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

music Anna B Savage
YES | 22 March 2023

Anna B Savage comes to YES this March in support of their second album in⎮Flux which is out now on City Slang.

music RNCM Original Voices Festival
Royal Northern College of Music | 23 – 24 March 2023

RNCM Original Voices Festival celebrates new perspectives on music by reimagining how to perform and present works from the past.

music July Jones
The Deaf Institute | 23 March 2023

Catch Gen-Z icon July Jones in Manchester when they bring their razor-sharp electropop hooks to The Lodge at Deaf Institute.

music Hannah Laing
Joshua Brooks | 24 March 2023

Dundee’s Queen of house, Hannah Laing, returns to Joshua Brooks as part of her North Headline Tour.

music RNCM Opera: Mansfield Park
Royal Northern College of Music | 26 March – 1 April 2023

RNCM’s opera students take on Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park with musical styles ranging from Philip Glass to Stephen Sondheim with hints of Benjamin Britten along the way.

music Déjà Vega
Gorilla | 1 April 2023

Local band Déjà Vega return to the live stage with added walls of synths to their already pulsing, rhythmic bass and drums, overlayed with punchy guitars, and at times, hypnotic vocals.

music Kranium
Gorilla | 2 April 2023

International superstar Kranium is one of Dancehall’s most valuable players with his timeless approach, electrifying stage presence, and infectious charisma.

music Black Honey
Gorilla | 4 April 2023

Brighton quartet Black Honey take a break from supporting Liam Gallagher, The Libertines and IDLES to headline their own tour.

music Orielles
Canvas | 6 April 2023

West Yorkshire avant-pop heroes Orielles head to Canvas at Circle Square this April in support of their latest album, Tableau.

music Manchester Punk Festival
Gorilla | 7 – 9 April 2023

After a sell out success earlier this year, Manchester Punk Festival returns in Easter 2023 to venues across Oxford Road.

music Young Marco
YES | 7 April 2023

Young Marco is a crate digger, record collector and infamous party starter guaranteeing a good time at YES this April.

music Ríoghnach Connolly and Honeyfeet
Victoria Baths | 15 April 2023

Enjoy the sublime vocals of Ríoghnach Connolly and Honeyfeet in Victoria Bath’s beautiful Grade II* listed setting.

music Paul Taylor
Joshua Brooks | 15 April 2023

A DJ since the 70’s, Paul Taylor is an international club legend with his RETRO HOUSE nights. Catch him with K-Klass at Joshua Brooks

music The Hallé – The Rite of Spring
The Bridgewater Hall | 20 April 2023

Christian Reif, the US-based German conductor, returns to the Hallé, conducting a programme which includes Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring.

music Heir
The Deaf Institute | 21 April 2023

Following their sold-out show at YES, Yorkshire pop band, Heir is back in Manchester this Spring armed with a new EP.

music Petite Noir
YES | 21 April 2023

Petite Noir is the architect of a musical and cultural movement drawing creative energy from punk aesthetics and today’s African diaspora.

music Bill Ryder-Jones
YES | 23 April 2023

English multi-instrumentalist/composer/singer/songwriter/producer Bill Ryder-Jones is live at YES this month.

music Caitlin Rose
The Deaf Institute | 24 April 2023

Singer-songwriter Caitlin Rose visits The Deaf Insitute this April in support of her long-awaited record, CAZIMI which was released in November.

music The Hallé – Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony
The Bridgewater Hall | 26 – 30 April 2023

Corinna Niemeyer conducts Anna Lapwood in Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony over three nights at The Bridgewater Hall.

music Peter Doherty
O2 Ritz Manchester | 26 April 2023

Peter Doherty embarks on his first solo acoustic tour in ten years, with a series of intimate ‘Songbook’ shows.

music Lemar
O2 Ritz Manchester | 27 April 2023

Lemar celebrates two decades of music and the 20th anniversary of ‘Dedicated’ with a special night at The Ritz.

music Teleman
Gorilla | 29 April 2023

Teleman play Gorilla in April in support of Good Time / Hard Time, their most dancefloor-friendly record to date.

music Made in Manchester
Royal Northern College of Music | 3 – 5 May 2023

Royal Northern College of Music present Made in Manchester, a three day festival celebrating music inspired by the city. 

music Steve Mason
Gorilla | 3 May 2023

Scottish singer, songwriter, and producer Steve Mason rose to widespread critical acclaim in the late ’90s as a member of indie darlings the Beta Band.

music Ingrid Andress
Gorilla | 9 May 2023

GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Ingrid Andress is on tour in support of their sophomore album, Good Person.

music Golden Dregs
YES | 10 May 2023

The Golden Dregs spin subtly interweaving narratives about survival, loss and the limitations of community in the face of gentrification.

music Roy Ayers
O2 Ritz Manchester | 11 May 2023

Jazz-soul legend, band leader and vibraphonist, Roy Ayers heads out for one last time on his ‘Farewell Tour’.

