Live Music

Manchester is undeniably one of the UK hotspots for live music. With many of its most iconic venues based on the Oxford Road Corridor, we can confidently claim that music is part of our DNA and that we are proud of the long-standing musical heritage that continues to inspire future generations and fuel the city’s night time economy.

Oxford Road Corridor’s love affair with live music dates back as far as 1858 when Sir Charles Hallé formed Manchester’s symphony orchestra at the Lesser Free Trade Hall. Fast forward to 1966 and the Free Trade Hall would become part of musical history again when Bob Dylan was famously heckled for going electric. Ten years later the Sex Pistols played the “gig that changed the world”. Punk was born with Joy Division, The Fall, Magazine and The Smiths, not far behind. 

Famous venues like the Ritz and the Academy have hosted many legendary acts over the years, whilst smaller venues such as YES, The Deaf Institute, Big Hands and Gorilla ensure the city keeps its finger on the pulse with an unrivalled programme of contemporary bands and DJs. For the traditionalists, the RNCM is one of the leading conservatoires in the world and The Bridgewater Hall is home to three resident orchestras: the Hallé, the BBC Philharmonic and Manchester Camerata. 

Keep scrolling to find out more about best live music venues as well as upcoming gigs and concerts.

Upcoming Gigs & Concerts

o2 Ritz Manchester | 23 June 2024

Alvvays returns to Manchester this summer in celebration of their rapturously received 2022 album Blue Rev.

RNCM Big Band with Sara Dowling (vocals)
Royal Northern College of Music | 27 June 2024

Royal Northern College of Music is thrilled to welcome Sara Dowling back to the college for a sizzling evening of jazz.

RNCM Symphony Orchestra
The Bridgewater Hall | 28 June 2024

Royal Northern College of Music’s annual celebratory concert returns to The Bridgewater Hall and they would love for you to join them.

Body Count ft. Ice-T
o2 Ritz Manchester | 1 July 2024

World-acclaimed heavy metal band Body Count fronted by legendary Ice-T, are touring their eighth studio album Merciless.

White Lies
Gorilla | 3 July 2024

White Lies have become one of the biggest cult guitar bands in operation, playing to thousands in countless cities around the globe.

The Silent Planet
Royal Northern College of Music | 3 July 2024

The Silent Planet is an unprecedented collaboration with the youth-led global climate non-profit organisation, Force of Nature.

Nature’s Music
Manchester Museum | 6 July 2024

RNCM will transform Manchester Museum into an immersive experience where the allure of music meets the awe of nature.

Nils Frahm
The Bridgewater Hall | 10 July 2024

Berlin-based pianist, composer and producer Nils Frahm brings a sonic alchemy of ambient textures and atmospheric electronica to The Bridgewater Hall this summer.

The Guest List
Gorilla | 19 July 2024

Up-and-coming Manchester rock group The Guest List headline the Gorilla after stints supporting Two Door Cinema Club, and Seb Lowe.

Gorilla | 27 July 2024

M24 brought his saucy brand ofdrill to the UK mainstream inthe late ‘10s and early ‘20s. Coming up under the 150 Banner.

Thomas Dolby
o2 Ritz Manchester | 17 August 2024

GRAMMY Award-nominated Thomas Dolby’s impressive career has spanned over 35 years. Catch him at The Ritz this August.

Gorilla | 22 August 2024

NEIL FRANCES is a Los Angeles-based duo comprising Australian-born Jordan Feller and Southern California native Marc Gilfry.

Manchester Psych Fest 2024
Various Venues | 31 August 2024

Manchester Psych Fest is an all-day celebration of psychedelic music and art, returning to the Oxford Road Corridor in August.

The Lemon Twigs
Manchester Academy | 12 September 2024

The Lemon Twigs—the much-hyped New York City rock band fronted by brothers Brian and Michael D’Addario—visit The Academy this September.

o2 Ritz Manchester | 30 September 2024

Masked Manchester rapper Meekz is back with his latest release Tru, which follows his debut mixtape Respect The Come Up.

The Dandy Warhols
o2 Ritz Manchester | 2 October 2024

Portland alt-rockers The Dandy Warhols are back on the road with their latest album, Rockmaker.

Duff McKagan
Manchester Academy | 3 October 2024

Duff McKagan, legendary Guns N’ Roses bassist stops by Manchester Academy this autumn in support of his latest solo outing, Lighthouse.

