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Manchester What's On, Entertainment, Tickets and Eating Out Guide

Saturday 20 Apr 2024

[@]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

    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


  • Band on the Wall

    Band on the Wall

    Live music from rock to reggae and folk, with a cafe/bar and box office in a former cinema space

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    Address: 25 Swan Street, The Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JZ
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  • Deaf Institute

    Deaf Institute

    The Deaf Institute is an independent fun loving bar & venue, spread across 3 floors, with three bars, a kitchen & a roof terrace

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    Address: Deaf Institute, 135 Grosvenor Street, Manchester M1 7HE
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  • Gorilla


    Industrial chic bar/club under the railway arches, with a grill menu, a gin parlour and live music

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    Address: 54-56 Whitworth Street West, Manchester M1 5WW
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  • Matt and Phreds

    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

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    Address: 64 Tib Street, Manchester, M4 1LW
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Manchester a City of ‘Quarters’

Bury - Part of Historic Manchester


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 - City Centre

China Town

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 eat

Read About All Manchester‘s Quarters