music Kneecap
Gorilla | 11 May 2023

Kneecap have built up a notoriety for themselves which hasn’t been seen in Irish music, possibly ever. 

music Stonebwoy
Gorilla | 14 May 2023

Stonebwoy, is one of Ghana’s most beloved reggae/dancehall acts and he’s coming to Manchester for an unmissable performance.

music Sun June
YES | 16 May 2023

Sun June brings the gentle sway of country-leaning pop seeped in melancholy to YES this May.

music Louis Cole
Gorilla | 17 May 2023

Los Angeles based singer songwriter, Grammy awarded producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Louis Cole stops by Manchester’s Gorilla

music The Wedding Present
O2 Ritz Manchester | 20 May 2023

The Wedding Present celebrate the album 24 Songs tour, a collection of singles released by the band every month in 2022.

music Ellie Dixon
The Deaf Institute | 20 May 2023

Alt pop artist Ellie Dixon is coming to Deaf Insitute this May. Expect funky bass lines, witty lyrics, earworm melodies.

music Cloud Nothings
YES | 20 May 2023

Ohio indie rock outfit Cloud Nothings return to the UK to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of their record ‘Attack on Memory’.

music Philip Selway
Gorilla | 21 May 2023

Legendary Radiohead drummer Philip Selway plays Gorilla in support of new album, Stange Dance.

music A.A. Williams
The Deaf Institute | 22 May 2023

A.A. Williams creates dark and deeply atmospheric songs with a richly textured voice, matched by her impressive instrumental abilities.

music Thumpasaurus
The Deaf Institute | 24 May 2023

Deaf Insitute are delighted to have the 10-legged groove machine Thumpasaurus struttin on up to their stage this May.

music Girls of the Internet
YES | 27 May 2023

Known for eclectic disco-inspired house music both behind the decks and in the studio, catch Girls of the Internet live at The Pink Room.

music Surprise Chef
YES | 29 May 2023

Surprise Chef’s distinct sound pulls from 70s film scores, the funkier side of jazz, and the samples that form the foundation of hip-hop.

music Flowdan
Joshua Brooks | 2 June 2023

A huge name within the Grime scene, Flowdan is coming to Manchester. Catch a British urban music legend live at Joshua Brooks this summer.

music audiobooks
YES | 3 June 2023

Expect heavy dub-driven monsters and irresistible synth-pop bangers when audiobooks play Yes this June.

music Jen Cloher
The Deaf Institute | 7 June 2023

Jen Cloher’s taut, terse brand of rock is charged with the static tension that comes with being an eternal misfit. Admirers have naturally gravitated towards Cloher’s incisive, generous songwriting.

music Rakim
O2 Ritz Manchester | 8 June 2023

Celebrating his nearly four-decade hip-hop career, legendary rapper Rakim formed the blueprint for the future of hip-hop.

music Screaming Females
YES | 17 June 2023

Catch Screaming Females at YES this June, one of the most dynamic and devastating touring bands going today.

music RNCM 50th Birthday Celebration
Royal Northern College of Music | 22 June 2023

Royal Northern College of Music celebrates its 50th birthday and half a century of forging incredible careers across the music industry.

music Opera Gala with Opera North
Royal Northern College of Music | 28 June 2023

Join RNCM vocal students and he Orchestra of Opera North for a fantastic evening of opera’s greatest hits.

exhibition Sonics, stories and scenes of the Diaspora
The Manchester Museum | 1 July 2023

SEEN Magazine and Manchester Museum shine a spotlight on the sounds of the South Asian diaspora for Manchester International Festival.

music Sonic Geography
The Bridgewater Hall | 7 July 2023

Lose yourself in the world premiere of Sonic Geography by John Luther Adams, played by pianist Ralph Van Raat.

music Belle and Sebastian
Manchester Academy | 21 July 2023

Belle and Sebastian play Manchester Academy in support of their tenth album, A Bit of Previous, released in 2022.

music Manchester Psych Fest 2023
Circle Square | 2 September 2023

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

music Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs
O2 Ritz Manchester | 30 September 2023

Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are touring their fourth studio album, Land of Sleeper, stopping by The Ritz this September.

music Gang of Four
O2 Ritz Manchester | 4 October 2023

Gang of Four, one of the most radically important, and influential rock groups of the last 40 years, play Manchester this October.

music Wrest
The Deaf Institute | 28 October 2023

Hotly tipped Scottish indie rock group Wrest are coming to Manchester’s Deaf Insitute for a headline date.

music Personal Trainer
The Deaf Institute | 4 November 2023

Personal Trainer is Willem Smit’s rock collective. Live, they have an ever-shifting line-up with members from bands like Pip Blom.

music This Is The Kit
Manchester Academy | 24 November 2023

This Is The Kit tour in support of their richly illuminating album Off Off On, a record overflowing with ideas, energy and power.

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