Manchester Hip Hop Archive: Pop Up Exhibition

We are excited to announce that the Manchester Hip Hop Archive: Pop Up Exhibition has been extended for Beyond The Music and conference delegates will get to check it out.

Situated inside the ground floor unit of NCP on New Quay Street in Spinningfields, the exhibition will display 250+ items from the 1970s to present day, that encapsulate the evolution and impact of Hip Hop on our city’s artistic, social, and political landscape.

Open from 12pm – 8pm between the Thursday & Saturday of Beyond The Music, the collection includes clothing, photographs, records, sketchbooks, posters and flyers that vividly showcase core elements of Hip Hop – emceeing, deejaying, breakin’ and graff. Entry is free.

Highlights include a 106FM D.I.Y. pirate radio transmitter built by Sergei (DNA) that was used to fearlessly broadcast unauthorised signals from makeshift studios and tower blocks across Manchester in the 2000s, introducing listeners to grass root DJs and artists.

The legacy of 106FM lives on, having since transformed into Unity Radio 92.8FM, the first independent black music radio station at Media City.

Other gems surfacing from the vaults of the Manchester Hip Hop Archive’s collection include cassette tape recordings of the late Stu Allan’s “Bus Diss” radio show from the 1980s, vintage Adidas from 1984, a Mr Scruff sketch book with ‘Keep It Unreal’ post card artworks spanning 20 years of shows at Band on the Wall, along with significant streetwear items from the pioneering boutique, The Sheep Store, acknowledged as one of the earliest, if not the very first, grey importers of the Supreme, X-Large, and Stussy brands within the UK.

A party thrown by DJ Kool Herc and his sister Cindy at 1520 Sedgewick Avenue in the Bronx on 11 August 1973 is officially recognised as the birthday and birthplace of Hip Hop.

50 years later, Hip Hop is a global cultural movement that’s richly woven into the fabric of our own city, for which the Manchester Hip Hop Archive’s unique collection of memorabilia and materials authentically showcases Manchester’s position in the history of UK Hip Hop.

Click here to find out more about The Manchester Hip Hop Archvie.

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