We carry bands right round not only the UK but also all of Europe on our travels in our sleep buses. We’ve been driving artists since the 2000’s, so we know all of the big cities pretty well. Today we’re sharing some cool venues in Manchester.
Whether you’re a metal band, a rock band, a punk band, urban, indie, classical, pop, Manchester most likely has a venue for you. It is a city that encourages and embraces live music, and has built somewhat of a musical legacy.
And with that here are 5 live music venues in Manchester that we adore.
Night and Day Cafe
Night and Day is an iconic Manchester venue, found at 26 Oldham Street in the Northern Quarter of the City. This legendary venue first launched back in 1991 as a classic fish and chip shop! Even after management got swapped they still had special fish fry nights with live jazz music playing. Many bands have played here over the years in their earlier days, including Arctic Monkeys, Wet Leg, and even The Courteeners’ first ever gig! The café hosts local and international bands, supporting many alternative artists whilst also serving food including sandwiches, burgers and wraps. A Manchester must-see!
If you’re looking for a stylish bar and some live music this is the place! The Fitzgerald on Stevenson Square in the Northern Quarter. It’s been described as a ‘hidden gem’ and has a 1920’s speakeasy atmosphere. They host a variety of different genres including dance, blues, jazz, R&B and soul. Manchester really does adhere to every genre. The ambience in this bar is unmatched, an intimate experience with a capacity of just 110 people standing and 70 seated. To play here would be iconic.
O2 Ritz Manchester
A venue with a higher capacity is the O2 Ritz Arena, with the space to facilitate up to 1500 customers. It’s based on Whitworth Street West and was first built as a dance hall back in 1927! Some notable acts that’ve played here include The Beatles, the Smiths, Liam Gallagher, the Stone Roses and Arctic Monkeys. In fact, this was where the Smiths played their first ever gig back in 1982! The Ritz has definitely earned its spot on our list.
What’s cool about Albert Hall as a music venue is that it used to be a Methodist chapel, designed to hold church ceremonies as well as ‘People’s Concerts,’ where the public were invited to embrace Manchester’s music scene. This means grand gothic ceilings and architecture that is incomparable. Also, it can fit up to 2200 standing guests.
Deaf Institute is one of the most respected venues in the city. Grand stone walls, velvet curtains, 3 floors. This used to be a facility for educating children with hearing loss, but became abandoned and was refurbished as a club and live music venue. Artists such as Kate Tempest, the 1975 and Johnny Marr have all played here. Despite having some issues with closing its doors during the pandemic they’ve managed to stay open due to the publics out-cry of this beloved venue. It’s up and running still!
Want to hear about other cities live music venues? We’ve travelled far and wide on our sleeper buses and would be happy to share.