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  • Madchester is a British music scene that developed in the Manchester area, England, towards the late 1980s and into the early 1990s. The music that emerged from the scene mixed alternative rock, psychedelic rock and electronic dance music. Artists associated with the scene included the Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses, the Inspiral Carpets, Northside, Paris Angels, 808 State, James, the Charlatans, and A Guy Called Gerald. At that time, the Haçienda nightclub was a major catalyst for the distinctive musical ethos in the city that was called the Second Summer of Love. Although the scene spawned several widely acclaimed acts, it has also been described by critic Penny Anderson of The Guardian as "the breeding ground for aggressively marketed mediocrity".

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