A new film documenting the sprawling music scene of Greater Manchester is set to debut on global streaming platform United We Stream.
The documentary, titled Manchester Music Then and Now: Music Worth Fighting For, will debut Friday, December 18th. It chronicles the rich history of Manchester’s diverse music scene and highlights some of the new talent and venues continuing to elevate the city’s music.
Musicians appearing in Music Worth Fighting For include Elbow, New Order and Joy Division, Manchester Collective and Valve and DJ Olli Ryder. Additionally, industry figures like Rose Gill, Oliver Wilson, and Sacha Lord are featured, among other tour managers, photographers, and promoters.
The city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is also documented, as well as United We Stream’s contributions to streamed performances form Manchester artists.
“Alongside people working across the leisure, hospitality and visitor economy, the live music scene has arguably been hit harder than any other by the pandemic,” said Sheona Southern, managing director at Marketing Manchester, in a statement about the documentary. “This film highlights the strength of spirit that surrounds Manchester music as we look forward to a time when visitors can return to our brilliant venues.”
“With signs that an end to the pandemic might now be in sight, I won’t be alone in looking forward to being able to return to see brilliant live music in Manchester,” added Lord.
The project was funded by Marketing Manchester and VisitEngland, and produced by Marketing Manchester Content Curator Simon Donohue in partnership with a team at Social Communications. Videographer and editor Luke Barnett led that team. Denise Johnson also appears in the film, which is dedicated to her memory.
The documentary will be free to view on United We Stream Greater Manchester, but donations to charities that support people affected by the pandemic are encouraged. More information is available via Marketing Manchester.