Manchester Music

By Matthew 20/10/2017 23:03:07


Live music and entertainment

Manchester's thriving music scene has been one of the most influential in history. With a rich musical heritage that created such bands as Joy Division, New Order, the Verve, the Smiths, the Happy Mondays, the Stone Roses and Oasis, without question there is something for all tastes.

The music scene in the 80's marked a turning point in music and the clubbing revolution. 'Mr Manchester' - Tony Wilson, founder of Factory Records, opened the legendary 'Hacienda', at the time 'the most famous nightclub in the world' and host to upcoming stars at the time, including Madonna and New Order.

To view some of the larger acts, you may want to check out: Manchester Academy, Oxford Road University- usually hosts the hottest new and current acts as well as unsigned bands.


  • The Apollo, Ardwick Green – known for touring bands and occasionally comedians.
  • MEN Arena, Victoria Station – a massive venue used by international acts.
  • G-Mex, Whitworth Street- hosts high profile rock concerts and sporting events.


For smaller, more intimate venues you may like to try:

  • Night and Day Café, 26 Oldham Street.
  • The Roadhouse, 8 Newton Street for indie, hip hop and rock acts.
  • Jilly's Rockworld, 65A Oxford Street. The name is synonymous as being one of the best rock clubs in the UK, with a repertoire including classic rock, nu-metal, emo, ska, punk, indie and thrash.


Manchester nightlife is distinctive, colourful, vibrant, varied, and innovative. It is the life and soul of the city.

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