MADchester: A musical tour of Manchester through the years

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Come and explore the historical era of MADchester where the 80's & 90's put Manchester on the map for music. 

Visit the location of the Sex Pistols gig in the 70's which was the inspiration for it all. With stories of kidnap, bankruptcy and Barbados this guide will give you the lowdown on bands like The Smiths, Happy Mondays, Oasis & even Madonna.

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  • Please be cautious of traffic
  • Kids under 12 should be guided by their parents
  • Game ends in another place than it starts
  • Untimed Competition
  • After your booking, you will receive an email with instructions on how to download and play the game on your phone.
  • Pause, continue exploring at your own pace or replay at any time.

Places you will visit


It will take you

105-135 mins

You will walk

5650 steps

Total distance

4.3 km


  • Find out where Oasis played their first gig and where they buy their shoes

  • Visit the site of the Hacienda MADchester's home of the acid house era

  • Explore the site where Joy Division filmed their greatest hit

  • Visit the bar where Elbow drink

  • See the site of the bar where Liam Gallagher and Shaun Ryder were famously banned from


You are the new owner of the music label Factory Records made famous in the 80 and 90s by the previous founder Tony Wilson who signed the likes of Joy Division, New Order & the Happy Mondays who were partly responsible for creating the MADCHESTER era.

You need funds and, therefore, you need to learn more about the history of the era to build investor confidence.

Game route

Starting point Jonny Roadhouse Music
123 Oxford Rd, All Saints, Manchester M1 7DU, UK
Finish point Afflecks Palace
52 Church St, Manchester M4 1PW, UK
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Get the app and you're all set

Download it, choose your route and just walk to the starting point.

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20 Mar 2023

josh W

08 Nov 2022

F Reeds

01 Nov 2022

Mike Sandley

21 Oct 2022
really good


21 Oct 2022

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  • Discover new places

    As you walk and tour around the city, you will visit new cool places.

  • Solve puzzles, crack riddles

    You will test your wits and exploring abilities with fun challenges.

  • Learn fun history

    Each place comes with its own bit of history that you'll discover as you walk.

  • Role-play

    Put yourself in the shoes of a famous fictional character and play out their story.


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