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Madchester Music: 3 Characteristics of Madchester Music

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Mar 4, 2022 • 5 min read

The indie rock and rave scene of 1980s Manchester—characterized by distinctive fashion, eclectic musical styles, and heavy use of MDMA (ecstasy)—came to be known as the Madchester scene. Learn more about the history, characteristics, and notable artists of Madchester music.