Manchester is a great place to see live music, with many excellent venues of various sizes in and around the city. The variety of music has something for everybody, from one man bands to jazz bands, upcoming artists to world famous names.
Below are 5 great arenas to see live music performed:
Band on the Wall
Band on the Wall is situated at 25 Swan Street and can be found via sat nav using the postcode M4 5JZ. Neil Diamond has just finished playing here to capacity crowds and there are plenty of other gigs that will be taking place this month.
This venue is not run for profit and features student standby tickets and full price tickets of between £13 and £16. It has a capacity of 300 seats, so is cosier and not as crowded as some of the better known Manchester venues.
Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station is a mere ten minutes’ walk away and both Piccadilly and Victoria Railway Stations are just fifteen minutes away on foot. There are also numerous trams available, as well as the ever-present taxis.
Manchester Evening News Arena
The Manchester Evening News Arena (or often simply called the M.E.N) is situated directly over Victoria Station in Hunts Bank near to Piccadilly Rail Station. This much larger venue can seat between 3,000 to 21,000 which means it can accommodate much larger crowds than some of Manchester’s other live music venues.
On 28 July, iconic UK heavy metal band Iron Maiden who are famous for songs such as The Trooper and Run to the Hills will be performing at the M.E.N. Tickets are available at £43.30 each.
Over the next few months, the venue will also see performances from hugely popular acts such as Tinie Tempah, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, Arctic Monkeys and Arcade Fire.
Anyone driving to the venue will need to use the postcode M3 1AR. Should you be planning to stay over in Manchester, there are a few hotels in Manchester that are within a 5 minute walk of the M.E.N. These hotels include the Park Inn hotel and the Premier Inn.
The Deaf Institute
The Deaf Institute can be found at 135 Grosvenor Street using the postcode M1 7HE. Capable of holding between 260 to 500 people at one time depending on the type of show, this is one of the most attractive venues for live music in Manchester.
Within easy reached by tram from Piccadilly Train Station, ‘The Petebox’ has recently entertained crowds with his beatbox music here, with tickets sold for only £6.00.
Open Mic Sundays features free entry for all from 7 to 12 midnight and anybody can try their luck at singing to the crowd. Many famous acts have been discovered this way and therefore the performers and the audience continue to support this initiative enthusiastically.
The O2 Apollo
The O2 Apollo is an attractive Art Deco type building situated in Stockport Road. The closest transport is Piccadilly Rail Station and the tram runs from Piccadilly Station. There are also numerous bus routes passing close by and those driving can find the area using the postcode M12 6AP. The O2 Apollo can seat a maximum of 3,500 people at any one time and has seen some of the bigger names in music perform here recently..
Ke$ha, as part of her Get Sleazy World Tour played here on 11 July with and legendary rapper Snoop Dogg performed to sell-out crowds at the arena on the 15th July.
In the not so distant future the O2 Apollo will welcome huge names such as Adele, Katy B and Avril Lavigne to perform.
Another smaller and therefore more intimate club is The Roadhouse which can only seat a maximum of 200 people. This venue can be found at 8 Newton Street, Piccadilly (postcode M1 1HL).
The Roadhouse is conveniently situated just nine minutes on foot from Piccadilly Train Station. Ticket prices vary for each show, but rarely exceed £10.
Lesser known acts who are currently attempting to work their way up the ladder tend to play at this venue. Upcoming acts include Ivyrise and The Datsuns.
Manchester is a great city to visit for live music as there is such a diverse range of music played and the venues are so varied. There are plenty of other things to see and so whilst in Manchester too so why not make the most of your visit to Manchester by booking yourself into one of the many hotels in Manchester.