiable man-of-the-cloth and
a regulation ballet tutu) Capture this wondrous moment and Tweet or email it
to us!! BIG POINTS!
local Greater Manchester record store? Or one you remember from your youth?
Send us the address and a picture of a new purchase for extra points!
100 points +100 for each purchase
best Manchester music charity find? Where did you get it and how much of a
bargain was it?
great, aren’t they? Show your love by digging out your mum’s flyer from The
Electric Circus or the ticket stubs from that Everything Everything gig and
uploading it to they’re amazing archive. Tell them (@MDMArchive) and us to claim your points!
What’s the best
gig you’ve been to in Greater Manchester? Tell us the story on email or TwitLonger
Photos? Videos? Send us those too!
Manchester in song:
Send us the song, tweet the lyric, give us the location and (if possible) a
photo of the place.
biggest band you’ve seen in a small Greater Manchester venue? Video? Photos? Send
us your story and links on email or TwitLonger
inner Stephen Wright or Kevin Cummins: Recreate an iconic photo of Manchester
music and let us know the location of the original (drawings, dress-up,
parodies welcome!) Send us a link to the original and your recreation
10. God: "It's a pity you didn't sign the Smiths, but you
were right about Mick Hucknell. His music's rubbish, and he's a ginger."
Recreate a 24 Hour Party People scene
- PG only! (animation accepted) Upload
to YouTube and send us the link! BIG POINTS!
Who lent you
Unknown Pleasures and you never gave it back? Did your music teacher get you
to sing Dirty Old Town? Where did this momentous event take place? Send us
your story and a photo!
12. Band selfie:
Did you ever meet your heroes? Send us that moment, photo or story
‘I’m in the
band’: Were or are you in a Greater Manchester band? Where was your best gig?
Send us your story!
14. ‘...tonight something equally epoch-making is taking
place. See? They're applauding the DJ.’
Send us your story of your best clubnight (keep it
15. ‘I went to
school with them!’ Did you know Steven or Ian or a Gallagher? Or did you go
to the same school? Send us a photo!
16. ‘I was there!’ Did
you or your granny go scream at The Beatles when they played the Apollo? Was
your dad at one of the Sex Pistols gigs? Were you (or someone you know) at a
legendary Manchester gig? Send us the story!
17. Best new band:
Who’s rocking your socks? Where did you see them?
18. Cool kids
special: It happened here! Find a landmarks in Manchester’s music history and
ask a small person to design a plaque to commemorate the event! Send us a
photo of the young person’s work!!
250 for under 16s
500 for under 10s
19. Make a
pilgrimage to Salford Lads Club, take a picture a-la those Smiths boys and tweet it to them and us!
someone brave to shout ‘JUDAS!’ a-la that one guy at the Bob Dylan concert in a crowded area – film it and be sure to capture reactions
21. Ghost venues:
Has your old gig spot been torn down? Tell us where it was or choose one from
fantastic list to locate. Send us the link!
200 points each
22. What’s the best
Greater Manchester venue and why? Add them in your tweet to us!
23. Find a photo of
your favourite band in Manchester on Flicker.
Where are they? Tweet links to the photo and the location.
is a thing of beauty! Try not to get distracted, pin a photo of your (or
someone you know) Greater Manchester music memory and send us the link!
25. Get out into Manchester Histories Festival’s
music events! Check the site, go to events, selfie to us and them
100 points each
26. Brighter Sound nurture new music talent and their Sing City group will be
performing Manchester Ballad inspired songs at this
Manchester Histories Event (we’ll be there too!) Write a Ballad promoting a Brighter
Sound project or event. Details below.
- No. 26 #HistoBright details
As part of the Manchester Music
Histories event ‘Concerts For The People’ on Thursday 27th Of March Brighter
Sound in partnership with Band On The Wall will present their extended vocal
programme for young people - Sing City - open to young vocalists and
songwriters looking to broaden their skills.
will be performing their original material inspired by the Manchester Ballads
with Folk Singer Jennifer Reid and Sing City Choir Leader Yvonne Shelton.
About The Broadside Ballads...
creation of newspapers, broadside ballads also known as slip songs were the
public’s chief source of information about current events. The ballads were
purchased by the common man from street singers, print shops and vendors
throughout the country.
Here is an
example of an original Manchester Ballad:
"New Bayley Treadmill":
"In Manchester New Bayley we've got a new corn mill
And those whose action send them here of it will have their fill.
Prisoners let this a caution be, obey me in a crack
Or I will take my whip and flog you right well o'er your back.
So work work mind mind and work with free goodwill
In Manchester New Bayley, we've got a treading mill"
(The New Bayley Prison - actually Salford - was opened in 1790 and the
treadmill installed in 1824. The ballad, printed by Swindells, reads like a
salutary warning to wrongdoers but is not without a touch of humour.)
The Histonaut task is to promote as
many Brighter Sound projects and events at Band On The Wall as possible, via
Social media in the style of the Broadside Ballads.
example of what we are looking for to inspire you with your task...
Brighter Sound Broadside Ballad
"Have You Heard The Sweet Noise Brighter Sound Is Creating?
Diverse With Initiative in Music Making
Subsidised Classes, Workshops and Choirs
Creative Learning That Shapes And Inspires
Write with Sing City, Perform On Top Of The World!
Brighter Sound is the space where Imagination unfurls
For A Creative Programme, And A Guide To What's On
Visit out website at brightersound.com "
Or… something like
"Spreading The News From The Band On The Wall Foundation,
Inviting All Of The Manchester Population.
With A Musical Menu Diverse And Eclectic ,
The Venue's A Land Mark And The History Is Epic.
For The Hidden Music Histories We Want You To Tweet,
... Support our Foundation, 25
Swan Street !"
To Find out all you can about Band On
The Wall Foundation and other Brighter Sound Projects visit : www.brightersound.com and www.bandonthewall.org/
of honour: Histonaut 0.3 will be tweeting from events throughout the week! Go
and find her, whisper the password and nab an official Histonauts
Identification Nodule (HIN) She can usually be found in a green parker and has
her own HIN. They are also available at the Belle Vue: Showground of the World
Exhibition http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/whatson/bellevueshowgroundoftheworld Simply let us know you've got your
mitts on one!
With your HIN you can easily identify other Histonauts so you know who to elbow
out of the way for that New Order vinyl in Oxfam... or take a picture with for
extra points! Photos with fellow Histonauts must be tagged with them
& you! (On email, names will suffice!) That way you ALL get the points!!
The more Histonauts proudly wearing their HINs the more points love to spread!!
PHOTO WITH FELLOW HISTONAUT: 100 each