Neighbourhood Festival
Gorilla, YES, The Ritz | 5 October 2024

Neighbourhood Festival returns to Manchester this October with a takeover of venues across the Oxford Road.

o2 Ritz Manchester | 8 October 2024

JET hit the UK for the first time since 2009 to celebrates 20 years of their brilliant 2003 Platinum debut album, Get Born.

Max Cooper
o2 Ritz Manchester | 10 October 2024

Max Cooper merges electronic music and visual art with scientific enquiry to create an unforgettable immersive live performance.

Ishmael Ensemble
Gorilla | 19 October 2024

Ishmael Ensemble has gone from a bedroom recording project to an integral part of the thriving U.K. Jazz scene.

Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells
The Bridgewater Hall | 22 October 2024

Tubular Bells is world-renowned as one of the most celebrated examples of music in film for its soundtracking of horror classic The Exorcist.

Manchester Central | 23 – 27 October 2024

International music convention WOMEX comes to Manchester this October, after the city won its bid to host on behalf of the UK and Ireland.

Manchester Academy | 26 October 2024

Gothenburg’s experimental psychedelic rock outfit Goat visit Manchester Academy this autumn, bringing with them expecations of an explosive performance.

Los Bitchos
o2 Ritz Manchester | 26 October 2024

London based instrumental four-piece Los Bitchos are back with their first new music since their debut album Let The Festivities Begin!.

Medium Build
Manchester Academy | 7 November 2024

American queer singer-songwriter Medium Build has a growing reputation, opening shows for Lewis Capaldi and now headlining his own shows.

The Orb + Ozric Tentacles
o2 Ritz Manchester | 8 November 2024

The ambient soundscapes of The Orb and Ozric Tentacles’ blend of instrumental psychedelic rock with beats and spacey soundscapes.

English Teacher
o2 Ritz Manchester | 14 November 2024

English Teacher brings their unique alt-rock sound to The Ritz as they head out on tour to share their debut album This Could Be Texas.

Ibibio Sound Machine
Manchester Academy | 15 November 2024

Ibibio Sound Machine is a clash of African and electronic elements inspired in equal measure by the golden era of West-African funk & disco and modern post-punk & electro.

Cassandra Jenkins
Yes | 18 November 2024

Cassandra Jenkins deftly weaves field recording, found sound, and ancillary audio to createe ambient hypnotic folk.

Gorilla | 20 November 2024

Odeal is a versatile artist whose music standsout for its cross-pollinated sounds and fusion of R&B, Alté, and Afro.

The Hallé Presents: Nitin Sawhney in Concert
The Bridgewater Hall | 5 December 2024

A special evening lies ahead when the internationally renowned composer, musician and producer, Nitin Sawhney CBE, makes his Hallé debut.

The Slow Readers Club
o2 Ritz Manchester | 5 December 2024

Critically acclaimed Manchester band The Slow Readers Club are back on the road with their anthemic post punk songs full of addictive melodies, sing-along choruses and heartfelt lyrics.

Alabama 3
O2 Ritz Manchester | 7 December 2024

Alabama 3 celebrate debut album, Exile On Coldharbour Lane and their sophomore album, La Peste, alongside a selection of greatest hits.

o2 Ritz Manchester | 9 December 2024

DIIV helped to foster a shoegaze scene that has since swept up many imaginations, they rose above it despite nearly falling apart.

Midge Ure
The Bridgewater Hall | 9 December 2024

Experience a spectacular musical journey with Midge Ure’s Catalogue: The Hits Tour – a celebration of the singer and musician’s remarkable 50-year career, from his beginnings in Slik to monumental achievements with Ultravox and pivotal roles in Band Aid and Live Aid.

The Bootleg Beatles
The Bridgewater Hall | 10 December 2024

Regarded the world over as the gold standard of tribute, The Bootleg Beatles return this Christmas for another nostalgic trip.

Lloyd Cole
The Bridgewater Hall | 24 January 2025

Debyshire-bore singer songwriter and former Commotions front man, Lloyd Cole plays The Bridgewater Hall in 2025.

Pretty Vacant
The Bridgewater Hall | 6 February 2025

From its birth in New York City to its adolescence in London and onto its maturity across the globe, Pretty Vacant celebrates the legacy of the punk and New Wave movements.

Manchester Collective x Clark | Refractions
The Bridgewater Hall | 25 April 2025

The magnificent Manchester Collective teams up with composer–producer Clark for a very special new collaboration.

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