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Monday, 20 December 2010

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square

Manchester Town Hall, Albert Square. (c) youngestpensioner.

Very occasionally Manchester allows its magnificent Town Hall to play host to musicians and even parties.  These two fliers from the 1980s show that on 1st November 1985 was the Halloween Hellraiser party, with horror films, bands, disco and more importantly (and what just about qualifies it for inclusion), a late bar.

Halloween Hellraiser party at the Town Hall, 01/11/1985. (c) MDMA.

One of Manchester's most celebrated adopted daughters, Nico, of Velvert Underground fame, was famously part of the Hulme scene of the '80s.  She played a gig at the Town Hall in March 1985.

Nico gig at the Town Hall, 13/03/1987. (c) MDMA.

More recently, the likes of Daniel Johnston and Laura Marling have played in the Grand Hall at the Town Hall.  Its fantastically grand interior reflects the more serene style of musician that tends to play here these days.

Manchester Town Hall interior. (c) flickr.

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