Erected in 1928, O2 Ritz initially served as a dance hall in its beginning, later becoming one of Manchester’s most famous live music venues. It is still today.
In late 50s and early 60s, it was home to Pop and Rock ‘n’ Roll evenings, hosting acts such as legendary The Beatles and Frank Sinatra. By the mid-80s and early 90s, O2 Ritz welcomed the likes of Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses or The Smiths or onto its stage with the latter performing their very first gig in here on 4 October 1982 with a short but legendary set. More recently it hosted also major bands including R.E.M., Royal Blood or Arctic Monkeys.
Satans Hollow is a quirky night club in central Manchester for all those fond of heavier Rock music like Metal, Hard Rock, Punk and similar.
Another spot for Heavy Metal lovers and Hard Rock enthusiasts is Grand Central. The centrally located pub also hosts live bands. Truly a must-see for Metal freaks and those fond of heavier music when in Manchester.
Still got energy after the concert? Step into Fifth club for an ultimate post-gig celebrating with tunes from Dance to Indie.
Another favourite haunt for Indie music lovers in town: Factory is housed in the former headquarters of legendary record label Factory Records. Today one of the city's most popular night clubs, focussing on everything from Indie to Dance.
Opened in 1938, O2 Apollo is one of the premier live venues in the UK, with gigs from numerous major Rock, Pop, and Indie artists on the touring circuit.
Essential part of Manchester's music scene with up-and-coming local bands and more renowned ones on stage. Also with a strong educational focus, providing musical opportunities for everyone.
It's intimate, but bustling and rough: Ruby Lounge in Manchester's vibrant heart is host to the wildest Indie, Punk, and Rock performances in the city.
Manchester University is home to four different live music venues from various sizes. Manchester Academy has seen the likes of world-renowned acts performing on its stages.
This place with Baroque and Gothic elements is one of Manchester’s most iconic venues for live performances. Its acoustics are brilliant, so is the atmosphere.
One of the city's homes for Indie and Alternative live music: Rebellion. Also for those who are fond of Punk, Hip Hop, and Heavy Metal.
Cozy Night & Day Café has played and still plays an essential role in Manchester's music scene with many renowned bands having played early gigs in here.
An indoor arena just north of the city centre with large seating capacity, hosting the really big music events in Manchester. Key stop for most artists when touring the UK.
Parklife Festival is held annually, with an impressive line-up from local newcomers up to renowned acts from the UK and abroad.
Annually held Manchester Punk Festival takes places in various venues throughout the city, promoting newcomers in Punk scene as well as hosting more renowned acts.
This four-storey building offers space for live music venues as well as bars and a great rooftop terrace. Altogether equipped with a sensational sound system for an unforgettable music and entertainment experience.
The City of Manchester Stadium in Manchester, currently known as the Etihad Stadium is the home ground of Manchester City Football Club. It was built to host the Commonwealth Games back in 2002 and has since staged several football internationals as well as rugby league matches. During summer time is hosts huge music concerts.
This lively and popular bar exists since 1776. Yes, you read this correctly. Its musical heritage is therefore long. John Peel interviewed Ian Curtis from Joy Division here back in 1979. In 2010, the music hall was unveiled – an intimate 80 capacity live music venue and performance space.
O2 Ritz Manchester (Photo by Bachmeier / Ramsthaler)