Wednesday 22 Jan 2020
[@]Manchester is Music
From Oasis to Joy Division, The Smiths to The Stone Roses, the list of bands the city has spawned is endless and their impact on the world is immeasurable.
So if you’ve come to Manchester for its music scene, it’s impossible to be disappointed For some a sell-out show at a 20,000 seater arena is the best way to watch live music.
Yet while The Stone Roses may be able to sell out Heaton Park for three nights on the trot, and Oasis may be able to take over Manchester Arena or the Etihad Stadium, it wasn’t in packed arenas that these bands made their name.
It was intimate, sweaty clubs, pubs and venues across Manchester, crammed with people and character. Here’s a few that any music fan would be mad to miss if they’re spending some time in one of the world’s great cities of music.
Manchester Music festivalsManchester has a thriving music festival scene incorpating everything from classical to the indie 'In The City' music industry event in September. For more information read our Festivals article.
Classical Music Scene
Manchester has a very established classical music scene; its perfomance spaces attract internationally renowned performers and productions plus world class musical education centres such as the RNCM
Matt and Phreds
Most notably known for showcasing the best in local and international Jazz, Matt & Phred's offers much, much more. There are live music gigs six nights a week, encompassing the likes of Jazz, Folk, Gypsy, Electro, Salsa, Swing, World and even a little bit of Ska
Spanning three floors, featuring a 500 capacity basement club and a ground floor bar. The second floor is a music room and bar. Regular Night Club events use all three floors catering for up to 1100 revellers
Read Our Guides
Unlock Manchester visitor guides are available in hotels and magazine racks across the city. You can also read them for FREE online at issuu.com
What's On in Manchester?
Cinema, Theatre, Music and Events: find out what’s on in Manchester today, this week and coming soon with our FREE listings
Unlock Manchester reviews Food and Drink, Shows, Music and Exhibitions. Find out what we can recommend for your day or night in Manchester.
Manchester Transport Services
Buses, Trams, Trains and Private Hire Taxis: Manchester has a solution for you to get where you need to be.
Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’
Only 30 minutes by Tram from the City Centre, Bury and its attractions make a good day trip
Nestled between the Irwell and Medloack rivers Castlefield is where the Romans established 'Mamucium'. Experience the old and modern and explore its attractions
China Town, a stone's throw from Piccadilly Gardens, offers restaurants, specialist supermarkets and entertainment all in one space
Connecting most parts of the city, this mile-long road is worth a stroll along and offers some great shops and places to eatRead About All Manchester‘s Quarters