Music in Manchester


Experience one of Manchester's best known venues

Band on the Wall has witnessed all kinds of music genres, from jazz to punk, with famous local post-punk bands such as the Buzzcocks, the Fall and Joy Division having graced its stage. Now a not-for-profit venue run by registered charity Inner City Music, performances on the main stage help to support the charity’s school and community education endeavours.

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Hear new acts in a converted chapel

The Albert Hall is a Grade II listed converted chapel in Manchester’s city centre. The vents venue is renowned for welcoming up-and-coming artists as well as established stars, and the ornate surrounding make is an almost spiritual experience!


Calling all Smiths fans

Smiths fans from around the world have made the pilgrimage to the Salford Lads Club to recreate the famous inside cover of The Queen is Dead, famously showing the Manchester-born band standing outside the building. The club is a major tourist attraction and its dedicated Smiths Room is open for visitors throughout the year.


Hear the top notch acoustics at Bridgewater Hall

Since it opened in the mid-1990s, this purpose-built Bridgewater concert hall has met the highest acoustic standards as home to the city's Hallé Orchestra. Take a guided tour to learn about its ingenious design.


See a gig at Europe's biggest arena

For mainstream rock, indie and pop acts check out the biggest indoor arena in Europe – the Manchester Arena, which will welcome acts such as The Libertines, 5 Seconds of Summer and Janet Jackson to the stage in 2016.

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