Helpyourself Manchester

A film about DIY music

Manchester is known for its reputation as the birthplace of many famous bands, but although music is held in high regard throughout the city, the struggle for venues and the financial difficulties in organising gigs are obstacles commonly faced by those who want to put on bands outside of the mainstream context and free from the current corporate climate. Helpyourself Manchester explores the lesser-known community of DIY music in the city by focusing on a group of friends who put on bands such as Explosions In The Sky, Hoover and Enablers (alongside many lesser known national and local bands) in living rooms, basements and local venues in the early to mid 00’s.

The documentary uses a range of styles and cut and paste techniques to reflect the aesthetics and diversity of the DIY movement as it was, and in many ways still is in Manchester. Combining archive footage, interviews, animation and Psychogeographical recordings, the film delves into the emotions, difficulties and successes of the time, told from the perspective of those involved. As much a celebration of friendship and collaboration as it is of DIY, this documentary takes the viewer on a rarely seen journey to the fringes of music.




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  1. Nick said:

    How, when and where can I watch this?

    • Come to our Launch on the Friday 23rd of November at the Klondyke Club in Levenshulme.
      Details coming shortly… after that we will have it free to view here on our blog!

    • The Film is screening at the Klondyke Club 1 Burnage Lane, Levenshulme, Manchester M19 2HQ- Doors 7:30, film starts at 8:00pm sharp, two music acts follow, names of acts still to be confirmed.
      If you are not in Manchester keep posted for updates on when ‘Helpyourself Manchester will be screening near you, or better yet, collaborate with us to organise a screening in your area.
      Otherwise DVD copies will be available from the end of next month onwards and the film will eventually be free to view on this blog.

  2. Nick said:

    Just been looking through all the old gig flyers on
    And I saw that there was an exhibition of the originals at Kraak in 2010. Would be amazing if you could set up an exhibition of them at The Klondyke for this.

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